The Kit: 3 Natural Hair Updos to Try Now

I started wearing my hair in an Afro last spring, after 15 years of fighting its natural texture with chemicals and hot tools. For a while, I luxuriated in the time saved (my straightening routine ate up two hours a week), but lately I’ve been suffering from the beauty version of “I have nothing to wear.”

So I called on hair whiz Janet Jackson to teach me her no-heat updo ways. The owner of JouJou Hair Studio in Etobicoke, Ont., Jackson has worked with Rita Ora and Keshia Chanté, and she was lead hairstylist on Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video. As it turned out, I had two big surprises in store: 1. The styles were way easier than they looked, and 2. They made me feel invincible.

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