Inside the Cool-Girl Beauty Routines of TK Wonder and Cipriana Quann

Their motto? Keep it simple.

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Identical twins TK Wonder and Cipriana Quann, 27, are the kind of women who turn heads when they walk down the street. With their tall frames, amazing style, and gorgeous, natural hair, there's really no question as to why. The question, more often, is about the hair itself.

"How do you hold your head up with all that hair?" "Is that all yours?" "Are those dreadlocks?" they get asked by passersby. (For the record, no—it's their natural texture.) "We don't mind the questions if they're coming from a genuine and curious place," says Cipriana. "A lot of people don't see our hair texture a lot, so we don't mind. We actually enjoy it."

Cipriana, a blogger and founder of UrbanBushBabes.com (opens in new tab) has been wearing her hair natural for seven years, while TK Wonder, a musician (opens in new tab), has been rocking hers for twelve. They've become, perhaps unwittingly, icons of the natural hair movement—and they wear it well.

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"We're actually not huge hair-product junkies," Cipriana told us in the duo's Manhattan work apartment overlooking the Empire State Building. "I will try out different makeup, but when it comes to hair I say 'If it ain't broke don't fix it.' If the product works for me I don't tend to switch or change at all. We've been using VO5 Tea Therapy conditioner (opens in new tab) ($2), and it's super cheap and works really well."

Other favorites? Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Soap (opens in new tab) ($7), Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (opens in new tab) ($11), Infusium 23 Leave-In Treatment Spray (opens in new tab) ($7), and Aura Cacia Balancing Jojoba oil (opens in new tab) ($10).

"I think the number-one key is to look at the ingredients: If you're having a hard time pronouncing them then don't put it in your hair," says Cipriana, who is also a fan of Shea Moisture products (opens in new tab).

But that doesn't mean they don't like other, non-natural stuff. "I'm not a product militant," TK chimes in. "I'm not going to sit here and say you shouldn't use something because it's not natural. I use products, like this Pantene spray conditioner (opens in new tab) ($7), that aren't natural because they work really well for my hair. I think everything in moderation. Like a sweet tooth—it's okay once in awhile."

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As for their hair routine, Cipriana and TK have a few musts:

Oh and that detangling? It can be a full-day activity. "I would say 7 to 8 hours, because we don't comb, we finger-detangle, which can take longer."

"For us, natural hair is just a state of being."

Their penchant for simplicity came from their mother. "She didn't use a bunch of products either," says TK. Cipriana agrees. "She was so patient. A lot of girls say they hated getting their hair done growing up, because they were tender-headed, but our mom was so patient and we'd watch movies, like Fame, or something." The two products they used growing up? "Blue Magic and Cremé of Nature."

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"I don't wear a ton of makeup," says TK. "I use translucent powder. And I don't have the fabulous, thick brows that my sister has—my right one's full and my left one is trying to catch up. So I use a waterproof filler by MAC, a little bit of concealer under my eyes, mascara and lipstick. I love a bold lip, but if not, then gloss."

Clockwise from top left:

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Jubilee (opens in new tab)
; $45

Cinema Secrets 5-in-1 PRO foundation palette (opens in new tab)
; $28

NARS lipgloss, Christopher Kane collection, in Nebulous (opens in new tab); $26

NARS highlighting blush (opens in new tab); $30

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish (opens in new tab)
; $32

MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Finishing Powder (opens in new tab); $26

MAC Sculpting Powder (opens in new tab); $17

MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme (opens in new tab); $16

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How do they feel about the term "natural hair," by the way? "I don't think I have terminology," says TK. "For us, natural hair is just a state of being. It's not supposed to be anything that's different. It doesn't mean anything different than a Caucasian woman who has natural hair."

Cipriana agrees. "I also think in the mainstream media, that side of beauty hasn't been seen, so people are like 'Oh, this is trending.' But it's not a trend. You're just now being exposed to it."

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Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor at Well+Good, where she spends most of her day thinking of new ideas across platforms, bringing on new writers, overseeing the day-to-day of the website, and working with the awesome team to produce the best stories and packages. Before W+G, she was the Senior Web Editor for Marie Claire and the Deputy Editor for Latina.com, with bylines all over the internet. Graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a minor in African history, she’s written everything from travel guides to political op-eds to wine explainers (currently enrolled in the WSET program) to celebrity profiles. Find her online pretty much everywhere @samanthajoleal.