Amandla Stenberg Shut Down the BET Awards in an Epic, Technicolor Hairstyle

Amandla Stenberg Shut Down the BET Awards in an Epic, Technicolor Hairstyle
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This year’s BET Awards delivered a hodge-podge of noteworthy moments, including Nicki Minaj‘s latex-laced performance and Jamie Foxx‘s hosting stint, but per usual, the red carpet gifted us with plenty of natural hair inspo.

At the top on our list is “The Hate U Give” actress Amandla Stenberg. We know the unicorn and mermaid aesthetic is big right now, but the 19-year-old’s pink, purple, and white knotted braid was just the right amount of fun and funky.

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We’re rightfully obsessed with this playful hair moment, but the hair and makeup moment together are giving us the biggest summer inspiration. Kali Kennedy did a little techno glow on the eyes to match Vernon Francois‘ (known for his incredible work with Lupita Nyong’o) gorgeous hair creation, and it’s the perfect sweet-spot between too overdone and not done enough.

Amandla Stenberg

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This isn’t the first killer look we’ve had from the dynamic thruple, though. Earlier this month, Stenberg stepped out for the MTV TV and Movie Awards with a dramatic smokey cat-eye from Kennedy and a big, textured ponytail from Francois. We’re starting to think he’s a genius on taking a standard ponytail and turning it up a few notches.

Thanks to this look, catch us matching our makeup to our hair and experimenting with vibrant colors all summer long.