The Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 (So Far)

The Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 (So Far)
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The beauty of textured hair is—among many things—its versatility. It can be fashioned straight or curly, short or long, and in a myriad of styles. From cornrows and twists to blowouts, with the right assist, like an experienced stylist and healthy day-to-day routine, these styles last and inspire our most creative selves. And per usual, famous naturalistas often lead the charge with next-level styles, courtesy of glam squad stars such as Vernon Francois, Ursula Stephen and Felicia Leatherwood.

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There’s still one month left in a year that has gone by entirely too fast, but there’s already enough hair inspo to carry us through 2019. Now more than ever, celebs such as Issa Rae, Yara Shahidi and Laura Harrier are using their worldwide influence to showcase the beauty of textured hair on social media and the red carpet. Representation matters, and these ladies are living proof of that.

For instance, we’re still thinking about the handful of looks Amandla Stenberg wore throughout her press run for The Hate U Give. And who could forget the bejeweled topknot Sasha Lane opted for at this year’s religion-themed Met Gala?

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Now that the Golden Globes, Grammys, and other high-profile events have come and gone, we’re tallying up the looks that are not only beautiful but inspiring to those who may not feel confident in their curly coils. From voluminous waves to luscious locs and accessorized ’Fros, these are the best celebrity natural hair moments of 2018.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Amandla Stenberg
Amandla Stenberg

The actress's press run for The Hate U Give was laden with memorable hair moments, including this braided bob at the 2018 Mill Valley Film Festival.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Ciara
Ciara

For Heidi Klum's famous Halloween party, the singer stepped out in Bantu knots inspired by Black Panther.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae

For the 2018 Hollywood Film Awards, the singer and actress fashioned her hair into a pompadour with long braid-twists on either side.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson

For the 2018 Black Girls Rock! celebration, the iconic performer donned an ultra-tall topknot.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Laura Harrier
Laura Harrier

For the Hollywood premiere of BlackkKlansman, the actress styled her mini box braids into a half-up, half-down style.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Xosha Roquemore
Xosha Roquemore

For the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards, the actress accessorized her Afro with a tiny, decorated braid.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Regina King
Regina King

For the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards, the actress pulled half her hair back into a bun and the other half into an ultra-long ponytail.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Samira Wiley
Samira Wiley

Who could resist these slicked-back strands on the Handmaid's Tale star at the 2018 Primetime Emmys?

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Yvonne Orji
Yvonne Orji

The Insecure star has never played it safe with her hair, and this towering updo is one our favorite looks on her to date.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Zazie Beetz
Zazie Beetz

What better way to amp up a ponytail than with cornrows? That's exactly what the Atlanta star did for the 2018 Primetime Emmys.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Tessa Thompson
Tessa Thompson

We love Thompson's unique take on the updo for the L.A. premiere of A Wrinkle in Time.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Serena Williams
Serena Williams

In September 2018, the tennis icon stepped out in voluminous ombre curls.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Amara La Negra
Amara La Negra

For the 2018 American Music Awards, the singer added flair to her signature 'Fro with a side part.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Sasha Lane
Sasha Lane

At the 2018 Met Gala, the actress proved that the only thing better than a topknot is a bejeweled topknot.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Yara Shahidi
Yara Shahidi

The Grown-ish star added major length but retained her natural texture to rock this multibraid ponytail while walking the NAACP Image Awards red carpet.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Andra Day
Andra Day

We can't get enough of this singer's signature throwback style. Her finger waves, adorned with sparkly bobby pins, stopped us dead in our tracks at the 2018 NAACP Image Awards.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o

Mic. Drop. This elevated African-inspired topknot, crafted by Vernon Francois, took our breath away when we spotted it at the Los Angeles premiere of Black Panther.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross

The Black-ish star has never been shy about experimenting with different looks, and this ultra-long braid at the NAACP Image Awards may be our favorite.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Chloe & Halle
Chloe & Halle

This singing sister duo (and stars of Grown-ish) are constantly finding new ways to style their locs and pulled off another gorgeous slay at the Los Angeles premiere of Black Panther.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett

She's considered a Hollywood vet, but we're convinced she's sipping from the fountain of youth. Just look at her glorious mane at the Los Angeles premiere of Black Panther!

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Issa Rae
Issa Rae

Thanks to her trusty hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood, the Insecure star's natural tresses are always camera-ready. We love this simple yet chic bun she sported at the BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Danai Gurira
Danai Gurira

She shaved her entire head for Black Panther, and although she appears to be growing it back, she's having fun with cool lines and designs. Just check out the detail, spotted at the Seoul, South Korea, premiere for the highly anticipated film.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o

We're ready to wrap our strands in gold wire, thanks to the Oscar winner, who sported this regal hairstyle at the Seoul, South Korea, premiere of "Black Panther."

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Viola Davis
Viola Davis

Afro goals were certainly achieved when the Oscar winner let her curls shine at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Sydelle Noel
Sydelle Noel

The GLOW actress did just that when she wore this textured half-up, half-down hairstyle to the Los Angeles premiere of Black Panther.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Yara Shahidi
Yara Shahidi

The TV actress and activist teased out her signature curls and rocked them fiercely to the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys

For this year's Grammy Awards, the "Girl on Fire" singer pulled her hair back into matching (and accessorized) twists.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Sanaa Lathan
Sanaa Lathan

The actress, who did a big chop for her upcoming Netflix film Nappily Ever After, flaunted her TWA at a January 2018 W Magazine event.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Sza
Sza

The most nominated woman at this year's Grammy Awards made sure her presence was felt with larger than life waves atop her head.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Zoe Kravitz
Zoë Kravitz

Ever since the actress did a big chop in 2017, we've loved watching her rock this classic pixie on and off the red carpet. Here, she matches her wardrobe and hair color at the YSL Beauty Party during Paris Fashion Week's Menswear Fall/Winter 2018 – 2019 season.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Adwoa Aboah
Adwoa Aboah

At the 2018 Met Gala, Aboah dyed her hair a bright green. Calling upon one of the seven deadly sins, envy, for the heavenly bodies theme perhaps? We sure are envious of this look.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Danielle Brooks
Danielle Brooks

Brooks made this classic updo edgy with gold lacing in and out the braided crown during the YSEE Kick-Off at Netflix in May of 2018.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Cardi B
Cardi B

All hail the queen. Cardi B let her natural curls flow wide and with pride at the 2018 Met Gala.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay

The multitalented director attended the Roger Ebert Film Festival in April 2018 with long, flowing locs.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Cynthia Erivo
Cynthia Erivo

This year's Met Gala gave us these devil-like horns on Erivo; however, we can't get past the bright-white dye job.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Beyoncé
Beyoncé

Not only was the singer's performance revolutionary at the now-termed 2018 Beychella, her hair was also a statement piece with crimped tresses in a high pony.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Jourdan Dunn
Jourdan Dunn

Dunn stepped onto the Met Gala red carpet with multi-shades-of-brown locs. The added jewlery and full bundle at the crown of her head made it look like an actual crown for a queen.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington

Go big or go home. Washington teased and 'Fro'd out her hair for the Met Gala.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe

Sidibe went with the two hairstyles in one look at the 2018 Essence Black Women In Hollywood Oscars Luncheon in May. We're loving the 'Fro with face-framing braids.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Letitia Wright
Letitia Wright

The Black Panther actress wore tight braids into a knotted bun at the 2018 Met Gala. Fit for the princess that she is.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union

Big hair is having a moment. Union rocked the look at the 2018 Big Screen Achievement Awards back in March.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Solange
Solange

That's not a metal halo. It's Solange's hair. The singer wrapped and braided blonde hair into a halo for the 2018 Met Gala.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae

At a visit to the SiriusXM Studios in April 2018, Monae wore a large, chunky braid. But she didn't stop there and added large white puffballs to finish out the look.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Lena Waithe
Lena Waithe

Waithe rocked her ususal locs at the 2018 Met Gala, but the fresh design and blue ribbon running through her twist updo make the style.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Leslie Jones
Leslie Jones

Jones channeling Jones. At the TIME 100 awards this past April, Leslie Jones debuted a flat-top style in honor of Grace Jones.

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STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Storm Reid
Storm Reid

At the 2018 DVF Awards in April 2018, Reid updated pigtails with long braids and velvet bows to tie them off.

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  • STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Cynthia Erivo
  • STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Beyoncé
  • STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Jourdan Dunn
  • STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Kerry Washington
  • STYLECASTER | Best Celeb Natural Hair Moments of 2018 | Gabourey Sidibe
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