Here Are All The Best Natural Hairstyles That Rocked The Red Carpet For 2018

December 28, 2018  |  
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90th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

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2018 was a year where fashion and beauty gave you the polar opposites: it was either encouraging you to lean into your authentic self, with minimal alteration of your hair and makeup OR giving you all the necessary supplies to create an aspirational and out of this world look. It was so pleasing to see so many black celebrities rocking their natural hairstyles on the red carpet and making protective styles priority. Taking care of your natural hair doesn’t have to be boring and straight isn’t the only sexy style. Keep clicking for our favorite natural hair looks on the red carpet for 2018.

Burberry February 2018 Show

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Actress Zendaya rocked cornrows straight back to the Burberry Fashion Show during London Fashion Week in February.

'Sorry Angel (Plaire, Aimer Et Courir Vite)' Red Carpet Arrivals - The 71st Annual Cannes Film Festival

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Lupita Nyong’o gave us afro puff perfection (and edges laid for days) while at Cannes Film Festival in May.

Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals

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Yara Shahidi was all smiles with her Diana Ross-like afro at the premiere of Black Panther.

David Yurman Pinky Ring Event

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The Hate U Give actress, Amandla Stenberg shows us we don’t have to pick just one color for our braids. The beauty wore the hairstyle while at the David Yurman Pinky Ring Event in LA back in July. 

Harpers BAZAAR And The CDG Celebrate Excellence In Television Costume Design With A Private Dinner Presented By THE OUTNET.COM

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Yes, cornrows ARE professional. Tracee Ellis Ross pairs hers with a pantsuit while out and about in Los Angeles in August.

The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 Women In Entertainment - Arrivals

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A protective hairstyle or wig does not have to mean straight or only a body wave. We love this curly style that actress Viola Davis is wearing at The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 Women In Entertainment event in Los Angeles, California.

Glamour x Tory Burch Women To Watch Lunch

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Issa Rae always shows love to rock her natural hair giving us look after look on the red carpet. We’re loving this style she wore to the Glamour x Tory Burch Women To Watch Lunch in September 2018.

NBC's '70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards' - Arrivals

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It was a bundle of kinks and curls on Yvonne Orji‘s head for this crown-like style for the 20th Annual Emmy Awards.

'American Son' Broadway Opening Night After Party

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On the opening premiere of American Son, Kerry Washington gave us volume and curls galore for a glamorous look. The best part is that all the curls aren’t defined, proving that natural styles are not limited to defined styles.

Christian Dior : Outside Arrivals - Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Spring Summer 2018

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Willow Smith always has fun with her locs and we’re here for it.

'Slave Play' Opening Night

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Orange Is The New Black star Danielle Brooks recently did the big chop. We love seeing her teeny weeny afro out at premieres and on the red carpet!

2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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Mama Angela is known for rocking kinky curly hair on the red carpet. We’re loving this half up, half down look she wore for the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.



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