We are in the midst of a natural hair revolution right now and we can’t be more thrilled! It’s always a stunning sight when a Black celebrity shows off her afro-textured hair on the red carpet — and more and more of them are doing it these days. But you know what’s even better than a Black celeb embracing her natural hair? A Black celeb embracing her natural hair AND empowering others to do the same.
So if you’re thinking of going natural as well, know that you are in fabulous company — think Zendaya, Rihanna, and Yara Shahidi, among other beautiful Black women. Take a style cue from these ladies for all the afro hair inspo you need. From TWAs to longer afros, loose to updos, take a look at some really great styles below.
High Round Afro with Short Bangs
As far as afros go, nothing could be more iconic than this. Totally takes us back to the ’70s!
Lose Curls Round Afro
For a slight variation on the classic big afro, try this smaller version. While this is less bold, it still packs a solid punch!
Sophina Brown’s Slicked Finger Coils
Rock out like Sophina Brown with her hair styled in finger coils and a mid-section elevated by bobby pins. Smooth out those baby hairs with a gel or hair mousse on a clean toothbrush and comb back the front part of your hair.
Also, keep in mind that the smaller the coils – the longer they will last.
Tanika Ray’s Bias Cut
The bias uneven cut with shorter parts in the front helps keep a casual look that can show off any highlights and draw attention to your jewelry.
Moreover, keeping your hair long like Tanika’s allows for experimentation with styles and products and requires less manipulation with your curls, decreasing heat damage.
Yvette Nicole Brown’s Messy Updo
If you are running short on time but looking to get an elegant look, just put your naturally curly hair up. Instead of using a hair tie, you could use hair clips or even bobby pins to make your ponytail pointed up through the day. Using some volume spray for the length will add an elevated air look to your hair.
Brandi Nicole Feemster’s Teeny Weeny Afro
There a lot of actresses who are known for rocking their teeny weeny afro, but if you also have a messy curl pattern that grows upwards ask your stylist to keep the sides shorter and grow the back and top parts of your hair. Having the right cut such a beautiful look that shows off your facial features can be achieved with just a dot of hair mousse.
Millie Davis And Her Adorable Slicked Back Hair
Millie’s look can be more than just cute if you combine it with a few pieces of elegant jewelry. Such hairstyle will frame and flatter your bone structure in all the right spots and it will especially look great with heart-shaped faces.
Tasha Smith’s Loose Curls
By framing your face with this carefree hairstyle as seen on actress Tasha Smith you will show off your natural hair texture with closely-cropped sides. To get more defined ringlets, part strands of your hair and twist small sections around a thin curling iron.
Dee Rees And Her Fun TWA
Rock it with teeny weeny afro pinned or braided on the sides. Simply blow out your natural hair and twist it up to create a stylish updo that allows the focus to be on your face. Worth saying that the side twists add a modern elegance to your updo with short hair.
Sherri Saum’s Curly Bob
Sherri Saum smiles showing off her effortless-looking shoulder-length bob with loose curls that create a full, fabulous frame for her face. Don’t be afraid to separate the curls and backcomb them closer to the roots to get the same amount of volume.
Nicole Murphy’s Short Cut
Short cuts are always in trend but in 2021 they are getting a new look. Influencers and pop stars are becoming very brave and cutting off their hair which allows them to dye their curls in crazy colors and change them frequently. But to be able to do such manipulations with your hair keep your short afro well-moisturized.
Jasika Nicole’s Oval Cut
To give your curls the same playful texture as Jasika Nicole has, apply some anti-frizz mousse to damp curls and let them air-dry. You can also enhance the volume of this look by gently styling your hair from the roots to the top. The tapered back helps shape the face and makes this short hairstyle great for women with oval and heart-shaped faces.
Yara Shahidi's Slicked-Back Afro
Yara Shahidi showcases her natural curls by wearing her hair in a big afro, while also highlighting her face by slicking back her bangs. Use gel and a headband or some cute clips to pull back your hair and keep it in place.
Zendaya's Long Voluminous Curls
Zendaya shows off her glorious curls by wearing them long and loose with an enviable amount of volume. She’s totally giving us Diana Ross vibes!
Rihanna's Bouncy Curls
Here, Rihanna demoes a big curly bob that’s got some great bounce to it. To achieve this look, try perm rods on damp hair. Just make sure your hair has completely dried before taking the rods off.
Alicia Keys' Center-Parted Curls
Alicia Keys keeps it fun and playful by wearing her natural hair with a center part and lots of volume down the ends. The top part is slicked down before flaring out in a burst of curls at the bottom. Clips keep the bangs in place while also adding a cute touch.
Halle Berry's Long Center-Parted Curls
Sometimes, the simplest hairstyle is all you need. Halle Berry went the minimalist route with her natural curls styled with a middle part, and she looked gorgeous as always!
Angela Bassett's Side-Parted Afro
Angela Bassett keeps it natural with this fabulous afro that’s giving us major Diana Ross vibes. The side part gives it a more interesting silhouette.
Thandie Newton's Middle-Parted Afro
For another variation on the afro, try a middle part like Thandie Newton demoes here. She keeps it sleek at the top but party at the bottom with all that gorgeous volume!
Andra Day's Twisted Curls
Andra Day looks fabulous with her ultra-long twisted curls. This one has a dreadlock feel to it, and the jewel embellishments along the hairline adds an extra dose of pizzazz.
Kerry Washington's Long Center-Parted Afro
Kerry Washington takes her natural hair to the red carpet with this long center-parted afro. She keeps it fuss-free, wild, and minimally styled yet she really makes a statement with this look.
Ciara's Long Side-Parted Afro
Here, Ciara is wearing her afro in a loose long style as well but opts for a side instead of a center part. She also spices it up with a light brown balayage.
Winnie Harlow's Voluminous Afro Ponytail
Model Winnie Harlow keeps it tame at the top but thick and wild at the back with this afro ponytail. She jazzes up the look further with a lavender feather adornment. Fancy!
Tracee Ellis Ross' Shoulder-Length Curls
Tracee Ellis Ross looks fabulous wearing her hair down to her shoulders in big poofy curls. It’s no surprise the actress has hair this gorgeous as she’s a champion for natural curls — she even has a haircare line especially for afro-textured tresses.
Zazie Beetz's Afro Updo
Zazie Beetz goes carefree with her natural hair piled high in a messy-chic updo. If there’s one person who can pull off wild afros like this, it’s Zazie!
Marsai Martin's Retro Afro
Marsai Martin looks adorable wearing this bouncy round afro. Love to see someone so young embracing this retro look.
Naomie Harris' Ombre Afro
Here, Naomie Harris shows off a long afro in a black-to-brown ombre hue. That color choice definitely adds extra punch to an already standout look.
Logan Browning's Afro Puff
Looking for a fun way to rock natural hair? Try Logan Browning’s afro puff. This style looks so playfully chic and is sure to turn heads!
Storm Reid's Double Afro Puffs
And if you want double the fun, make that two afro puffs like Storm Reid is wearing here. She looks so cute and youthful!
Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Elegant Curly Updo
Gugu Mbatha-Raw looks totally red carpet-ready wearing this curly updo with loose tendrils. This is perfect for a fancy event, and her beautiful makeup really rounds out the elegant look.
Nathalie Emmanuel's Afro Bob
Here, Nathalie Emmanuel is rocking two classic styles in one look: the round afro and the bob. She wears it with a side part and lots of volume, and we think she looks gorgeous!
Tessa Thompson's Half-Up Curls
Tessa Thompson goes for a sweet and demure look with this half-up curly ‘do. This has a vintage feel to it, especially when paired with the red lip.
Viola Davis' Classic Round Afro
Viola Davis transports us back to the ’70s with this classic round afro. The dress is lovely, the necklace looks luxe, but we think it’s the hair that really makes this a standout look.
Gabrielle Union's Pinned-Back Afro
Gabrielle Union keeps her hair out of her face by pinning back the top, but lets the curls flow wild down the back. The result is a fabulous afro look to perfectly frame her face.
Regina King's Half-Pinned Afro
Take a style cue from Regina King by experimenting with different afro silhouettes. Here, she shows us something fun and chic by pinning one side of her curly hair back and letting the other side go wild.
Cynthia Erivo's Sculpted and Bleached TWA
Cynthia Erivo is a daring hair chameleon and she always brings her a-game to the red carpet. Here, she’s wearing a platinum-blonde TWA sculpted in a cornrow style — definitely all sorts of cool!
FKA Twigs' Voluminous Curly Bob
Have you seen a more fabulous bob than this? FKA Twigs certainly makes an attention-grabbing entrance with all that volume!
Issa Rae's Pulled-Back Round Afro
Here, Issa Rae wears a round afro but keeps it out of her face by pulling the top back. What a cute and fresh way to rock a TWA!
Leona Lewis' Messy Afro Updo
Leona Lewis’ channels her inner rockstar with this messy-glam hairstyle. Her curls are pinned up in a wild updo while the ombre color adds an extra dose of edge.
Lashana Lynch's Messy Round Afro
Lashana Lynch makes a strong case for sporting bedhead on the red carpet with this look. But seriously, we think this deliberately messy afro looks fab!