Celebrity Clients: Ava DuVernay, Lupita Nyong’o, Willow Smith
Why We Love Him: Believe it or not, but there used to be a time when short, natural hair was considered undesirable. Over the years, we’ve watched the charming stylist and creator of an eponymous hair-care line debunk that notion with Nyong’o’s stunning red carpet presence throughout the years. Aside from Nyong’o’s styles, François is also known for encouraging women and men all around the world to get rid of their frizz fear and embrace their curls — a message we can always get behind.
Celebrity Clients: Thandie Newton, Yara Shahidi, Storm Reid, Ruth Negga
Why We Love Her: Any stylist that can work with all textures — and can do every style imaginable — should be celebrated. Redway is the life of that party. From cornrows to brown braids to bob haircuts, this pro does it all — and with flair.
Celebrity Clients: Tamera Mowry-Housley, Nathalie Emmanuel, Logan Browning, Ryan Michelle Bathe
Why We Love Him: Once you click on Amiel’s Instagram page, be prepared to spend all day scrolling through his signature side-by-side transformations. The pro, who’s known as the “Curl Doctor” in L.A., has the ability to transform dry, lifeless hair into defined and hydrated halos of curls and kinks.
Celebrity Clients: Tracee Ellis Ross, Alicia Keys, Willow Smith, Keke Palmer
Why We Love Her: Twists and braids are always awesome, but dark brown and black extensions can get boring. Hamilton plays with all kinds of hues with her protective styles, whether she’s doing burgundy plaits or unicorn yarn braids.