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8 Celebrity Stylists To Follow For Natural Hair Inspiration


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8 Celebrity Stylists To Follow For Natural Hair Inspiration

Any time is a good time to be natural, whether you’re going in for the big chopor a decade into your longtime curl commitment. However, it’s easy to fall into the same routine of twist-outsbox braids, and wash and go’s. Of course, they’re fantastic styles — and foolproof ways for naturals to maintain or grow out their curls and kinks — but it’s still nice to break up the monotony.
Enter: Celebrity stylists like Vernon François, Lacy Redway, and Chuck Amos. They’re among a small-but-proud group of talented pros who are responsible for helping stars like Solange, Lupita Nyong’o, and Yara Shahidi look their very best on the red carpet. More importantly, they make those same stars feel included. Even Viola Davis has mentioned instances where stylists simply didn’t know what to do with her hair.
Thankfully, that same inclusion is available for those outside of the Hollywood realm thanks to a hefty dose of inspiration served up via social media. The eight luminaries ahead have us covered in the most creative of ways — and are quite worthy of a click.
Check out a few of our favorite pros to follow for natural hair inspo, ahead.
Vernon François
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.

Lacy Redway
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.

Shai Amiel
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.

Marcia Hamilton
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.


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