So, who is Amandla Stenberg and why is she my January hair crush? Because of her gorgeous natural hair, of course! Like Amandla, I used to relax my hair all the time to achieve a straight look, feeling that my curls just weren’t chic enough!
However, since going for the chop and bidding farewell to straightening hair treatments, my opinion has changed. Yep, I am now a proud naturalista who loves stalking other natural babes and lately I’ve been double tapping Amandla’s mane pictures non stop — and this is why.
Why I’m crushing on Amandla Stenberg’s hair
1. She’s all about protective hairstyles
When I’m not rocking my afro out and about, I normally get box braids or box twists done to protect it and help me beat hair boredom. So, you can imagine how happy I was to see Amandla’s doing the same!
I love how she’s styled her chic blue box braids into a half-up pigtails, as it shows of her mermaid tresses and keeps her mane stylishly off her face.
To follow in her footsteps, instead of sticking to fail-safe colours this year, I might try getting pastel box braids done in the summer for festival season. So, watch this space! Credit: @amandlastenberg
2. She’s inspiring me to experiment with shapes
Can we just take a moment to appreciate Amandla’s trapezoid afro hairstyle? It’s big, bold, and completely in tone with the clean-lined aesthetics we’ll be seeing everywhere in 2018. And guess what? I want it, like, right now! Credit: @amandlastenberg
I’ve been rocking a rounded afro and believing it’s the only shape out there, but thanks to Amandla (and old pictures of Solange Knowles, too!), I now know otherwise. The question is: what shape will I go for?
My January fave? The TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist, which smells like coconuts and also helps leave my hair feeling more nourished. Yay!
3. But most importantly, because I can actually copy her hairstyles
Let’s be honest, there are lot of A-list hairstyles we wish we could recreate, but just can’t without the help of a glam squad. However, Amandla’s choice of natural hairstyles are all looks anyone can slay – she’s the hair hero we’ve all been waiting for! Credit: @amandlastenberg
So, if you’ve been thinking you can’t try the scrunchie hair trend with your box braids, here’s proof from myself (and Amandla) that you can. Who knew emitting It-girl vibes could be this easy, eh?