Here are all the mane looks you need to see from the NAACP Image Awards

These ladies didn't come to play, they came to slay!  

Last night, your favourite black celebrities were honoured at the annual NAACP Image Awards (that’s the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, FYI!) — and six stylish ladies dominated the mane game. Yet while you know which stars picked up an award, we bet you’re wondering which A-list hairstyles stole our hearts, right?

Lucky for you, we’ve rounded them up in our best tressed list, below! Whether they’re fashioning their black hair into an updo or wearing their chic afros out and about, the women ahead are proof that #blackgirlmagic exists and is, indeed, award winning!

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close up shot of yara shadidi with high ponytail with hair accessory in it, on the naacp image awards red carpet
According to Yara, this is how you should rock ponytails in 2018. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Yara Shahidi’s braided high ponytail

Whenever Yara Shahidi steps onto a red carpet, she always steals the spotlight – and last night was certainly no exception. Yep, she graced the red carpet with this chic, long braided high ponytail, which we reckon Beyoncé would seriously approve of.

But the best thing about her dazzling natural hairstyle? You can rock it, too! All you need is some braiding hair and you’ll be feeling red carpet-ready, no matter the occasion.

Editor’s tip: To make your high ponytail look picture-perfect, make sure to give it a quick spritz with the Alberto Balsam Stunning Shine SprayThis gloss-boosting spray will help make your mane look sparkly, all while leaving it smelling of peaches and rose oil. Bonus!

close up shot of kerry washington with natural low ponytail, with black strappy dress on the naacp image awards
Oh Kerry, we wish we had your mane! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Kerry Washington’s natural low ponytail

Another beauty who was slaying a ponytail hairstyle last night? The one and only Kerry Washington, of course.

As you can see, she’s rocking an elegant, low ponytail hairstyle that’s has been slicked down on top yet left undone at the back to show off her dreamy natural hair texture. And guess what? It’s seriously giving us life!

close up shot on andra day with pearly bobby pins in her 1920s inspired hairstyle, wearing purple dress and posing on the naacp image awards red carpet
Betty Boop is that you? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Andra Day’s Betty Boop-inspired ‘do

Love Betty Boop’s 1920s hairstyle? So does Andra Day! The star graced the red carpet with this vintage finger wave + low bun updo combo, schooling us all in the art of vintage hairstyles.

To give a modern edge to her retro ‘do, though, she’s also incorporated some pearly bobby pins into her wavy mane – which we all know are the hottest accessory right now. Yes, girl, yes!

close up shot of logan browning with milkmaid braid hairstyle, wearing drop earrings and lace dress, on the naacp image awards red carpet
Ooh la la! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Logan Browning’s goddess braid updo

Hopping from one party to the next? Then you need to try rocking Logan Browning’s romantic goddess braid updo to your next event!

This protective, long-lasting style is easy to achieve and guaranteed to have heads turning wherever you go (especially if you pair the look with some swanky statement earrings). Thanks for the inspo, L!

close up shot of rhyon nicole brown with long rapunzel box braids, wearing all black and posing on the naacp image awards red carpet
Rapunzel box braids are here to stay, ladies! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Rhyon Nicole Brown’s Rapunzel box braids

If you’re worried box braids aren’t chic enough or work-appropriate, Rhyon Nicole Brown’s is here to help melt away your all doubts.

Honestly, just look at how she slays long box braids (this could be you!) and you’ll hot foot it down to the salon in no time. She has even playfully tressed them up with some golden hair accessories, instantly making her hairstyle double tap-worthy. So, are you ready to join the #boxbraidsgang?

close up shot of amara la negra with power afro hairstyle, wearing silver and posing on the naacp image awards red carpet
Now that’s what we call a power afro! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Amara La Negra’s power afro

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how fierce Amara La Negra looks here with her power afro? Okay, moment over! With its enviable volume and bounce, this gravity-defying style exudes a tonne of vintage-glamour vibes. #Slay!

Editor’s tip: Eager to get the look with your own afro? Spritz your hair with the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist before applying a hair oil, to help keep your curls soft, supple and hydrated.

For the final touch, use an afro pick to fluff out your natural curls and you’ll be a ’70s disco babe in no time!


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