It’s no secret we love hair in every size, shape and form! But right now, we happen to think that it’s especially important to shine a spotlight on natural curly hair. You only need to turn on the news to see radical hair policies and opinions about how black women should wear their hair to know that not everyone is of the same belief.
With that in mind, we feel it’s our duty to show you the style icons who proudly showcase their ‘fros and celebrate their natural curly hair (as they rightfully should!).
So take a look to see the inspiring natural hair heroes we’re fawning over, below.
17 stars with natural curly hair we're crushing on
The heroes: Chloe and Halle Bailey
Meet Chloe and Halle Bailey, the musically gifted sisters that have starred in Queen Bey’s Lemonade music video and recently modelled for Rodarte’s AW 2018 collection. And as if there weren’t enough reasons to envy them, they also proudly rock gorgeous dreadlocks!
Before becoming singers, they were on the acting circuit being constantly asked to remove their dreads. However, they didn’t let those opinions stop them from showing off their beautiful manes — and look at where they are now! Credit: @chloexhalle
The hero: Afrodita Dorado
With her stylish baby afro and effortless cool-girl appeal, Afrodita Dorado has captured the attention of fashion’s leading magazines and landed not one, but two Vogue covers (for Vogue Japan and Vogue Madrid).
This nourishing leave-in spray will help condition curls and leave them smelling divine (yay!).
The hero: Sonequa Martin-Green
Have you had a look at Star Trek: Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green’s Instagram yet? If not, you’re honestly missing out on some pretty awesome curly hair inspiration!
Whether she’s slaying protective hairstyles or schooling us all in the art of natural vintage hairstyles, Sonequa is here to remind you of all the looks you can slay, like this pineapple hairstyle. Credit: @therealsonequa
The hero: Chanelle Törnqvist
With her long natural ombre curls and ability to fashion her hair into a variety of braid and updo styles, upcoming Swedish model Chanelle Törnqvist is the person you need to add on your mane radar in 2018.
She actively wants to be a part of changing women’s negative attitudes to their natural manes and we’re so here for it! We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see her dominating the runways. Credit: @chanellemademoiselle
The hero: Amara La Negra
Who is Amara La Negra and why is she one of our curly hair heroes? Because of her gravity-defying power afro, of course!
The Love & Hip Hop star reps hard for afro-haired beauties, showing us all how fierce and fabulous a classic, rounded afro hairstyle can be. Anyone else getting ’70s vibes from her ‘do? Us too! Credit: @amaralanegraaln
Editor’s tip: To really make your curls #slay, work a small amount of the TONI&GUY Curl Lock Oil throughout your mane, for a frizz-free, high-impact finish!
The hero: Rochelle Humes
Fast-forward to this year and the star is now proudly showing off her lush curls, never forgetting to hashtag her mane pictures with #curlslikeus (the tag encouraging curly-haired queens to share photos of their natural hair). Keep on slaying, R! Credit: @rochellehumes
The hero: Solange Knowles
The hero: Lupita Nyong’o
No curly hair list would be complete without naturalista babe Lupita Nyong’o. The 12 Years a Slave actress has been the poster girl for the TWA (AKA teeny weeny afro) ever since she burst onto the scene and became our not-so-secret hair crush.
The hero: Alicia Keys
When Alicia Keys announced to world that she would be going make-up free, she also decided to forgo weaves and wigs, choosing to flaunt her natural hair.
Nowadays, the star is rocking her natural mane in colourful box braids. Just look at how she’s styled them into a half-up, half-down knot and then you’ll understand why we’re so obsessed with her. Credit: @aliciakeys
The hero: Gabrielle Union
The hero: Yara Shahidi
Swirly locks always look adorable, but if you’re in the mood for a style refresh, consider getting some curlicious bangs cut in, just like Yara Shahidi has done.
This ultra-femme style allows you to jump in on the ever-popular bangs trend, all while allowing you to show off the beautiful texture of your coils. Anyone else double-tapping this look? Credit: @yarashahidi
The hero: Tracee Ellis Ross
Let’s face it, Tracee Ellis Ross’ protective mane game is always on-point – and this braided look is certainly no exception. The actress has married together cornrows and beautiful bantu knots, for an elegant style that’s destined for the red carpet and beyond. Credit: @traceeellisross
The hero: Dilone
Whoever said curls and berets don’t work together, clearly didn’t take this ultra-stylish and protective look into account.
As Dilone (AKA the breakout model of the moment) demonstrates, short curls pair perfectly with this statement French girl hair accessory, especially when some of your curls peek out underneath. Credit: @_dilone
The hero: Janelle Monae
Uh, in case you haven’t noticed, Janelle Monae is kind of winning the red carpet mane game right now. Why? Well, she’s schooling us all in the art of dressing up natural hair, by rocking it with an array of gorgeous hair accessories.
The hero: Lion Babe
Blonde afro strands are taking over the beauty scene (we’re looking at you again, Solange!). This warm-toned, fashion-approved shade isn’t for the fainthearted, but will definitely have those around you wondering if you stepped off a catwalk! Isn’t that right, Lion Babe? Credit: @lionbabe
Editor’s tip: If you’re tempted get a blonde afro hair colour, remember to use a wash and care system specifically formulated for dyed blonde hair.
The hero: Maria Borges
This voluminous, high-rise style is a major throw back to Grace Jones’ trademark geometric high-top afro, and we simply adore it. Credit: @iammariaborges
The hero: Issa Rae
Issa Rae is best know as the creator of the Youtube web series Awkward Black Girl (and if you haven’t watched it, you should, pronto!). And lately, she’s been serving up some killer styles for her red carpet appearances.
We particularly love how she’s styled her chocolate curls into a high bun updo, which she takes to star-worthy heights with a beautiful silk headband. Ooh la la! Credit: @issarae