My Favorite Afro-spired Hairstyles From the Oscars

As an afro-haired young woman, I feel personally affected when someone is judged by their hair. More and more I see women with naturally curly hair in the media and I love it. Seeing women with natural hair in mainstream media gives me comfort to continue to wear my hair natural. I didn’t watch the Oscars, but I did hear about Giuliana Rancic’s comments about Zendaya’s hair.

Her comments gave the impression that because Zendaya chose to wear locs that she was dirty, and smoked weed. Stereotype much? For a long time people have judged afro hair and locs as being unkempt or dirty. Fortunately, Zendaya handled Guiliana, so I don’t feel the need to explain how her comments were racist. What I will do is highlight other beautiful women that rocked afro-spired hair at the Oscars and looked amazing.



How could I not highlight this young queen? She makes me want to twist my hair up right now.




Solange has always been one of my hairspirations. This loose wave look is gorgeous.



Viola Davis



I love Viola Davis on “How To Get Away With Murder” what I love more is that she spends time on the show without a wig. Her TWA is so cutely and nicely shaped.




I’m honestly not sure if this is Oprah’s hair or a weave. Either way, she has fullness that I lay awake at night thinking of. Oprah has graced the covers of magazines wearing her natural hair and I for one love the curly look on her.

Ava Duvernay

87th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals


I’ve always flirted with the idea of locs, and when I finally commit I want my hair to look like this. Loving this updo!

Lupita Nyong’o



Lupita is the queen of the crop cut. My head is entirely too big for this style but Lupita wears it beautifully. And can we talk about her skin for a second?


Zoe Kravitz



This isn’t technically from the Oscars, but it is from the Vanity Fair Oscar Party so I think it counts. I love these individual braids on Zoe.

w/mom Lisa Bonet

2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter - Arrivals


I wonder if Giuliana thinks Lisa Bonet smells like patchouli oil and weed…




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