The 12 Best Natural Hair Looks on the Red Carpet This Awards Season


by blackgirllonghair

Now that the Grammys are over, avid award show watchers can go back to having Sunday evenings all to themselves, for deep conditioning, twisting or doing nothing at all to their natural hair. The awards ceremonies that took place this weekend, had some big winners for black female artists and we also saw more diversity in natural hairstyles on the red carpet. Here are our favorite ones to inspire you for your next formal events.

Elegant Updos

Lupita SAG Awards

Teyonah Parris NAACP

46th NAACP Image Awards Presented By TV One - Show

In keeping with the formalwear tradition of updos, some of our favorite natural hair celebrities stunned the red carpets in simple and intricate updos. Lupita took our breath away with her cornrows and jumbo braided bun at the SAG awards. Teyonah Parris showed off her texture in her voluminous criss cross updo at the NAACP image awards and Gugu Mbatha-Raw kept it simple with her natural messy bun at the same event.

Big Hair, Don’t Care


The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards-Arrivals in LA

Tracee Ellis Ross NAACP

While some stars wanted their hair up and out of the way, others opted for big, volumious hairstyles. Aunjanue Ellis rocked a large textured look (perhaps achieved with rods) at the BET Honors, while on-screen mother daughter pair Tracee Ellis Ross and Yara Shahidi both wore their hair in voluminous curls at the NAACP Image Awards.

Perfectly Versatile Locs


Lalah Hathaway Grammys


Representing for the versatility of locs, Ava Duvernay accepted Selma’s NAACP award with a half updo style. Lalah Hathaway piled her locs into a loose bun for the Grammys, while Ledisi went for a more dramatic look with curled locs cascading over one shoulder.

Simple Afros



Prince Golden Globes

Rather than fuss with bobby pins or rollers, some stars decided to wear their hair in simple, kinky afros that perfectly complemented their looks. India Arie’s twistout fro at the Grammys went perfectly with her simple white dress and colorful accessories. Viola Davis’ SAG Awards afro was classically beautiful, and Prince’s straight from the 70s fro at both the Grammys and Golden Globes still has us talking.


Which celebrity natural hairstyles were your favorite from this awards season? What kind of styles do you wear for formal occasions?