The beauty of Black hair is the spectrum of textures that can be manipulated into a myriad of styles, from the tiniest of braids to the smoothest of silk presses. And while Hollywood certainly isn’t the only place to gather inspiration, we’d be lying if we said famous women like Lupita Nyong’o and Solange Knowles were not only killing the mane game but forcing us to rethink our basic ’dos as well. These Black celebrity hairstylists provide unless inspiration.
We have the trusted hairstylists within their glam squads to thank for these iconic styles. Some are seasoned pros and others are new kids on the block. But what they all have in common is a penchant for delivering hair moments we’d frame and post on our walls. Some of these looks we remember years and years later and for good reason. Ahead are the stylists you should be following on Instagram for a steady stream of inspo (if you haven’t already).
From Tokyo Stylez and his bold wigs, to Ted Gibson and his way with curly bangs, to Nikki Nelms’ ultimate creativity, you’ll double-tap your feed like crazy after following these artists. Trust us. Many of these hairstylists share their exact tips and tricks so you can attempt to recreate them at home. Plus, many of these entrepreneurs have launched haircare brands and hair tools so you can shop right while you’re scrolling and support Black-owned brands.
Clients include Laura Harrier, Zazie Beets and Tessa Thompson.
Clients include Lupita Nyong’o and Amandla Stenberg.
Clients include Ciara and Zendaya.
Clients include Issa Rae and Lena Waithe.
Clients include Yara Shahidi and Logan Browning.
Clients include Danai Gurira.
Clients include Taraji P. Henson, Skai Jackson and Mary J. Blige.
Clients include Oprah Winfrey.
Clients include Tiffani Haddish and Eva Marcille.
Clients include Solange Knowles.
Clients include Teyana Taylor and Selah Marley.
Clients include Cardi B and Teyana Taylor.
Clients include Tracee Ellis Ross, Jillian Hervey of Lion Babe and Jourdan Dunn.
Clients include Gabrielle Union and Zendaya.
Clients include Alicia Keys and Amandla Stenberg.
Clients include Normani, Kehlani and Ella Mai.
Clients include Nicki Minaj and Beyonce.
Clients include Ciara, Nicole Ari Parker and Angelica Ross.
Clients include Tessa Thompson and Serena Williams.
Clients include (formerly) Michelle Obama, Samira Wiley and Angela Rye.
Clients include Janelle Monae, Zoe Kravitz and Solange Knowles.
Clients include Kerry Washington, Naturi Naughton and Leona Lewis.
Clients include Rihanna.