Afros have been beloved for their celebration of natural curls since the early ‘60s with the Black Panther Party. The voluminous and meticulously shaped hairstyle is the symbol of Black power and is still worn by many influential celebrities today. Learn how to style the ‘do via the 12 celebrities with afros ahead.
Long-time actor Angela Bassett stands tall and confident in this undefined afro. Here, specific shaping is not a concern. Instead, the focus is embracing how your hair naturally grows.
The beauty of afros is they can look good with all variations of type 3 and 4 texture. Case in point: Halle Berry in 2012 where her natural waves and curls were put on full display. If recreating at home, be sure to work in a leave-in conditioner for bouncy curls.
Netflix’s Danielle Brooks turned heads at the 2018 Scene Stealers premier with her accented afro. By pulling the front hair to the top, she was able to highlight her amazing cheekbones.
Viola Davis is used to shutting down the Internet with her show-stopping outfits and ability to wear any texture and hairstyle. Her 2018 afro was no different. Styled with a part, accessory, or completely free, you can get the volume of this afro with a hair pick and hydrating oil.
Black Panther actor Lupita Nyong'o pulled back baby hairs in 2020 to show one large afro puff, without the elastic. To recreate, opt for a pomade to slick back your edges.