Without a doubt, you simply cannot talk about celebrating Black History Month without the mention of Afro-textured hair — in all curl forms. Whether left gorgeously untouched or relaxed, weaved, braided, twisted, or loc'd, there's power in its uniqueness and versatility. So much so that there's always room — no matter what the weather outside may bring — to explore fun, new natural hair ideas, especially the ones inspired by Hollywood's most famous celebs such as Sanaa Lathan, Lupita Nyong'o, Yara Shahidi, and more.
"I feel like more and more people enjoy expressing themselves and showing how creative they can be," hairstylist Benjamin Muller tells The Zoe Report. "There's nothing better than using your hair to do this." And no, you don't have to be a long or loose curly-haired naturalista to get in on the action. In 2019 and beyond, everyone has a proverbial seat at the beauty table.
Because winter's harsh, dry air is all too real, updos and looks that lock in crucial moisture are of utmost importance. But other styles, like jumbo ponytails and blunt bobs, are quick and low in maintenance... an just so happen to be trending, too. Eager to check them out yourself? Keep scrolling for more.
Cornrows With Curly Box Braids
Clear beads were surprise addition to this artful creation worn by Lupita Nyong'o for the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Sculpted Low Ponytail
"Kinky realness" is what master stylist François said he achieved via Instagram when sharing Nyong'o's 2019 Golden Globes look.
Pinned Up 'Fro
All it takes is a few bobby pins to change your Afro's entire shape.
Embellished Half-Up, Half-Down Ponytail
At the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards, stylist Lacy Redway used glitzy star-shaped hair pins to add a "modern spin" to Kiki Layne's classic half-up, half-down style.
Twisted Double Buns
Layne's wrapped-up, double-bun hairstyle won on the 2019 Golden Globes red carpet.
"Hollywood glamour" was the inspiration behind this textured masterpiece worn by Janet Mock at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.
Beaded Box Braids
Yara Shahidi's braided pigtails look so Grown-ish with clear and wood beads.
Layered 'Fro With Bangs
Cornrows With Gold Accents
"And the award goes to... the gold paper clips that I found in my bag, [tonight], that held me down by holding Janelle's coiled cornrows," stylist Nikki Nelms wrote on Instagram to describe the star's gilded 2019 Golden Globes look.
Tousled Waves With Center Part
Gabrielle Union's fierce head-to-toe crocodile print is softened up by her romantic bob.
Tia Mowry's half-up gives her curls some charisma.
Pompadour With Cornrows
Here's all the proof you need that side-parted cornrows look even more gorgeous when paired with a pompadour.
Twisted Top Knot With Baby Hairs
Normani looks stunning with her hair fastened in a sleek topknot.
Thandie Newton and her shiny, silky stands turned heads on the carpet for NASA's 2019 Breakthrough Prize Awards.
Voluminous Wand Curls
DevaCurl products were on hand to style Newton's beautiful ringlets at the 2019 Golden Globes.
Black Panther actress Danai Gurira wore a crown full of teased spirals to a tea party hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
This look is all about shape and texture, stylist Larry Sims wrote on Instagram.
Simple Textured Updo
Biolage products were key to achieving Gurira's 2019 Golden Globes hairstyle. Sims used the Styling Texture SAP to slick her edges down, while the R.A.W Texturizing Styling Spray enhanced her curl pattern. To secure the look, the Styling Freeze Fix Hairspray was added as a finishing touch.
Model and reality star Cynthia Bailey appeared on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live donning an Afro with subtle auburn highlights.
Ghana Braid Updo
Sanaa Lathan's braided updo is so regal, she doesn't even need a crown.
Metallic accents bring drama and dimension to Alicia Keys' braided ponytail.
Chunky Braids With Crown
Amandla Stenberg proves that tricolor braids don't have to be saved for music festivals... they work all ways, always.
Molded Pixie Cut
Jada Pinkett-Smith's short cut is impossibly polished and chic.
Round Bob Haircut With Wispy Bangs
These wispy bangs are the perfect offset to Kat Graham's perfectly round bob.
Deep-Parted Wavy Bob Haircut
Regina King sported a blunt bob with mini waves and a deep part to the 2019 National Board of Review Gala.
A pretty ponytail never goes out of style, as proven by Elaine Welteroth.
Braided Updo With Tendrils
Curly tendrils brought character to Laverne Cox's whimsical 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards updo.
Spiked Pixie Cut
Television host Tamron Hall is a certified pro of the short hair slay. Take notes, folks.