6 Ways Natural Hair Reigned At The 2019 Golden Globes

Nai'vasha Johnson

Even if your favorite movie, TV show, or actress was stiffed last night, you can't deny that the 2019 Golden Globes was entertaining, at least. Hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg had some decent wisecracks, the red carpet fashion was fun again, and Idris Elba was just... Idris Elba. Another aspect to get excited about? Natural hair at the Golden Globes was in abundance, too. Stars like Thandie Newton and Lupita Nyong'o proudly flaunted their texture, while entertainers like Janelle Monáe and Kiki Layne gave the world new ways to wear protective styles.

Now, of course, everyone's hair was beautiful in their own way — and prepping for a big carpet like the Globes', where millions of eyes are watching, isn't an easy feat. But as someone with naturally coily, 4C texture, I'll always rejoice when hair like mine makes an appearance at an event like this... especially when women of color were often told that they needed to straighten their hair or add extensions to be accepted by their audiences (and by critics). This reclamation of beauty is one that will always be worth honoring — and it also serves as a quick and easy way to get my own creative juices flowing, too. See the most noteworthy looks ahead.

Dania Gurira

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Larry Sims, who styled the Black Panther actress, stretched out her hair extensions using a blowdryer and used Biolage Styling Texture SAP to slick her sides down. After her sides were smooth, he sprayed Biolage R.A.W. Texturizing Styling Spray to enhance her curl pattern, brushed the top back for some bump, then twisted the back and secured with bobby pins. Biolage Styling Freeze Fix Hairspray held the finished look together all night long.

Janelle Monáe

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"And the award goes to... the Gold Paper Clips📎 that I found in my bag, tonite, that held me down by holding Janelle's coiled cornrows," Nikki Nelms captioned of the singer and actress' elaborate look. BRB, raiding the office supply closet right this minute.

Logan Browning

I stand by the fact that glittering bobby pins work for all times of the year... not just the holidays. The Dear White People star, styled by Nai'vasha Johnson, wore two Swarovski crystal pins by Jennifer Behr fastened in her faux locs.

Kiki Layne

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If Beale Street Could Talk, then Layne's double buns and swooped baby hairs would probably be the topic of every conversation. A good edge control with hold is definitely necessary for a look like this.

Thandie Newton

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For the Westworld's star's "beautiful bed of glorious curls," Nai'vasha Johnson used the DevaCurl Super Stretch Coconut Curl Elongator for maximum length, then scrunched DevaCurl SuperCream from ends to root for volume before diffusing her hair.

Lupita Nyong'o

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"Kinky realness," is how Vernon François described Nyong'o's low updo, laced with a piece of material that matched her beaded cobalt Calvin Klein gown. A moisture spray, like this one from François' own line, comes in handy for the sake of detangling and maintaining shine.