Yara Shahidi's Cornrows Are Proof That Hair Clips Are Bound To Rule This Fall
Yara Shahidi is a busy young woman, but like a true digital native of Gen Z, the actor never abandons her loyal Instagram followers for too long. Whether she's goofing around on the set of Grown-ish or hitting the stage for Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations, the outspoken creative and political activist keeps fans up to speed with whatever she's up to — including an impressive range of next-level beauty looks. The 19-year-old's IG grid is chock-full of creative makeup and natural hair ideas, and Yara Shahidi's cornrows were the latest look that will make you stop to admire mid-scroll.
Courtesy of natural hair guru, Nikki Nelms, the look was comprised of thick plaits twisted into a messy chignon, adorned with a slew of metallic gold snap clips throughout, and complete with perfectly slicked baby hairs. Nelms posted two videos showcasing the far-out look in all its splendor, and Shahidi appeared pretty pleased with the result, naturally.
It was nearly impossible to scroll through Instagram this summer without spotting one style detail It girls couldn't get enough of: the hair clip. From pearl barrettes to bedazzled phrases, tresses were decked out with daring details galore — proving a whimsical hairstyle really does speak a thousand words.
From Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table album art featuring pink-and-blue setting clips, to Zoe Kravitz's beguiling Allure spread with butterfly-laden platinum micro braids, Nelms has had her hands on the most major crowns in the biz — creating sculptural styles that won't soon be forgotten. Even though Shahidi's spectacular look may be difficult to pull off on your own, you can still channel the bold style with the help of a few key products. Ahead, The Zoe Report's selection of essentials for a golden moment inspired by Nelms' latest natural hair creation.
Shop The Look
If you're attempting the look with limited time on your hands, opt for a few extra-large snap clips for minimal effort and maximum impact.
If you don't have time to actually braid your hair, twist strands into a messy chignon, then use this curly paste to slick baby hairs into Yara-level swirls.