The 17 Best Natural Hair Red Carpet Moments of 2017

by Nikki Brown
Oct 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET

With each year, it seems more and more celebs are not only embracing their natural hair texture, but flaunting it without apologies too. The spectrum of black hair is particularly wide, with more curl patterns than we can count. And because of this undisputed fact, it’s impossible to get bored with the A-list inspiration we see on the red carpet.

As expected, the past year has delivered some seriously stunning moments that prove curls, coils and kinks have always been beautiful in their natural state. In case you missed them, check out 17 standout looks that made red carpets a little more exciting in 2017.


Originally posted on StyleCaster.

1 /17: Ebonee Davis

1/17 :Ebonee Davis

The outspoken model, who's never afraid to speak out against racism within the fashion industry, picked out her glorious afro for the 2017 Unitas Gala.

2 /17: Janelle Monáe

2/17 :Janelle Monáe

The Moonlight and Hidden Figures star enlisted the help of Nikki Nelms throughout award season to pull off some seriously embellished hairstyles, including this one at the SAG Awards.

3 /17: Keke Palmer

3/17 :Keke Palmer

The actor, author and singer is known for switching up her looks by the week, so we weren't surprised to see her in a vibrant purple 'do at the MuchMusic Video Awards.

4 /17: Taraji P. Henson

4/17 :Taraji P. Henson

The Golden Globe winner caught us all by surprise when she cut her hair into this killer tapered 'do and flaunted it on the Black Girls Rock! red carpet.

5 /17: Amandla Stenberg

5/17 :Amandla Stenberg

The actor kicked off 2017 by cutting off her curls and still proudly flaunts her coif on the red carpet. In May, she shined at the Hollywood premiere of Everything Everything.

6 /17: Uzo Aduba

6/17 :Uzo Aduba

We have three words for the Orange Is the New Black actor's hairstyle at the Primetime Emmy Awards: Afro. Goals. Achieved.

7 /17: Michaela Coel

7/17 :Michaela Coel

The Chewing Gum actor is an absolute stunner in super-short hair, as evidenced by this standout red carpet moment at the BAFTA Awards.

8 /17: Logan Browning

8/17 :Logan Browning

The Dear White People actor pulled her curls into this towering ponytail for a movie screening at Essence Festival.

9 /17: Cynthia Erivo

9/17 :Cynthia Erivo

Since making her Broadway debut in The Color Purple, Erivo has styled her blond hair into more styles than we can count, including these finger waves at the Tribeca Film Festival.

10 /17: Nathalie Emmanuel

10/17 :Nathalie Emmanuel

For the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere, Emmanuel styled her coils into an elegant updo.

11 /17: Skai Jackson

11/17 :Skai Jackson

This Disney star is the pint-size fashionista we wish we could've been at 15 years old. And her curly updo at Black Girls Rock! was simply beautiful.

12 /17: Solange Knowles

12/17 :Solange Knowles

The "Cranes in the Sky" singer morphed into the human version of pumpkin spice when she flaunted her blond TWA (teeny-weeny afro) at the Surface Travel Awards.

13 /17: Tinashe

13/17 :Tinashe

The singer's effortless messy bun at the American Music Awards is perfectly imperfect hair done right.

14 /17: Yara Shahidi

14/17 :Yara Shahidi

The Black-ish starlet's wash-and-go curls were picture-perfect at the BET Awards.

15 /17: Zazie Beetz

15/17 :Zazie Beetz

There were plenty of double-takeworthy hairstyles on the Golden Globes red carpet, but this Atlanta star's kinky updo flew above the rest.

16 /17: Zendaya

16/17 :Zendaya

We can barely keep up with all the hairstyles she rocks from day to day, but we also love when she opts for letting her natural curls flourish. She did just that at a Spider-Man: Homecoming press call in Spain.

17 /17: Zoë Kravitz

17/17 :Zoë Kravitz

Kravitz spent much of 2017 with blond hair, but we couldn't help but fall in love with the jet-black pixie she wore to the Primetime Emmy Awards.