Actress Amandla Stenberg isn’t afraid to play with shapes and colors when she struts the red carpet. From rockin’ bantu knots to showing off her natural locks, the The Hate U Give star gives us plenty of styles to love. Beauty Launchpad’s Jasmine Brown got the 411 from Stenberg’s longtime stylist Vernon François on the many hair highs she has graced us with this year.
Left: “I wanted to achieve a dramatic ponytail with a lot of movement. I’m always looking to create something a little bit different, so I used red shoelaces for a more abstract yet fun style in the back.”
Center: "We’d been wanting to do a look with bantu knots (also known as China bumps). I gathered eight to 12 sections of hair and added extensions for a more dramatic flair.”
Right: “Amandla and I sought to create something clean with height and texture, so I added a few cornrows off to the sides with a high bun.”
Left: “We called this style the ‘knotted braid.’ The look was extremely fun to do because I let my brain go wild and came up with this beautiful creation. Amandla loves color, so it was exciting to see all the shades come together.”
Center: “I was after a modern, chic finish to go with this beautiful classic outfit, so I found string in my kit and wove it between box braids Amandla already had while carefully considering the shape of her face to ensure I got the color balance right.”
Right: “This was a very ‘lady in red’ moment. I gave Amandla a loose blowout to keep her look clean, fresh and young. I used Vernon François Leave~In Conditioner to blow-dry, then followed with Aveda Brilliant Anti- Humectant Pomade before flat-ironing. Lastly, I used a small amount of Kevin.Murphy Night. Rider for a little hold.”
[Images: top courtesy of Amarpaul Kalirai; middle and bottom - Getty Images]