17 Natural Hair Looks That Stole The Emmys Spotlight

As award show nominees and winners get more diverse, so does the beauty on the red carpet. Each season, more of our favorite actresses bring beautiful natural hair to the forefront, giving us gorgeous hair inspiration to save on Instagram and pin on Pinterest.

At the 2018 Emmy Awards, leading ladies like Issa Rae and Samira Wiley proved that Black hair is, indeed, spotlight-stealing — no matter how you style it. There were twisted buns, sculpted pompadours, bedazzled box braids, and curly top knots that work on a variety of curly and coily hair types.

So whether your texture is 4c or you vacillate between curly and straight, there’s a hairstyle from the Emmys red carpet for you to try at home. Check out some of our favorite natural looks ahead.


One thing we love about twists is that you can still style them in buns or updos. For the Emmy Awards, Regina King wore her mini Senegalese twists in a two-pronged style that featured a bun on the top and a stretched-out ponytail on the bottom.

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Yara Shahidi is proof that you can never go wrong with a curly top knot. Stylist Nai’vaisha Johnson smoothed the baby hairs around the edge of her face to make Shahidi’s updo feel effortlessly cool.

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Issa Rae is definitely winning in the bun category. For the 2018 Emmy Awards, her stylist Felicia Leatherwood twisted extensions on top of Rae’s natural strands to create a woven chignon. If you want to take a shot at a similar look, just pick up a pack of braiding hair from the beauty supply store and get twisting.


Tracee Ellis Ross gave her wash-and-go a break for the night and tied her hair up into a simple bun. The pulled-back look left the focus on her orange eye makeup and stunning pink gown.

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Brides, if you’re on the hunt for an elegant updo to wear down the aisle, this twisted number on Yvonne Orji is it.

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There was nothing strange about Priah Ferguson’s tight spiral curls on the red carpet. You can use perm rods or flexi rods to steal the Stranger Things star’s style for yourself.

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Black Panther star Letitia Wright wore her box braids up into a half-up bun decked out in jewel hair clips, thanks to hairstylist Ursula Stephen.

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Adina Porter’s slick curly updo is super versatile. You can wear it to the office or on the red carpet.

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And the award for best puffs goes to… Eris Baker! The This Is Us star (and self-proclaimed Power Puff Princess) wore her hair out in two curly ponytails. Her stylist Nai’vasha Johnson finished off the look with elegant, white floral clips.

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If you always wear your curls down, try tying them up into a loose updo like Stefani Robinson. Leave some curls out in the front to frame your face.

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Xosha Roquemore’s fluffed Afro was teased to the max, and you may have missed the tiny braid wrapped in golden cord that peeked out from the back.

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What better way to make a bold political statement than topping your Nike sweatsuit with a picked-out Afro?

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We can barely get our hair into a single bun without struggling, but celebrity stylist Felicia Leatherwood sculpted Ryan Michelle Bathe’s honey-colored coils into a style that was part pompadour, part mohawk.

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We can’t decide what we love more: Ashley Nicole Black’s voluminous pompadour, or her platinum blonde highlights peeking through the front.

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If you doubted the versatility of an Afro, check out Samira Wiley’s Emmy’s hair. The actress, who normally wears super short curls, had her hair slicked down into a side-part style for the red carpet. Her curls also created natural-looking finger waves when gelled down.

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Nathalie Emmanuel’s Emmys style is the perfect one to try on a fresh braid-out. Just pin up a few pieces in the back to get the asymmetrical element.

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One of the best way to accessorize your style is with a few added braids, just use Zazie Beetz as an example. The Atlanta actress decorated her puff with two cornrows in the front and an embellished clip on the side.

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