Amandla Stenbergs Oscars Hairstyle Proves That Braids are Sophisticated

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We are still swooning over Amandla Stenberg’s Oscars hairstyle that gave us so much life when she strutted down the red carpet. So it was only right we tapped the visionary behind this intricate braided updo, Vernon Francois.

Vernon is known for styling a few of the top naturalistas in the game such as Lupita Nyong’o, Willow Smith, Janelle Monae, Ava DuVernay and many more. He continues to remind us the versatility of natural hair and that it is truly a form of art, but he has definitely set the bar with this vintage inspired finger waves braids.

According to the celebrity hairstylist he said, “1920’s was our focus. We wanted glamour, sophistication with an equal blend of tradition, paying homage to Amandla’s curly coily hair texture. The metallic crystal chain-tiered gown by Miu Miu also helped bring the vision to life.”

Here’s What Products He Used to Create This Braided Updo:

Vernon Francois Mist Hydration Water and added a few pumps of the Cream of Nature Argan Oil Style & Shine Foam Mousse to help set the hair. Finished it off with Vernon Francois Braids and Loc Spray ~ Scalp Nourishment and Got2be hairspray then gel for the edges.

Amandla Stenbergs Oscars Hairstyle Proves That Braids are Sophisticated


When rocking a protective style it’s important to take care of your natural hair and scalp and he dropped a few gems on the best tips to maintain your protective style. “Wrapping your hair with a silk scarf or satin head wrap before you go to bed at night is key. Using a little bit of serum on your ends will also help with breakage and will encourage manageability, preserve edges, stop breakage, lock in moisture and promote growth.”

He also explained that build-up can be beneficial in preserving a protective style and shared the best oils to use for your scalp to maintain a healthy hair regimen. He said, “Sweating on the scalp or scalp build-up for most hair types can be quite beneficial a bit of build up really helps to maintain the protective style. Using a sulfate free shampoo will definitely help minimize build-up overtime. Look out for key ingredients in products such as Jojoba and Sunflower oils, they are good for locking in hydration. Tea tree oil is another great oil that moisturizes and soothes the scalp.”

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