Natural Wonders

As award season approaches, now is the perfect time to review the celeb naturalists who shine on the red carpet.

Crystal G. Martin Dec, 02, 2013

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Thandie Newton's wind-tousled blow out looks chic at the 70th Annual Golden Globes last year. 

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A truly great cut makes Esperanza Spalding's curls look bouyant and beautiful at the Showcase Benefiting The Carrie Ann Inaba Animal Project last August. 

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Kimberly Elise

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Tanika Ray gives her curls definition with highlights. We love this pairing of her warm-toned hair with a copper dress at the NAACP Image Awards last year.

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With the success of Romeo and Juliet on Broadway, Condola Rashad, daughter of Phylicia, is quickly becoming a star in her own right. She's also aced all of her red-carpet natural 'dos—we're definitely looking forward to seeing more of her.

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We love it when celebs switch up their looks! At last year's American Ballet Theatre Opening Night Spring Gala Alek Wek forgoes her signature close crop for awesome cornrows. Amazing!

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Andy Allo looked radiant in a big, curly fro. Her perfectly unfussy hair was great paired with an intricately embroidered dress at last year's ESSENCE Black Women in Music.

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Though she wears locs as our favorite zombie-slayer on The Walking Dead, real-life Danai Gurira looks amazing rocking her short natural cut at the Season 4 premiere last October.

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Goapele shows us how to use color to spice up a short cut when she rocked brown locks to the Baggage Claim premiere in Los Angeles.

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Shingai Shoniwa wins the award for the cutest top knot! We love the volume and addition of a delicate hair accessory.

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We fell in love with Sophie Okonedo's natural mane back in 2004 when she rocked braids and curls while promoting Hotel Rwanda. She hasn't stopped wowing us in the years since.  Here she kept it simple with a big hair full of ringlets.

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Lupita Nyong'o produced the 2009 documentary In My Genes, but made her big mainstream debut last year in Twelve Years a Slave. We're super excited about this newcomer and hoping for many awesome mane moments in years to come.

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2013 was a major year for Thandie Newton with a new beauty blog, Thandie Kay, and a role in the the critically acclaimed Half of a Yellow Sun. All the while she's maintained absolutely stunning curls.

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We're loving the actress's side-swept updo, too.

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Viola Davis debuted her cropped cut in 2012 and hasn't looked back! We love how she pairs her cut with flawless makeup and highlights her curls with warm brown color.

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Yaya Dacosta consistently delivers stand-out red carpet looks. This modern take on the pompadour rocked our world!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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Leona Lewis's mane of golden and platinum curls is eye catching after a performance at a G.A.Y. nightclub in London.

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Corrine Bailey Rae's curls are perfection (!) at last year's Brit Awards in London.

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Adepero Oduye is certainly a Natural Hair All-Star, and this playful half-up style is perfect support for why she's one of our faves. 

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Chrisette Michele (AKA the hair cameleon) has settled into a very rad short cut that's highlighted in blonde. Perfect inspriration for your New Year, New You haircut!

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Monica Calhoun debuted her big chop on the Best Man Holiday red carpets last year (and in a emotional scene in the film). Welcome to the naturalista club, Monica!

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Though we love to see Tracee Ellis Ross's boingy curls wild and free, we're enamored by her in a top knot. Here she rocked an undone look to a SiriusXM Radio event last October.

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Leona Lewis wears a perfectly imperfect top knot that would instantly pull together a date night sexy LBD.

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Janelle Monae spices up her signature pompadour with a twisted back and edgy earrings.


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