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Courage & Coils: Celebrating The Blackest Golden Globes Yet

Courage & Coils: Celebrating The Blackest Golden Globes Yet

This year’s Golden Globe ceremony (and the Golden Globes hair) made headlines as actresses and activists called attention to the sexual abuse experienced by countless women around the world. Actresses like Viola Davis and Tracee Ellis Ross donned black evening gowns in solidarity with the #MeToo movement and Hollywood’s most recent advocacy-development, “Time’s Up”. The legal defense fund is described as a unified call from women in entertainment for women everywhere.

In her monumental acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award, Oprah told the stories of women like Recy Taylor, Rosa Parks and her own mother: women that endured and persevered. Moved by her words and the unanimous standing ovation, I couldn’t help but notice how snatched Oprah looked on that stage.

Winfrey was just one of the many gorgeous, black queens to bless us with moments of hairspiration that are likely to make waves for the rest of the year. Sassy spirals, coily crowns and heavenly headpieces all made their debut last night, placing the Golden Globes crowd in the presence of royalty. To celebrate the bold and the beautiful, here’s a list of the women that made a statement with their courage and coiffure.

Starting with the reigning goddess, Oprah Winfrey.

Sleek edges and sassy curls add sophistication and depth to her crown with a slightly new take on a classic look for a classic icon. Wand curls on your own tresses or a few added bundles will help you capture this look with ease. Shop her look here. 

Tarana Burke

A mohawk and sleek cornrow pattern add height to the #MeToo creators' coif giving her a regal look to compliment her queenly passion for advocacy. Micro braids in an updo will resemble this look - feel free to add some color!

Viola Davis

A coily crown helped this queen get away with murdering the hair scene at this year’s Golden Globes ceremony. A two-strand twist-out or three-strand braid-out will help you accomplish the ‘fro of your dreams. Shop her look here. 

Kerry Washington

It’s a scandal how Washington slays the red carpet. With a side part and wand-curled locks, the starlet embodies glamour and simplicity. A wavy install, wand curls, paired with a side part, may be the touch you need to crack the case. Shop her look here. 

Issa Rae

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As we rooted for the HBO star to snag a win, her dress and side bun made just as much of a statement. Her braided bun was hella dope, easy to emulate, and everything we would expect from the natural hair goddess.

Susan Kelechi Watson

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The This is Us star showed us why this look is everything! Retro vibes were slayed by Watson in a high reaching textured fro that screams pride and justice. Add a side part to your coils and watch them soar. Shop her look here. 

Mary J. Blige

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Her iconic blonde locks, an updo and middle-parting bangs add a sultriness to the soulful singers knockout gown. Whether platinum or honey, with a lacefront or extensions, this look is beautiful and means business. Shop her look here. 

Ava Duvernay

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Duvernay is what dreadlock dreams are made of. Her twisted, side-swept style showcases her symmetrical face and chocolate brown dreads. Add some cornrows or a few twists to your locks and you too will have the perfect combination.

Samira Wiley

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The OITNB actress vogued a teased high top full of waves and texture that was stylish and effortless. On your second day of your two-strand twist out, feel free to let your ends do their own thing.

Tracee Ellis Ross

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Last but certainly not least, Ross stole the show with a headpiece that hugged her curls and paid homage to the homeland. With a large satin scarf, printed or solid, wrap from the back and towards the front of your crown. Add a bow for an attention-grabbing touch.


These iconic women said Time’s Up with their iconic hairdos and bold moves in their careers. Here’s to the next opportunity for them to do it for the culture and set the tone for style. Who rocked your favorite golden globes hair look? Let us know in the comments!

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