25 Black Celeb Hairstylists Making Main Waves within the Business


It isn’t simply hair. Hair is historical past, symbolism, illustration, tradition, a type of expression, and a dialog starter. It goes past the floor of superficiality while you take a look at the true roots of what hair is and all that it encompasses. In right now’s age, hair has revolutionized into a strong type of satisfaction that’s seen in films, ads, and mainstream media greater than ever earlier than.

You possibly can thank movie star hairstylists for pushing the dialog ahead on the subject of hair—significantly hairstylists of shade who by no means flip down a chance to showcase Black hair in all its glory. Society’s in a brand new age of hair the place it’s worn as an act of resistance in lots of instances. These 25 Black hairstylists have created groundbreaking appears that go down in historical past. Due to them, younger brown youngsters who’re on a journey to embracing their hair could have all of the inspiration they want.

Ursula Stephen

Shoppers: Rihanna, Zendaya, Rita Ora, Laverne Cox, Jourdan Dunn, Serena Williams, and extra.

Brooklyn-born hairstylist Ursula Stephen has been trusted by celebs for years to whip their hair into form, together with Unhealthy Gal RiRi. She additionally opened a salon in Brooklyn in 2013 that options among the greatest stylists the borough has to supply.

Tymothe Wallace

Shoppers: Taraji P. Henson, Yara Shahidi, Brandy Melville, NeNe Leakes, Cardi B., Kelly Rowland, and extra.

Celeb hairstylist Tymothe Wallace is the artistic thoughts behind actress Taraji P. Henson’s ever-changing hairstyles that stun the pink carpet and the massive display. With over 10 years within the trade, this Chicago native has made a reputation for himself on the subject of hair.

Andre Walker


Shoppers: Oprah and different A-list celebs.

Andre Walker has been credited because the originator of Halle Berry’s iconic pixie lower, and he is been Oprah’s hairstylist for over 20 years. Sufficient mentioned.

Oscar James

Shoppers: Tyra Banks, Iman, Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, Tiffany Haddish, Regina Corridor, and extra.

Oscar James takes the artwork of hairstyling to the subsequent degree. No marvel he is touched the hair of such high-profile celebs in main advert campaigns like Revlon, Pantene, and extra.

Shani Crowe

Shoppers: Solange, fashions, and influencers.

Shani Crowe’s architectural braid designs are untouchable. They seem to be a murals and they’re in a league of their very own. Every type celebrates the African diaspora in a phenomenal method and has graced the pages of ElleW, and extra.

Kendall Dorsey

Shoppers: Teyana Taylor, Cardi B., Duckie Thot, Yara Shahidi, Nicki Minaj, Usher, and extra.

Kendall Dorsey does not simply do hair, he is aware of hair. With over 15 years of expertise in hair as a stylist and educator, his various clientele of A-list celebs and influencers calls on him to create gorgeous kinds for award exhibits and the runway.

Chuck Amos

Shoppers: Alicia Keys, Naomi Campbell, Iman, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, Solange, Taraji P. Henson, Jourdan Dunn, and extra.

Chuck Amos is a legend. This man has been editorializing the hair of icons for years, and it is superb as a result of his kinds solely get higher with time.

Larry Sims

Shoppers: Mary J. Blige, Gabrielle Union, Zendaya, Joan Smalls, Sanaa Lathan, Missy Elliot, and extra.

Past being a celeb hairstylist to the celebs and star of Bravo TV present Invite Solely Cabo, Larry Sims has turn out to be a family title and is utilizing his platform to coach aspiring hairstylists on their journey to success together with his seminar.

Tippi Shorter

Shoppers: Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and extra.

Tippi Shorter is the primary African-American girl to be a spokesperson for haircare traces Clairol and Pantene. To not point out her first-ever movie star consumer was Cunning Brown.

Kahh Spence

Shoppers: Cardi B., Kehlani, Ella Mai, Justine Skye, Jordyn Woods, and extra.

Cardi B. and Kehlani’s resident hairstylist Kahh Spence, who is also an OGX model ambassador, has a method together with his palms. From touring with Kehlani to creating his personal customized wigs, it looks like styling comes pure to him.

Felicia Leatherwood

Shoppers: Issa Rae, Jill Scott, Yara Shahidi, Skai Jackson, Teyonah Parris, Yvonne Orji, and extra.

Felicia Leatherwood focuses on pure hair, and her gorgeous kinds will make everybody wish to embrace their pure texture. She’s been within the hair enterprise for over 20 years and desires to encourage all ladies to personal their textured tresses.

Derek Jae

Shoppers: Actual Housewives of Atlanta and extra.

You most likely acknowledge movie star stylist Derek Jae from his tv debut on Bravo’s Actual Housewives of Atlanta, the place he styled every star of the present. He is been offering his experience to the hair trade for over 15 years and has appeared on Chris Rock’s standard documentary Good Hair and in lots of hair exhibits.

Lacy Redway

Shoppers: Priyanka Chopra, Laura Harrier, Tessa Thompson, Jourdan Dunn, Uzo Aduba, Joan Smalls, Ashley Graham, Ruth Negga, Olivia Palermo, and extra.

You possibly can thank Lacy Redway for creating among the jaw-dropping kinds to hit the pink carpet. She’s risen to the highest due to her innate love of hair and has been a voice for the illustration of girls of shade within the trade.

Tokyo Stylez

Shoppers: Kylie Jenner, Cardi B., Paris Hilton, Ciara, Nicki Minaj, and extra.

First off, let’s acknowledge the truth that Tokyo Stylez is a imaginative and prescient—and is aware of find out how to slay a customized wig. Kylie Jenner has been counting on her for these ever-changing hairstyles, and here is why: Tokyo Stylez is the reality.

Kim Kimble

Shoppers: Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé, Mindy Kaling, Tia Mowry, Angela Bassett, Ava DuVernay, Nicki Minaj, Zendaya, and extra.

Queen Bey’s longtime hairstylist Kim Kimble is a kind of hairstylists who does not want an introduction—her work speaks for itself. Let’s simply say she’s the mastermind behind the enduring, symbolic kinds in Beyoncé’s visible album Lemonade.

Vernon François

Shoppers: Lupita Nyong’o, Solange, Serena Williams, Willow Smith, Ava DuVernay, Ruth Negga, Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Uzo Aduba, and extra.

You possibly can name on Vernon François for all issues curls. He’s a textured specialist who has mastered the artwork of reviving pure hair and taking its look to the subsequent degree. It’s important to give his very personal hair merchandise a strive—his Mist Nourishing Water ($16) is my favourite curl refresher. He is additionally a genius at architectural kinds that symbolize deeply rooted, wealthy cultural expressions.

Kiyah Wright

Shoppers: Tyra Banks, Iman, Brandy, Gabrielle Union, Jennifer Hudson, Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, and extra.

Kiyah Wright is a two-time Emmy Award-winning hairstylist trusted by the celebs. Her next-level work has graced the pages of nearly each journal possible and the best way this girl works shade is unreal.

Ted Gibson

Shoppers: Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Debra Messing, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Greene, Lupita Nyong’o, Gabrielle Union, and extra.

I grew up watching TLC’s What To not Put on present with my mother, so Ted Gibson has a particular place in my coronary heart. He can remodel somebody’s complete look (and temper) together with his palms and that alone deserves to be applauded. He is labored with high-end designers for the runway and has created iconic appears for editorial spreads.

Vernon Scott

Shoppers: Maxwell, Kanye West, Zayn, Pharrell Williams, Idris Elba, Trevor Noah, Danai Gurira, Jidenna, Amber Rose, Jaden Smith, Robert Glasper, and extra.

Vernon Scott is just unimaginable together with his craft. He pushes the boundaries and creates boundary-breaking kinds that often break the web—like this revolutionary buzzcut he styled for Black Panther star Danai Gurira.

Johnny Wright

Shoppers: Michelle Obama, Kerry Washington, Tamron Corridor, June Ambrose, and extra.

Johnny Wright was former FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s go-to hairstylist. Want I say extra?

Nikki Nelms

Shoppers: Zoë Kravitz, Janelle Monáe, Solange, and extra.

In command of creating the awe-inspiring visible masterpiece that was Solange’s beaded coiffure for her revolutionary tune, “Do not Contact My Hair” is Nikki Nelms. Liked by Hollywood It ladies like Janelle Monáe and Zoë Kravitz, Nelms is aware of all about hair elevation—therefore the explanation a lot of her hairstyles have sparked essential cultural conversations.

Takisha Sturdivant-Drew

Shoppers: Yvonne Orji, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Mindy Kaling, Naturi Naughton, Uzo Aduba, La La Anthony, and extra.

Takisha Sturdivant-Drew has taken her craft critically since her cosmetology days in New York. Her profession has taken off styling A-lists and probably the most liked ladies in Hollywood.

Yusef Williams

Shoppers: Rihanna, Mariah Carey, and extra.

Whenever you take a look at Yusef Williams, you are primarily a hair mogul within the making. This man is the brains behind Rihanna’s present stopping appears. To maintain up with the nonstop slay of pop star Rihanna is not any straightforward feat, and he completely kills it each time.

Stasha Harris

Shoppers: Fashions, influencers, and actresses alike.

Stasha Harris has a particular expertise on the subject of hair braiding that’s unmatched. I had the pleasure of working together with her on her first-ever viral braid movies, and this girl has gifted (extraordinarily quick) palms. It’s important to see it to imagine it. You possibly can e-book your subsequent appointment at her two Brooklyn areas—you will not be disenchanted.

Nai’vasha Johnson

Shoppers: Yara Shahidi, Zendaya, Uzo Aduba, Logan Browning, Kelela, and extra.

Lastly, you possibly can just about wager that Nai’vasha Johnson has styled the who’s who of Hollywood. I significantly love the best way she performs with texture with pure hair.

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