Get Viola Davis and Esperanza Spalding’s Natural Hair Looks from the 84th Annual Academy Awards with Ouidad

As a natural haired woman and an afro lover, I was ecstatic to see both Viola Davis and Esperanza Spalding rocking their amazing natural hair on the red carpet of the 84th Annual Academy Awards. I think there is a common misconception that afros are wild and untamed, but Viola and Esperanza showed that they are instead incredibly chic and provide a beautiful complement to stunning eveningwear.

If you are looking to mimic their hairstyles from the evening or are looking to take the plunge into natural hair this year, here is how you can achieve their looks with some tips from Ouidad Creative Director, Morgan Willhite.

“Viola Davis embraced what she has naturally by opting for a beautiful, detailed short cut that embraced her tight textured hair. Achieve this simple, low maintenance look with the Ouidad Curl Quencher Styling Gel ($22) which helps to hydrate and define curls, while leaving hair soft to the touch.”

“Esperanza Spalding proved that curls be full, voluminous and sexy. Replicating her look is a breeze.  When the hair is wet, prep the ends with a leave in conditioner similar to the Ouidad Moisture Lock ($22) as is ideal for detangling and achieving a soft finish.  Once the hair is dry, use your fingers raking from roots to the ends to expand and breakup your curls for that full voluminous look.”

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