How To Style 4C Hair With No Heat Or Tools

When Lupita Nyong’o steps onto the red carpet, no matter if it’s an award show or small event, you can count on her delivering a head to toe lewk. Always. Granted, she’s absolutely gorgeous, but she also has a solid dream team behind most of the looks that we’re constantly saving to our camera roll: celebrity hairstylist Vernon François and makeup artist Nick Barose. With two pros like these, you’d think that the kits involved would be of massive proportions. But it turns out, that’s not always the case. In fact, Nyong’o’s pompadour from the 2018 Screen Actors’ Guild Awards was done using no tools at all — a look that enhanced her healthy flush even further.


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Nyong’o, one of the few stars to wear her natural hair on the carpet last night, showed off her texture and tapered haircut with a dramatic side quiff. To start, François saturated her hair with his own Leave-In Conditioner, then used his Scalp Nourish-Ment Braids and Locs Spray on her roots. To get that shape, he didn’t need to manipulate her hair with hot tools or a blowdryer — just his own two hands and a few U-pins for hold.

When it comes to her makeup — because we know that’s your next question — Barose says it’s all about blush placement. After applying Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra Custom Glow Drops in Bronze Glow on her cheekbones, he swept the brand’s Blush Subtil in Shimmer Petite Pomegranate over top — but not until she was practically waking out the door. "Always start with as little blush as possible without brightening up the cheeks right away," the artist shared in an Instagram. "I always decide later how much blush I want once I see the final look with the accessories and everything, this way you can be sure it’s not too much blush."

We’ve reached out to François for more on the above look and will update the post once we hear back.


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