The Best Hairstyles from the 2023 NAACP Image Awards


The stars were out for the 54th Annual NAACP Image Awards and their hair teams delivered! The show, which honors outstanding representations and achievements of people of color in motion pictures, television, music, and literature, was hosted by Queen Latifah, and aired live from Pasadena, California.

Keep scrolling to see some of our favorite hairstyles from the 2023 NAACP Image Awards.


Zendaya‘s bob made its red carpet debut, tousled to perfection by celebrity hairstylist Tai Simon with the help of OGX Beauty, Tangle Teezer and Dyson products.

Quinta Brunson

Multiple NAACP Image Award nominee Quinta Brunson once again partnered with celebrity hairstylist Alexander Armand for her look. This time, the team embraced simplicity, with a bold center part, and volume, care of Dove‘s Defining Shaping Butter Cream.

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union, who was nominated alongside her husband for the President’s Award for their LGBTQ+ advocacy work, sported a sleek, collarbone-grazing style thanks to longtime collaborator Larry Simms.

Novi Brown

Actress Novi Brown and hairstylist Ar’Tavia Harris brought the drama with this look: a sky-high, sculptural pony!

Angela Bassett

Icon Angela Bassett, who won multiple NAACP Image Awards at the show, really did the thing. Celebrity Hairstylist Randy Stodghill created a modern-day bang look with minimal curl for Angela with a suite of Olivia Garden beauty tools.

Janelle James

The “Abbot Elementary” star and hairstylist Dwain Thomas aka @weezydidit opted for a super sleek style, center parted and embellished with a crystal broach at the nape.

Shannon Thorton

According to celebrity hairstylist Ray Christopher aka @hair4kicks, the direction for Shannon Thorton‘s NAACP Image Awards hairstyle was two words: Diana Ross. He understood the assignment.

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Hairstylist Carla Clarkson calls Sheryl Lee Ralph “Black excellence at its finest” and she is not wrong! This sculptural updo, big on texture, had the most delicate, piecey bits — the perfect combination of soft and strong.

Serena Williams

The tennis great looked every bit the icon she is with an assist from celebrity hairstylist Alexander Armand and Maui Moisture products. A serve!

Kerry Washington

A sleek and chic style for Kerry Washington by celebrity hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew. Takisha used her own line of extensions and Maui Moisture to create this slicked back look. There’s not a bad angle to be found.

Dominque Thorne

The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever actress teamed up with man of the night, Alexander Armand to create this updo. The best part? Tiny, face-framing and shoulder-grazing braids. It’s giving Y2K-23.

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