The Most Unforgettable Hairstyles from the 2021 NAACP Image Awards


After a five-night-long celebration, the 52nd annual NAACP Image Awards finally came to a head on Saturday night with a star-studded ceremony hosted by Black-ish star Anthony Anderson. Despite this year’s festivities being a mostly virtual affair, our favorite stars still came together remotely to honor Black excellence across television, music, literature, and film.

There may not have been a red carpet, but that didn’t stop celebs from showing off their best and most glamorous hair looks. From sculptural updos to pretty ponies and dazzling headpieces, stars like Marsai Martin, Brandee Evans, and Tracee Ellis Ross came through serving some of the most mesmerizing hairstyles that we’ve ever seen.

Here, see all of our favorite hair moments from the 2021 NAACP Image Awards.

Issa Rae

We’re beyond obsessed with this twisted bun and pony that hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood created for Issa Rae.

Regina King

Regina King made a case for matching your hair to your dress on awards night. The actress rocked multi-colored braids in hues of copper, orange, and red that came courtesy of her hairstylist Angie Perrantes to perfectly complement her custom Oscar de la Renta gown.

Marsai Martin

Marsai Martin looked flawless as ever with her wispy braided top knot styled by hairstylist Alexander Armand.

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett came through looking super fierce with her voluminous crown of curls styled by hairstylist Randy Stodghill.

Yara Shahidi

Hairstylist Kendall Dorsey took Yara Shahidi’s sleek and chic ponytail to the next level with some stunning braided hair accents.

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe stunned with this blonde tapered textured cut that came courtesy of hairstylist Nikki Nelms.

Brandee Evans

Hairstylist Sasha MaRi mixed afro puffs with braids to produce this structural hairstyle for actress Brandee Evans.

Jurnee Smollett

For Jurnee Smollett’s big night, hairstylist Nikki Nelms gave the star a sleek and chic blunt bob that looks absolutely stunning!

Novi Brown

From the blunt ends to the gold interwoven thread, there is so much to love about actress Novi Brown’s braided updo by hairstylist Fesa Nu. To create this beautiful styles that’s fit for a Queen, Nu “decided to keep it sleek and elegant with a bit of texture” by playing with shapes and giving Brown “some chunky braids with a blunt cut” that were accented with rope and wallah.

Tracee Ellis Ross

All eyes were on Tracee Ellis Ross and her massive golden dove headpiece by Schiaparelli that her hairstylist Nai’vasha styled on top of her gorgeous updo.

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys served up a strong baby hair game at the awards. We’re absolutely living for this curled pony and swirly baby hairs that hairstylist Kendall Dorsey styled to perfection.

Which look was your favorite from the NAACP Image Awards? Let us know in the comments!

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Camille Nzengung

Camille Nzengung is a Features Editor at The Tease, where she covers all things hair. You can find her writing about the best hair products, the coolest hair trends, and all the exciting new hair launches. Send her a pitch:

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