7 Most Popular Afro Hairstyles Right Now, According to Lupita's Stylist

Elinor Block

Even before she won her Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong'o's style was well-documented. Her savvy fashion choices were applauded and designers flocked to dress her (we still have dreams about that baby-blue Prada gown she wore to the 2014 Academy Awards). But it wasn't just her fashion sense that won plaudits; it was also her chic close-cropped hairstyle.

Over the years, Nyong'o has worn several different looks, whether that's plaits, quiffs or bold-print scarves. And there's pretty much one man we have to thank for these incredible styles: Vernon François. The British hairdresser is an expert on natural hair and has tended to the tresses of the likes of Lianne La Havas, Clara Amfo, and Janelle Monáe. To add to that, he even launched his own range of specially formulated products for curly and afro hair.

What we're saying is that if you want some natural hair inspiration, François is your man. Which is exactly why we asked him to tell us which looks are the coolest right now and the ones that everyone is asking for. Click through our gallery below for seven must-have afro hairstyles.

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