Even though it's 2019, there are still plenty of cultural
stereotypes surrounding locs — including the lie that they aren't glamorous enough for special events. Well, critics be damned. Locs are just as gorgeous as a shiny blowout or Hollywood curls... and just as versatile as well.
You can twist locs into a bun or wear them in a ponytail. You can pull them back into a half-up, half-down style or
add sparkling accessories. There's no limit to the ways you can shape locs when you're trying to dress them up. Need proof? Check out styles worn by Jourdan Dunn, Lena Waithe, and more Hollywood beauties, ahead.
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Wrapped Side Ponytail Logan Browning wore her two-toned faux locs to one side, and cleverly wrapped her elastic with a few strands.
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Lacy Redway gave Dunn this protective style a few days before the 2018
to help loosen them up a bit. On the day of the event, Redway swept the faux locs up and decorated them with
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is made for strong, powerful women — so it's no surprise that Waithe wears it effortlessly.
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Top Knot With Expertly-Laid Edges Yaya DaCosta's yellow, off-the-shoulder dress shows off her stylish bun, slicked-down edges, and gorgeous highlight.
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In 2015, Giuliana Rancic made an ignorant comment about
— and Z clapped back with grace. "There is already harsh criticism of African-American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair," she wrote in an Instagram post. "My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough."
To this day, this elegant half-up, half-down style is one of our favorite looks on her.
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Bantu Knots & Double Braids
Chloe and Halle Bailey
come through with innovative ways to style their hair. They retwist their locs every three to four months to keep them looking fresh, according to
Into the Gloss
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Johnson, who works with Kelela,
once told us
that she uses a needle and thread to attach her awesome adornments.
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Twists With A Top Knot
"These are the moments when I am most proud of us!" Dr. Kari Williams, who styled Ava DuVernay's Cannes look,
captioned her post on Instagram
. "Locs are a symbol of pride, beauty, and strength. Our natural hair belongs everywhere we belong. Our natural hair is us."
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Pinned-Up Braid DuVernay never disappoints when it comes to style inspiration. This look features a braided section pinned to the side, giving the effect of a side bang.
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Polished Pony & Deconstructed Mohawk Hello, red carpet glam! The Bailey sisters wore complementary styles to the 2018 BET Awards. With them standing side by side, you can truly see the versatility of locs.
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For the 2018 Met Gala, Waithe's stylist weaved metallic blue thread through her twisted Mohawk to complement her
epic rainbow cape
Twist your locs into a half-up bun and leave a few pieces out in the back and front to create a
like Teyana Taylor's.