Royal Wedding-Worthy Ways To Rock Your Locs

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When the news of Prince Henry and Meghan Markle's engagement broke, Black Twitter collectively flipped their shit. Sure, Markle won't technically be an actual princess, but that won't stop us from claiming her as our resident Black American Duchess (or baddie, for short) for the rest of her royal days.
What's even more exciting is the fact that Markle's mom, Doria Ragland, will be front and center for the ceremonies... and that's she's representing with locs. This has never happened before. Even though it's 2018, there are still plenty of cultural stereotypes surrounding the protective style — including the fact 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. Need proof? Check out styles worn by Jourdan Dunn, Lena Waithe, and more... and keep your eyes peeled for how Ragland rocks hers tomorrow.
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Wrapped Side Ponytail

Logan Browning wore her two-toned faux locs to the side, cleverly wrapping her elastic with a few strands.
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Pearl-Studded Bun

A few days before the Met Gala, Lacy Redway gave Dunn this protective style in order for them to loosen up. On the day of Redway swept the faux locs up and decorated them with Lelet gems.
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Front-Facing Chignon

Of course, Waithe absolutely slays this of-the-moment hairstyle that's practically made for strong, powerful women.
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Gilded High Ponytail

Nai'vasha Johnson, who styled Sasha Lane's funky updo, always uses a mini bungee cord to gather up lots of hair.
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Top Knot With Expertly-Laid Edges

Yaya DaCosta, who big chopped in December, is giving her natural hair a rest in the most stylish way possible.
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Elegant Half-Up

In 2015, Giuliana Rancic made an ignorant comment about Zendaya's locs — 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."
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Bantu Knots & Double Braids

Chloe and Halle Bailey always 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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Blinged-Out Bangs

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 an 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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