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The Black Hairstyles We Should Be Talking About From The MTV Awards

Any time a person of color reclaims their space on the red carpet by wearing their natural texture or a protective style, we rejoice a little bit. Of course, we love a good set of box braids or a popping twist-out just as much as the next person. But let’s not forget that not too long ago, these same styles that we marvel at (and the ones that certain stars like to copy and paste for attention) were considered “inappropriate” for the red carpet.

Not today, though. Tessa Thompson’s box braids, Lena Waithe’s locs, and the other naturally-textured and protective hairstyles at the MTV Movie & TV Awards weren’t just killer looks ¡ª they were a declaration of regality and pride. So you can keep your kornrows. We’re good with the homegrown curls and kinks that make us… well, us. Celebrate some of the best Black hairstyles we should be talking about, ahead.

We look forward to any event that Chloe and Halle Bailey are scheduled to attend. They always find innovative and fresh ways to style their locs, including twists, buns, and elaborate updos.

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After making us guess, we were thrilled to see the newest member of hairstylist Lacy Redway’s braid gang: Tessa Thompson, who sported a set of thigh-length individuals.

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The couple that slays together, stays together. Lena Waithe’s amazing loc mohawk (styled by Felicia Leatherwood) made a reappearance on the carpet… and Alana Mayo, her girlfriend, looked equally stunning in a set of cornrows.

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“Her fro is brushed out and free!” Redway posted about Zazie Beetz’ voluminous curls.

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When it’s too hot to function, a ponytail is always an easy fix. Storm Reid decorated hers with a bejeweled bobby pin ladder, and plenty of baby hair action.

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Curl guru Nai’vasha Johnson gave Riverdale ‘s Ashleigh Murray center-parted, blown out curls…

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… and styled Yara Shahidi in a sharp curly bob and forehead-grazing bangs that made us do a double-take.

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images..

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