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Last updated: February 25, 2019

Danai Gurira’s Regal Braids & Gold Embellishment

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Getty Image Courtesy of Matrix

WAKANDA FOREVER. No, seriously…the “Black Panther” cast has been slaying red carpet glam this entire awards season—like this braided and embellished look on actress Danai Gurira. Paired with a Brock Collection gown and a vintage gold headband, celebrity stylist Larry Sims (@larryjarahsims) created waist-length braids away from the face and we’re breaking down the entire technique below. 


Inspiration: “Danai’s hairstyle was inspired by African princess royalty. I wanted to create something strong, regal and elegant that complemented her dress along with her 1920s Fred Leighton headband so we went with gorgeous regal braids.”


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Artist: Larry Sims
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Starting on damp hair, prep with Biolage Blowdry Glotion for healthy-looking and frizz-free texture. 


Part the hair into small sections and apply Biolage Texture SAP buildable definition gel to the roots. “Texture SAP gave me the perfect pull at Danai’s hairline,” dishes Larry. 


Then, cornrow each section working away from the face from roots to ends and secure each braid. 


Finish by applying Biolage Freeze Fix Hairspray all over to provide hold and prevent any flyaways. 


Larry added a vintage 1920s Fred Leighton headband for a crown effect.

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Finished Look // Getty Image Courtesy of Matrix

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