Beyonce’s Best Black Is King Hair Looks
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Beyonce’s Best Black Is King Hair Looks

by eleanor / last updated September 11, 2020

Black is King is the 80-minute visual album that had us running to get a Disney+ subscription – and it did not disappoint. Not only is it a masterpiece, but worth watching alone for the myriad of Beyonce’s best Black is King hair looks.

Incredibly, in an interview with Cosmopolitan, lead hairstylist Neal Farinah shared that he and his team (including Xia CharlesNakia Rachon, Keinda Samuel, Nicole NewlandSafiya WarnerTashana MilesKendra Garvey, and Kamilah Gerestant) created over 40 wigs in just six days for the production.

Here, we feast our eyes on Beyonce’s best Black is King hair looks.

Beyonce’s Best Black Is King Hair Looks

 1. Senegalese twist

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INSPIRATION. Look#6 Senegalese Twist: Paying homage to Senegal, Africa. In Dakar, Senegalese Twist represent not only fashion but a status symbol. Kankelon hair and Cheveux Naturels make Senegalese twist a coveted style amongst West Africans and have been worn all over the world. Head- Carrying became an efficient tradition all over Africa that was passed over by elders, who were enslaved and without transportation. Many women are known as head-porters called “kayayei” and were hired to migrate and carry the goods. With the terrain being rough and rural many women found this as a way to keep balance and bring as much product, food and shelter from Place to [email protected] #blackisking #disneyplus

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The inspiration behind this look comes from Senegal, writes Neal on Instagram: “In Dakar, Senegalese Twist represent not only fashion but a status symbol. Kankelon hair and Cheveux Naturels make Senegalese twist a coveted style amongst West Africans and have been worn all over the world.”

2. Bantu knots

“The word Bantu, Translates to the ‘people’ in 400 African language and was originated by the Zulu people of South Africa. Zulu married women, Senior women and men wore topknots to indicate their marital status,” writes Neal on Instagram. “The look can also be known as ‘Nubian Knots’. The middle knot shown here reflects the Egyptian ankh symbol which means Life.”

3. Mother and daughter matching hair

Like mother like daughter, Blue Ivy and Mum team up with matching braids in the ‘My Power’ song.

4. Fulani Braids

This architectural style took inspiration from Fulani women, explains Neal on Instagram. “As early as the 15th century, hair was the main disseminator among different tribes and within communities of marital status. Age, wealth, and rank on the social hierarchy community or tribe members of the royalty would often wear elaborate hairstyles as a symbol of the statue,” he wrote.

5. Towering bubble ponytail

Beyonce’s curls defy gravity in this bubble ponytail, along with perfectly laid edges. The inspiration? “Recognition and celebration of the Versatility of black hair and it’s innate Beauty,” writes Neal. “The purpose of this Hair is to illustrate the story of our Royal past, Celebrate the Glory of the here and now.”

6. Those horns

“That wig with the horns was heavy,” Neal told Cosmopolitan. “But I went on the set and I just figured it out. I was determined to make it work. Bey said to me, ‘How am I going to perform with this?’ And I said, ‘I will take care of it.’ She put it on, we made it work, and it’s one of the most amazing pieces.”

7. Mangbetu braided crown

The inspiration came from Eastern Congo for this Mangbetu braid crown. “The style was created to accentuate the elongated of the skull represented royalty and was a status symbol. The Mangbetu tribe was known for its royalty and beautiful court dance they would take part in 1909-1915,” he writes.

8. That 30ft long braid look

Rapunzel who? This list of Beyonce’s Black is King’s hair looks wouldn’t be complete without Beyonce’s 30-foot long braids. According to Popsugar took three days to complete alone.

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