Lupita Nyong’o’s regal beehive slays Oscars red carpet


Lupita Nyong’o (Instagram @vernonfrancois)

A towering, intricately braided updo designed by Vernon Francois for Lupita Nyong’o was definitely one of the most talked about styles at the recent 94th Academy Awards (Oscars) held in Los Angeles.


Francois wrote on his Instagram page (@vernonfrancois): “Lupita’s delicate sisterlocks are majestically swept up, hand-shaped and contoured with precision, for a soft yet striking final look that elongates her neckline. I used a blend of basket weaving, wefting and loc extension techniques to create an asymmetric playful structure that echoes the floral design of Lupita’s dress. The artistry creates the illusion of fluidity.”


Vanessa Hudgens channeled Hollywood icon, Audrey Hepburn, with a twisted bun (and extensions) piled high on the top of her head. This is not the first time that Hudgens has opted for Hepburn-style glamour in the hair department and it suits her so well.

An acknowledged red carpet style queen, ‘Dune’ and ‘Euphoria’ actress, Zendaya, wore a killer outfit as always, complemented this time by softly, swept up hair that did not hide her natural waves.


One of the night’s hosts, comedienne Amy Schumer, had her golden blonde hair styled into neat waves coming off a deep side parting, tucked behind the ear.


Tennis superstar Serena Williams sported the bluntest of blunt bobs in a honey coloured hue, while sister, Venus Williams, went for all-out 1960s glam, with a very teased and voluminous half-updo.


The young star of ‘King Richard’, Demi Singleton, wowed with an extremely high fishtail that skimmed down to the middle of her back.


Oscar nominee, Kristen Stewart, had her textured blonde waves flowing out of the deepest of side partings, with gelled chocolate brown roots teased to add height at the top.


Best Actress Oscar winner, Jessica Chastain, had her red hair swept high in a ponytail, with a few strands framing her perfect bone structure, while Lilly James’ long, mid-brown hair had a studiously casual look.


Always one to make a statement on the red carpet, Tracee Ellis Ross had her natural curls slicked back into a tight bun. This minimalist style made her revealing red dress pop even more. Zoe Kravitz also rocked a similar look, but with super-short, side-swept bangs.


Singer Billie Eilish’s hairstyle was reminiscent of the Veronica character in the ‘Archie’ comics – a black lob with flipped edges and thick fringe.


Comedienne Tiffany Haddish also evoked a retro style – this time the early 1930s – with her short, platinum blonde hair coaxed into finger waves. (Report by Joanna Sterkowicz)