February 12, 2018 11:41 am

When Lupita Nyong’o came on the scene and took the world by storm, she mesmerized us all with her bold baldness and raw beauty. As of late, Lupita is wearing her natural hair in various chic hairstyles that demonstrate her hair’s versatility. And now, the actress is gracing Allure‘s March 2018 cover, which features different natural hairstyles that celebrate her hair.

The latest issue of Allure focuses on “The Culture of Hair,” which highlights the strength and power of kinky and coily hair. In the glossy’s issue, Lupita’s go-to hairstylist, Vernon François, styled the Black Panther star’s hair. Not only did Vernon create breathtaking looks, but he wanted to show the versatility in kinky hair, writing in an Instagram post, “I wanted to show that coily or kinky hair has many strengths and can be worn in lots of different ways, celebrating its beauty and versatility.” Hopefully, this inspires others to embrace their natural hair.

Lupita opened up about learning to love her hair, and the liberating moment she had when she shaved her hair completely for the first time. Lupita told Allure:

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Although Lupita felt liberated, she explains that her mom was shocked and “disapproving” of her new look. So in the beginning, the struggles of her dramatic hair change were real.

Now, Lupita has a much healthier relationship with her hair, which is the longest it’s been in a decade. And thanks to her hairstylist, she is pushing the limits with her looks, and learning more about caring for and managing her natural hair.

Lupita’s natural hair journey is an amazing one and we can’t wait to see what other hairstyles she pulls off.