#GetTheLook: Here’s How Lizzo Got That Wood Grain Hair For The BET Awards

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Lizzo gave us life this past weekend with her BET Awards performance that even had Rihanna giving her a standing ovation mid-performance. The singer definitely brought the juice with her big voice and even bigger hair. 

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Even before hitting the stage, though, she was already dripping with a head-turning lewk on the red carpet. The “Truth Hurts” singer showed out with a head-to-toe custom wood grain ensemble, including a handmade headpiece and perfectly coiffed afro puff.

We caught up with her hairstylist Shelby Swain to get deets on her latest mane move. “Lizzo and I love to play,” the self-proclaimed Beyoncé of hair told Hype Hair. “We love making a statement.”

And Lizzo’s statement was hella clear: “I’m not a branch […] I’m the whole damn tree,” she posted on Instagram.


For this particular look, Shelby says she wanted to create something iconic. “I thought wood grain hair would be perfect!,” she said. So, she made the entire headpiece to match Lizzo’s dress just hours before hitting the red carpet. 

“It took an hour to mold the hair, and then another hour to paint the wood grain!,” she told Hype Hair of the look created with hair spray paint. “After painting and letting dry, I fastened the ‘hat’ to a braided base in Lizzo’s hair.”

Shelby said she opted for the “cute afro puff” to play up Lizzo’s natural kinks and coils. “We absolutely love texture!” 

To get the look, Shelby air dried Lizzo’s freshly washed and conditioned and pulled all of the hair back and tied it up into a pony tail, wrapped it around with a hair tie and secured with bobby pins.

To play up your natural hair pattern, Shelby says the key is to use “warm water and your favorite brush along with a moisturizing leave-in conditioner (try: Suave Professionals for Natural Hair Nourish & Strengthen Leave-In Conditioner). Once product is distributed throughout, brush hair back into the bun.

To finish off and keep her tresses in formation, she sprayed on Suave Professionals Firm Control Finishing Hairspray and then pinned on the painted headpiece.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is digital media director and online editor for Hype Hair. she is also founder of Sadiaa Black Beauty guide, the number one beauty directory for women of color.