If you have yet to read about the purpose behind Pose star Indya Moore’s earrings tribute at the 2019 Fashion Media Awards, please stop reading right now and go here.
Oh, you have? Great! Then let’s get into the cornrows that were inspired by their political fashion fare. Sure, whenever we get the deets on a celeb’s red carpet look, we expect the hairstylist to say they were inspired by the celeb’s outfit for the evening.
But, hairstylist Monaè Everett says it was more than just a look that “matched” the gown or the earrings. “We were very intentional about creating a look that not only allowed the earrings to speak for themselves but also spoke to Indya’s heritage.”
For those who don’t know, Indya is half-Puerto Rican, half-Caribbean and, as they put it, all Black.
“It was imperative that the hairstyle put the focus on the power and beauty of the statement Indya was making,” she continued. “That’s we chose cornrows as the base and instead of just brushing their hair straight back. I created a sunburst design — with one cornrow going back down the middle and two on each side.”
Monae says the sunburst design — besides being super chic — also helped draw attention to the center of Indya’s face and their gold graphic eyeliner painted on by Aeriel D’andrea.
To get a similar look at home, Monaè recommends using Ouidad’s Curling Custard while braiding the base. “This helps keep strands in place, as well as plays up your natural texture and moisturizes tresses.” This was especially important for achieving Indya’s look without using any heat or gel.
To finish, Monaè wrapped loose ends in a low bun and used Ouidad’s mongongo oil for added sheen. As a pro-tip, she added that the most important part of the look is the parting. “Make sure the parts are clean, straight and symmetrical. That way you can play up the texture and still maintain a finished look.”