Here’s How To Score Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Cropped Curls For $25

Gugu Mbatha-Raw X Matt Fugate
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw is proof you don’t have to big chop to serve up short-cut envy. The actress lit up the 2020 Golden Globes Sunday (Jan. 5) night in a stunning faux pixie bob.

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Instead of a brand new cut, hairstylist Matt Fugate created a structured look to accent her sparkling ’20s-inspired sequinned Gucci gown and bold red-orange lip ($38).


“We wanted to radiate energy and kick off the year with a bang!” he told Hype Hair. “My hair goal was to embrace her natural texture and create a hairstyle that had a bold shape, highlighting her beautiful silhouette.”

Gugu Mbatha-Raw X 2020 Golden Globes
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He also shared deets on how to recreate the look at home using Dove’s new curls-approved Amplified Textures collection which hits stores next month. He first prepped her hair with the new line’s Hydrating Cleanse Shampoo ($6.99) and then cocktailed the Moisture Lock Leave-in Conditioner ($6.99) and Shine & Moisture Finishing Gel ($6.99) to amp up her curls.

“These two products together gave me my perfect foundation for working with her natural curls, making her curl pattern stronger as well as keeping the coils healthy,” shared Matt.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw X Matt Fugate
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He used a deep side part to set hair for the structured shape and then set her curls, first with a blow dryer to keep the shape and then a diffuser on its lowest heat and lowest power to add volume.

The secret, he said to keeping her curl definition was patience. “Do not touch the hair too much,” he said of the drying and setting process. “Be patient and let the curl pattern form itself, don’t force it.”

Once dry, he created the faux bob in the back by sectioned the back of her hair on a slight diagonal. “With the right side, I pulled/rolled/roped/twisted the hair into a low ponytail at the back of her neck and secured with an elastic…the first trick behind the hidden faux bob! Then, I rolled the ends into a tiny curly bun around the elastic and secured with a couple of bobby pins.”

To achieve the shape at the top, he took the hair on the right side and loosely draped it back across and pinned into the tiny bun. He then continued to bobby pin hair into the nape of her neck to secure the shape.

“I had Gugushake her head around to catch any rogue tendrils before the carpet, and sprayed with hairspray ($4.89) and pinned back into place,” he added.

Will you be adding this look to your 2020 hair slay? Let us know below!

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is digital media director for Hype Hair and founder/Black beauty director for Sadiaa Black Beauty guide, the top hair and beauty directory for women of color.