Lupita Nyong’o is unarguably the biggest natural hair icon of our time, and the “12 Years A Slave” star has shown us there are different ways to style natural kinky African hair. Contrary to the belief by most women of colour that natural hair is different to manage and style, the Mexican-born Kenyan actress and multiple award-winning has shown us it is possible.

She is not only popular for her acting role in which she has received several awards but also for her stylish and classy fashion, as well as her signature natural hair that has been styled in various ways.

From her days in MTV Shuga Kenya to her Hollywood launch and fame, Lupita Nyong’o has stayed true to her natural Afro hair.

Get inspired by taking a look at some photos of the many different ways the natural hair icon and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star have styled hair natural kinky hair over the years.

The Braided Bun

The Kenyan star rocked this gorgeous braided bun hairstyle with a beautiful smile.

The Elvis Presley Hairstyle


The “Twelve Years A Slave” star rocked this Elvis Presley-esque pompadour hairstyle to grace the cover of the May issue of Marie Claire Magazine.

The “Fronut” Updo


Lupita, who is well known for her chic and cutting edge fashion style since her appearance in 2013, rocked a stunning updo that she jokingly referred to as the “fronut” at Cannes in May. She accessorised the hair with  two lines of beads.

The French Roll


Lupita Nyong’o attended the Met Gala and wore her hair in a french roll that was dyed purple! She embellished the updo with a Cartier headband and completed the look with a matching beaded and feathered Prada fishnet dress.

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The Futuristic Updo


Lupita rocked this futuristic updo hairstyle to match her futuristic role in the Star Awakens.

The Afro Puffs


The Mexican-born actress rocked this very creative afro puffs hairdo with a parted middle. The hair, which also looked like the Minnie Mouse ears and Princess Leia buns were cool and flattering on the star. The actress wore the look to the45th NAACP Image Awards that was presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The event took place on 22nd of February 2014 in Pasadena, California.

The Wedge


The fashionista wore this wedge hairdo to the W magazine party that was held ahead of the Golden Globes. Does it make remember the guys from Kid ‘n Play or the House Party? The queen of tress sure knows how to play with her hair.

The Literal High-art Updo


The Yale-educated star rocked this literal high-art hairdo at the 2016 Met Gala.

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