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From Braids to Birds, It Was All About the Hair at the NAACP Image Awards

Saturday evening marked the 52nd annual NAACP Image Awards, and although it was a mostly digital gathering, we still saw such a mighty exhibition of Black excellence. The show went off without a hitch as stars gathered virtually to celebrate the accomplishments of Black and brown people in entertainment and the world at large. As the entertainment industry continues to adapt to the challenges of pulling off star-studded award shows in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the biggest changes has been the modified ways in which attendees show off their fashion and beauty looks

Well, celebs got creative this evening! In lieu of a traditional step-and-repeat, we got BTS glimpses of some enviable beauty looks. One trend that stood out the most? The stunning hair! From braids to bobs to hats and even birds (yes, birds!), the beauty atop the crowns of stars like Issa Rae and Tracee Ellis Ross left us speechless. Keep scrolling to see our favorite moments.

Issa Rae

52nd Annual NAACP Image Awards: Issa Rae

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This twisty cinnamon bun looks just delicious.

Novi Brown

52nd Annual NAACP Image Awards: Nivi Brown

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We're obsessed with Brown's braided updo. From the gold accents strewn throughout to the blunt-cut ends, the look is so chic.

Regina King

52nd Annual NAACP Image Awards: Regina King

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As if King's stunning Oscar de la Renta gown—complete with an oversize bow on the shoulder and a flowing cape—wasn't enough to make us shed a tear, her gorgeous multicolored braids definitely took us there.

Tracee Ellis Ross

It's a bird! No, really—that's a golden dove by Schiaparelli adorning Ross's head. Iconic.

Marsai Martin

52nd Annual NAACP Image Awards: Marsai Martin

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Consider this your sign to switch up the way you style your box braids. We're loving this sleek topknot.

Brandee Evans

52nd Annual NAACP Image Awards: Brandee Evans

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P-Valley star Evans was the embodiment of Black Girl Magic with these sculptural plaits.

Jurnee Smollett

52nd Annual NAACP Image Awards: Jurnee Smollett

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It's the bob for us!

Tracee Ellis Ross

52nd Annual NAACP Image Awards: Tracee Ellis Ross Top Hat

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Ms. Ross came through with yet another fabulous head moment in the form of a wide-brimmed top hat. So glamorous.

Alicia Keys

Keys never ceases to amaze us with her beautifully swirled edges. They're art.

Janelle Monáe

Monáe stunned in a gorgeous Christian Siriano gown and a bleach-blonde cut fit for a queen.

Want more celebrity beauty? Check out the best beauty looks from this year's Grammy Awards.

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