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These Celebs Are Changing the Definition of ‘Awards Show’ Hair

Refinery29 | Khalea Underwood

Grab the popcorn, friends, because awards season is well underway. And while we love anticipating all the great style moments we’re going to see on the red carpet, we also know that this time of year brings a whole lot of the same: soft chignons, old Hollywood waves, and enough glossy blowouts to last three lifetimes. Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with those styles – but, at this point, they’re a bit of a given.

That’s why we were so excited to see our favorite stars strut down the 2017 Billboard Music Awards red carpet wearing a variety of gorgeous and innovative styles that celebrated their natural textures. If this is a preview of what the next few months has to offer, sign us up.

Check out the best looks, ahead.

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Taraji P. Henson, who’s growing out her tapered cut, turned up the volume with a big curly Afro wig by Tym Wallace.

“It’s an original from the Tym Wallace Hair Collection, coming soon,” Wallace tells us. “It took about 45 minutes to do. We began with applying Dove Absolute Curls Detangler to [her] hair, then used a FHI three-quarter-inch curling iron and wanded everything. Afterwards, we used a Olivia Garden brush to loosen the texture and finished the look with Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray to add volume and maintain the look.”

And it’s safe to say that Taraji loved it. Her response Wallace finished? “I love it, darling. I’m Mahogany,” he says.

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Ciara’s textured half-up pony (done by César Ramirez) makes us want to one-two step with joy.

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Solange was also styled by Ramirez – and her halo of blonde curls has never looked better, TBH.

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Kelly Rowland’s got the right idea: Protective styles in the winter time make your curls come alive once spring hits.

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