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 instead. One trend that stood out 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 favorites moments.

This twisty cinnamon bun looks just delicious.

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

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

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

Consider this your sign to switch up the way you style your box braids. We’re loving this sleek top-knot.

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

It’s the bob for us!

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

Keys never ceases to amaze us with her artfully swirled edges. They’re art.

Monae 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.