Lena Waithe's fab fade haircut, Beyoncé's 'On the Run Tour 2' braids, and more natural hair highlights

Dana Oliver
Beauty Director
Yahoo Lifestyle

All eyes are on Lena Waithe, and it’s not just for her genius as an actress, screenwriter, and producer. The 34-year-old is making headlines (once again) for her transformative haircut.

The creator of The Chi gradually chopped off her locs and debuted a superlow cut back in July on Instagram with the caption “New tings.” On Thursday, she attended the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual grants banquet rocking a fade-design haircut by Barber Doll the Slayer, and she opened up about how her new look allowed her to break free from whatever box society wants to place her in.

“I felt like I was holding onto a piece of femininity that would make the world feel comfortable with who I am,” Waithe said. “I think I thought for a long time, ‘Oh, if I cut my hair, I’ll be a stud, I’ll be — in the gay world, there’s a lot of categories — I’ll be a stud or I’ll be a butch,’ and I’ve always thought, ‘Well, no, I’m not that, I’m still soft,’ and I said, ‘Oh, I gotta put that down ’cause that’s something that’s outside of me.'”

Now, that is an empowering message we all need on how to create your own definition of beauty. Check out Waithe’s fresh cut, Beyoncé’s “On the Run Tour 2” braids, and Yara Shahidi’s beautiful Bantu knots on our list of celebrity natural-hair highlights.

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<p>Between the dope lines etched into her scalp and the right amount of texture at the top, Waithe’s haircut frames her face perfectly. <strong>Pro tip: To maintain this look, sleep with a <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/tie-durag-according-ap-ferg-120000156.html" data-ylk="slk:durag;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">durag</a>. </strong>(Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Lena Waithe’s fab fade haircut

Between the dope lines etched into her scalp and the right amount of texture at the top, Waithe’s haircut frames her face perfectly. Pro tip: To maintain this look, sleep with a durag. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Celebrity hairstylist <a href="https://www.instagram.com/vernonfrancois/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vernon François" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Vernon François</a> got the Broadway star red-carpet ready with a kinky-curly Afro adorned with an intricate headband. <strong>Pro tip: Use François signature <a href="https://us.vernonfrancois.com/products/styling" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Styling Cream" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Styling Cream</a> to define curls and lock in moisture. </strong>(Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Cynthia Erivo’s platinum-blonde updo

Celebrity hairstylist Vernon François got the Broadway star red-carpet ready with a kinky-curly Afro adorned with an intricate headband. Pro tip: Use François signature Styling Cream to define curls and lock in moisture. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>The <em>BlacKkKlansman</em> actress has been turning heads all week with her waist-skimming braids by hair guru <a href="https://www.instagram.com/lacyredway/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lacy Redway" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lacy Redway</a> (and styling assistant <a href="https://www.instagram.com/ladawndozierhair/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:LaDawn Dozier" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">LaDawn Dozier</a>). <strong>Pro tip: This natural ’do is a perfect no-fuss summer look — just be sure to keep your scalp fresh with a product like <a href="https://www.target.com/p/sheamoisture-jojoba-oil-ucuuba-butter-odor-neutralizing-mist-4oz/-/A-52498487" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:SheaMoisture Jojoba Oil & Ucuuba Butter Odor Neutralizing Mist" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">SheaMoisture Jojoba Oil & Ucuuba Butter Odor Neutralizing Mist</a>. </strong>(Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Laura Harrier’s super-neat box braids

The BlacKkKlansman actress has been turning heads all week with her waist-skimming braids by hair guru Lacy Redway (and styling assistant LaDawn Dozier). Pro tip: This natural ’do is a perfect no-fuss summer look — just be sure to keep your scalp fresh with a product like SheaMoisture Jojoba Oil & Ucuuba Butter Odor Neutralizing Mist. (Photo: Getty Images)

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<p>Queen Bey is serving superior vocals and natural-hair realness while on tour with her husband, Jay Z. Thankfully, she has <a href="https://www.instagram.com/nealfarinah/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Neal Farinah" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Neal Farinah</a> to thank for keeping her tresses at their best. <strong>Pro tip: To minimize heat damage and still achieve standout texture, braid lengths of hair at night and undo in the morning for loose waves. </strong>(Photo: Larry Busacca/PW18/Getty Images for Parkwood Entertainment) </p>
Beyoncé’s “On the Run Tour 2” braids

Queen Bey is serving superior vocals and natural-hair realness while on tour with her husband, Jay Z. Thankfully, she has Neal Farinah to thank for keeping her tresses at their best. Pro tip: To minimize heat damage and still achieve standout texture, braid lengths of hair at night and undo in the morning for loose waves. (Photo: Larry Busacca/PW18/Getty Images for Parkwood Entertainment)

<p>The 18-year-old attended the premiere of <em>BlacKkKlansman</em> in Beverly Hills, Calif., sporting beautiful Bantu knots that accentuated her winged eyeliner and barely-there foundation. <strong>Pro tip: Use <a href="https://www.walmart.com/ip/Goody-Ouchless-Elastics-75-count/10319772" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Goody Ouchless Elastics" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Goody Ouchless Elastics</a> in clear to keep topknots in place. </strong>(Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Yara Shahidi’s Bantu knots

The 18-year-old attended the premiere of BlacKkKlansman in Beverly Hills, Calif., sporting beautiful Bantu knots that accentuated her winged eyeliner and barely-there foundation. Pro tip: Use Goody Ouchless Elastics in clear to keep topknots in place. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Rowland also made a stunning appearance at the <em>BlacKkKlansman</em> Beverly Hills premiere. The singer’s curls fell beautifully onto her shoulders. <strong>Pro tip: Keep frizz at bay with a lightweight hair oil like <a href="https://www.sephora.com/product/hair-oil-P406922" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:this product by Ouai" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">this product by Ouai</a>.</strong> (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Kelly Rowland’s bouncy ringlets

Rowland also made a stunning appearance at the BlacKkKlansman Beverly Hills premiere. The singer’s curls fell beautifully onto her shoulders. Pro tip: Keep frizz at bay with a lightweight hair oil like this product by Ouai. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Celebrity hairstylist <a href="https://www.instagram.com/lovingyourhair/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Felicia Leatherwood" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Felicia Leatherwood</a> always has Rae looking right! And this highly-textured updo is yet another example of how versatile natural hair is. <strong>Pro tip: <a href="https://www.target.com/p/maui-moisture-heal-hydrate-shea-butter-conditioner-for-dry-damaged-hair-13oz/-/A-51069295" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Conditioner for Dry Damaged Hair" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Conditioner for Dry Damaged Hair</a> is a must-have for maintaining soft curls.</strong> (Photo: Mike Smith/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) </p>
Issa Rae’s side-swept wash ’n’ go

Celebrity hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood always has Rae looking right! And this highly-textured updo is yet another example of how versatile natural hair is. Pro tip: Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Conditioner for Dry Damaged Hair is a must-have for maintaining soft curls. (Photo: Mike Smith/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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