We’re constantly checking the IG pages of our favourite celebrity hairstylists, whose feed is a wellspring of unlimited creativity, as well as a spot where we can gain exclusive backstage access to the hair and glam regimen of some of the world’s most revered brown beauty celebs. Here are some IG hairstyling titans we suggest you follow.
By Faith Adeyemo
1. Vernon Francois – @vernonfrancois
Vernon Francois is a celebrity hairstylist renowned for his personable content and tutorials on Instagram offering followers tips and tricks on how to style natural hair with styles such as braids, updos, cornrows, Afros and so much more. Vernon’s clientele ranges from Lupita Nyong’o, Solange Knowles, Serena Williams and Amandla Stenberg. His signature style is the sculptured updo, which aptly demonstrates the style and versatility of Afro hair, particularly 4c hair which is often invisible within mainstream media. Despite his glittering career as a celebrity stylist, Vernon has still carved out time to launch his own hair care range, a high-quality eponymous brand which includes a shampoo, shine spray, leave in conditioner and nourishing water.
2. Felicia Leatherwood – @lovingyourhair
Felicia Leatherwood is a celebrity natural hairstylist with over twenty years of experience. Known as the ‘hair whisperer’ due to her ability to make natural hair thrive, Felicia prides herself on first and foremost promoting healthy natural hair practices on all her clients whether celebrity or otherwise. Her client roster includes Issa Rae, Jill Scott and Anthony Anderson, and Felicia’s work has been featured across magazines such as Vogue, Essence and more. Never one to rest on her laurels, in addition to styling, Felicia has launched a detangle brush, which is hailed for its ability to make brushing natural hair easier.
3. Nikki Nelms – @nikkinelms
If you’ve swooned at one of Janelle Monae’s array of hairstyles worn in her recent promotional videos for her visual album Dirty Computer, you have Nikki Nelms to thank. The talented stylist is renowned among celeb circles for unique and out of the box out hairstyles. Nikki creates memorable looks by incorporating accessories such as wires, stickers, beads and jewels, within her creations, treating hair as not only functional, but artistic expressions. Her trademark styles vary from top knots to braids and buns. Clients include Monae, Solange, Kelly Rowland, Zoe Kravitz, Serena Williams and many more. Nikki is constantly changing the game by producing iconic looks and is a force to be reckoned with.
4. Susan Oludele- @AfricanCreature
Susan Oludele who goes by the moniker Hair by Susy is a hairstylist known for her unique styles typically incorporating braids, beads, colour and shells. Susan has a salon based in Brooklyn, New York, and her celebrity clients include Solange, Zoe Kravitz and Beyoncé. The super-creative stylist has a coffee book coming out this month entitled LADY: which aims to inspire, engage and empower women of African descent.
5. Kim Kimble – @kimkimblehaircare
Kim Kimble is one of the most popular celebrity stylists, known for her longstanding working relationship with the Queen Bey herself – Beyonce. Based in West Hollywood where she has a salon, Kim has also worked with Nicki Minaj, Kelly Rowland and Halle Berry. The star stylist is renowned for creating iconic wigs, and her signature style is big bouncy waves, and lots of length. One of Kim’s many accomplishments is creating her own hair care line aimed to promote healthy hair at affordable prices.
6. Michelle Sultan – @hairbymichellesultan
Michelle Sultan is a hairstylist based in London, whose celeb clientele includes Alesha Dixon, Jenifer Hudson, Maya Jama, Jordyn Woods and more. Her speciality includes extensions, dramatic high ponytails, colour and precious cuts. In 2010 Michelle won a British Hairdressing Award for Afro Hairdresser of the year alongside Kim Johnson of Hype coiffure London. Michelle’s page is a constant source of inspiration mixing exclusive celeb styles with cutting edge looks straight from the star stylist’s chair.
7. Lorraine Dublin – @lorraine_dublin
Lorraine Dublin’s hairstyling career began at the tender age of five. The London based stylist worked her way up under the tutelage of some of the industry’s foremost game-changers such as Desmond Murray, before opening her own salon My Hair Bar in 2015, of which she is a co-owner. Lorraine is also an in-demand celeb hairstylist tending to the tresses of public figures such as Serena Williams, Eve, Kelly Rowland and Lala Anthony. When asked what her speciality is, without hesitation she responded: ‘cuts and colour.’
8. Ursula Stephen – @ursulastephen
Ursula Stephen is a sought-after celebrity hairstylist from Brooklyn, New York where she owns and runs a self-titled salon. She has worked with the likes of Rihanna (famed for styling the icon’s pixie cut), Keyshia Cole, Keke Palmer, Zendaya, Ciara and many others. Follow Ursula’s page for exclusive red carpet clips, hair tutorials, photoshoot behind the scenes – and gain an explicit idea of the commitment, drive and hard work required to become a top celebrity stylist.