Seriously, my favorite fashion of the Oscars was Halle Berry’s hair, especially after reading this article from InStyle.
I’m a total curl addict, and her mane was so perfect, the golden highlights and chocolate low lights accenting the precise coils. It was so impeccable that I was sure it was a wig! But that’s because I’m an ignorant white girl.
The In Style piece, uses the word “fro,” and I thought, “Oh! Of coarse! (pun intended) Halle Barry is black!”
I used to try French braiding black hair when I played post on the high school basketball team, and I remember the difference in texture and sculpt-ability. I would curse at poor Mandisa’s hair, trying desperately to smooth and contain it, while it laughed in my face, snapping hairbands effortlessly, and doing what it damn well pleased.
I loved Barry’s hairstyle so hard because, in my world aesthetic, it managed to be, and do, all the things a perfect Up-Do should be and should do: Balance the figure, enhance the face, communicate with the fashion, entice the observer to want to touch it, move (or not) appropriately, smell good (if at all possible), and last but never least, FEEL AMAZING. The last quality is key because we’ve seen (or even been) that person trying out a new style who just can’t stop messing with their hair – no, No!
Barry didn’t just glow last night, she was a fireball of gorgeous burning across the red carpet, and I’m giving her hair stylist props for being a big part of that. As a team, they took the time to play, and work with her natural attributes. Credit to her for going big and bold and embodying so much beauty.