Mane Crush: The Next Generation Of Hair Goddesses

Beauty & Style | Camille Travis | 05/20/2015 | 03:30 PM EDT

Young Black Hollywood has the hair game on lock

When it comes to the discussion of modern-day hair inspirations, there seems to be a recurring list of celebrities that are always brought to the conversation.

Solange. Tracee Ellis Ross. Janelle Monáe. Lupita Nyong'o. Teyonah Parris. Ledisi. Esperanza Spalding, and so forth.


But what about the up-and-coming brown beauties who are also serving in the hair department?'s complied a short list of young stars who've caught our attention with their gorgeous manes. Curls, cuts, twists, color-- we love it all.

Black girls, you (and your hair) most definitely rock.


The eldest sibling on ABC's hit series "Black-ish" has a personality all her own and the hair to match. Yara compliments her TV mom, Tracee Ellis Ross, with a head full of perfectly defined curls that are every naturalista's dream. And she gets it from her mama, model/actress Keri Shahidi, who also rocks her natural hair and has been teaching Yara to love her curls since birth.

(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)



This cutie rocks rough and stuff with her afro puffs as the sassy Judy Cooper on Disney Channel's "K.C. Undercover." From time to time, she lets her hair down to reveal her adorable curly 'fro, as pictured above at an event back in April. Add a pretty pink flower and Trinitee is good to go.

(Photo: Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Milk + Bookies)



Don't blink, or you might miss Zendaya's next look. The 18-year-old actress/singer is known for switching up her hair for every day of the week. One moment it's long and wavy, the next it's a short pixie wig. And let us not forget her faux locs at this year's Academy Awards that had everyone talking (and a certain "Fashion Police" host hating). She keeps switching it up and we keep loving it.

(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)



From her hair to her fashion to her personality, Willow Smith is fearless. And we're here for it. She solidified herself as a hair goddess with her 2010 smash hit "Whip My Hair" and has been stunting ever since. At just 14 years old, Smith isn't afraid to experiment with color, cuts, wigs and length, and she has the confidence to pull off every look.

(Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)



This chick has one awesome head of hair. The "Jessie" actress rocks her curls in an assortment of styles that include braids, twists, buns and rolls. In a time when natural hair is still having difficulties with breaking into the entertainment industry, it's refreshing to see a young black girl come through with untouched tresses.

(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)



When you're walking red carpets as an Academy Award-nominated actress, you have to make sure your hair is on point. And Ms. Wallis does just that. Her signature look is a head full of spiral curls, but she's been known to switch things up with straighter styles and updos.

(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)



Hair goddess, indeed. Amandla keeps things fresh and young with blowouts, top knots, fun ponytails, loose curls and straightened styles. And she also puts on for her fellow Black girls who set the hair trends that are so heavily imitated. Her four-minute video, "Don't Cash Crop My Cornrows," went viral earlier this year, pointing out the ever-present issue of cultural appropriation.

(Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CDG)

(Photos from left: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards, Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

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