Lupita Nyong’o by Vernon Francois for Matrix

Lupita Nyong’o by Vernon Francois for Matrix  



Last night at the 96th Annual Oscars, actress and presenter Lupita Nyong’o shined on the red carpet this evening with a hairstyle that celebrated her natural beauty, while showcasing her coils and texture, created by her longtime stylist, Vernon François using Matrix.  

INSPIRATION: “The overall look of this hairstyle is inspired by Lupita’s natural beauty. I wanted to create something that had a lot of shine and texture. I meticulously followed a series of steps to enhance her natural coils and ensure that her look remained flawless throughout the high-profile event.” 


  1. First, I applied Matrix A Curl Can Deam Light Hold Gel to define and enhance her natural texture, providing a beautiful base for the style. 
  2. Next, I applied a small amount of Matrix Controller Gel around the hairline. This step was crucial to keep every strand in place and maintain a sleek look, while ensuring Lupita’s hair remained impeccable under the spotlight.  
  3. To achieve the perfect balance between flexibility and structure, I used Matrix’s Fixer Hairspray to provide a flexible hold that would allow for movement without losing shape.  
  4. For areas requiring extra hold, I applied Matrix’s Vavoom Extra Hold Freezing Hairspray to ensure that every element of the hairstyle stayed in place, providing long-lasting hold without compromising on the overall shine and vitality of the hair. 


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