How To Recreate Danai Gurira's Golden Globes Black Hair Updo

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This Golden Globes Style Is The Perfect Updo Idea For Black Hair

09 January 2019
Danai Gurira Golden Globes updo
Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

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There’s one big question every woman must ask herself before she starts getting ready for a special night: Should you wear your hair down or in an updo? Updos have a pretty formal reputation, with many of us only planning to wear one on our wedding day.

However,the right updo can be perfect for any special occasion and there’s none more special than a red carpet appearance. Which is why it should come as no surprise that TV and movie star Danai Gurira opted to have her dark brown hair styled in an elegant updo when she hit the red carpet at the Golden Globes on January 6.

We believe everyone deserves to slay a red carpet-worth updo at least once in their life and we’re breaking down everything you need to know about this easy to recreate black hair updo. You’re going to want to have this in your roster for your next big event.



Gurira tapped Larry Sims, celebrity stylist and Biolage artist, to create her stunning textured updo that paired beautifully with her gorgeous red sequined gown. Gurira may not have gone home with an award, but her hair was easily one of the most memorable styles of the night. We spoke with Sims to get the scoop about exactly how to recreate this look.

If you have types six through eight hair, this updo is perfect for you. Continue reading if you want to recreate the look at home.



This style is best achieved on freshly washed, damp hair. We recommend cleansing with the Biolage 3 Butter Control System Shampoo. When used with the Biolage 3 Butter Control System Conditioner, the system locks in nourishment to help control frizz and enhance manageability. If you don’t have time to wash and condition your hair, you can dampen your hair with a spray bottle of water followed by a hot towel to help your locks feel softer.

Apply a quarter-size amount of Biolage 3 Butter Control System Day Cream throughout your hair to lock in nourishment, provide long-lasting frizz control and help resist humidity. Next, spray Biolage Styling Thermal Active Spray on your locks to help protect your strands against heat styling before blow drying your hair. Sims recommends blow drying your hair with a brush to help maximize your length. Because the goal is to stretch your hair and not to make it look sleek and smooth, be sure to brush gently and keep the heat on your blow dryer low.



Apply Biolage Styling Texture Sap to the edges of your hair and use a bristle brush to slick the sides of your hair up. Secure your slicked strands with several bobby pins. Now that the sides of your updo are sleek, spray Biolage R.A.W. Texturizing Styling Spray throughout your loose hair to create separation and definition for touchable texture.

Brush the hair from the front of your head back and away from your face, leaving a little bit of height at the crown. Working with 2-inch sections, twist the hair at the back of your head and secure each twist with a bobby pin. When you’re finished twisting your hair, apply three drops of the Biolage SmoothProof Serum to the hair at the crown of your head. Lastly, set your look with Biolage Styling Freeze Fix Hairspray.

If you want to copy some of Gurira’s Hollywood glamour, add a sparkly brooch to the side of your ‘do.

Interested in a glamorous updo of your own? Use our salon locator to find a salon near you.

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