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Very few things surprise me during fashion month — positive or negative — but I can’t help the excitement I feel when I see #BlackGirlMagic or #BlackBoyJoy bounding down the international runway. After all, the fight for diversity across all categories (skin color, hair type, dress size, gender identity, and more) has proven to be a marathon, not a sprint.

Thankfully, spring 2018 has pushed us a lot further along by providing some much-needed diversity — especially with hair. Thank goodness that designers are actually using models of color with real, down-to-root curls for the raddest natural styles. (You know, instead of yarn dreadlock extensions.) In fact, this year’s runways are providing some major hair inspiration for the natural set, from tapered ends to micro twists, plus chic, cornrowed braids and a new color update for the always-popular Afro.

Translation: There are quite a few runway looks worth a screenshot and subsequent visit to your nearest stylist. Bookmark this page, or tag your closest friends with curls or coils, because the influence of top designers and stylists is here for the taking.


PHOTO: VICTOR VIRGILE/GAMMA-RAPHO/GETTY IMAGES.
Tapered Edges 
Marni is known for interesting, architectural designs, so it’s no shock that this tapered cut stole the show at the Milan show.

PHOTO: JOHN PARRA/GETTY IMAGES/TEXTUREMEDIA.
Serious Side Parts
NaturallyCurly’s Texture on the Runway show in New York highlighted rad natural styles — and had plenty of curly inspo to behold. We were particularly wooed by this angular Afro, which provides a modern — almost futuristic — take on the classic style.

PHOTO: MIREYA ACIERTO/GETTY IMAGES.
Auburn Afros
Most people tend to go darker for fall, but we love this beauty’s burnt brown curls from NYFW. Tip: Ask your colorist for a warm, almost auburn tint, then watch it come to life in bright sunlight.


PHOTO: ROSDIANA CIARAVOLO/GETTY IMAGES.
Straight Backs
Cornrows are cool in any size or shape — but you can never go wrong with a classic set of straight backs. Hiandra Martinez rocked hers all throughout NYFW, inspiring us to dial up our go-to braiders.

Longer-Than-Long Ponytails
Rapunzel, Rapunzel — let down your locs! Hairstylists at Trussardi opted for high, imperfect updos that made cheekbones pop.

PHOTO: VICTOR VIRGILE/GAMMA-RAPHO/GETTY IMAGES.
Teeny Tiny Twists
This micro style (also spotted at Marni in Milan) is probably a pain to take out — but man, is the finished product worth it. These twists are a great way to add interest to a fledgling Afro, or during the in-between stage after a haircut.
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