A week after breaking all kinds of box office records, Marvel鈥檚 Black Panther shows no signs of slowing down and the love for Wakanda is still going strong. It鈥檚 going to be a while before we stop talking about the epic levels of dopeness this movie has brought us 鈥 and this most certainly includes the statement-making hair and makeup choices for the film鈥檚 main ladies. Black Panther鈥榮 lead hairstylist, Camille Friend, shares some details about what went into crafting three of the movie鈥檚 most iconic hairstyles.

1. Nakia鈥檚 鈥淲akanda Knots鈥 is a wig. And a damn good one because she totally had us fooled. It was customized so meticulously that fans and actors thought it looked just like Lupita Nyong鈥檕鈥檚 natural hair. Don鈥檛 get it twisted (see what we did there?) 鈥 this isn鈥檛 just some tszujed-up version of a store-bought wig. First, a mold of Nyong鈥檕鈥檚 head was taken and then a wigmaker hand-wove textured hair pieces onto a base. With the help of what Friend refers to as 鈥淗D lace鈥 鈥 a high-grade, ultra-fine net for wigs 鈥 the hairline is virtually seamless.

2. These are not Bantu knots. Friend coined them 鈥淲akanda Knots.鈥 Traditional Bantus are more defined and conical, whereas these styles were made to almost look like little mushroom tops. After setting hair with a foaming pomade, Friend used the tip of a comb to puff out each twist.

3. Hair parts were intentionally blurred. When crafting a style for the big screen you don鈥檛 want to create too much of a distraction for viewers. 鈥淚 took the comb and blurred the lines of the parts. You can also take a dark brown eyeshadow and go over the parts so that they are not so obvious on camera,鈥 explains Friend.

4. Shuri鈥檚 royal braids took several tries to perfect. 鈥淩yan Coogler [Black Panther director and writer] said that he wanted us to be able to change her hair [style] all the time,鈥 says Friend. So after trying a number of different braided looks, Friend settled on versatile micro braids, which she could style as if they were individual hairs.

5. Upkeep was essential. Actress Letitia Wright, who played Shuri, had her braids refreshed every two weeks. 鈥淲e re-braided the front every two weeks since that鈥檚 where you see the wear and tear. The interior was redone every four to six weeks to maintain the look,鈥 Friend notes.

6. Arts and crafts accessorizing made all the difference. In addition to the intricate braid-on-braid styling of Wright鈥檚 hair, if you look closely you鈥檒l see that her braids were also accented using pieces of purple thread and leather that were sourced from a craft store.

7. Each of Ramonda鈥檚 platinum locs were hand-rolled. Angela Bassett鈥檚 wig was done in a two-step process. First, the wigmaker created the base and then another company hand-rolled and inserted about 110 locs into the base. 鈥淭his style required about four or five different hair colors that we blended together to make it look natural and authentic,鈥 Friend says.

8. IRL a platinum loc wig would cost about $15K. Even with all of the high-tech advances in hair slayage, the process of making a wig this custom is still very tedious and traditional. Each hair is tied into the base strand by strand. 鈥淎 custom-made wig like this would cost anywhere from $8K up to $15K, depending on the texture and color,鈥 Friend says.

9. Wig doubles were very important. 鈥淲e have what we call a hero wig,鈥 explains Friend, but since you never know what鈥檚 going to happen on set, there鈥檚 always a backup. 鈥淵ou don鈥檛 want to stop production because a wig has been ripped,鈥 Friend jokes. Duplicates are also made for stunt doubles. So basically we鈥檙e talking about $45K to make wigs just for one character. That鈥檚 a lot of vibranium.

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