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The Story Behind the Stunning Array of Hair Looks in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Faith Cummings

November 21, 2022

After four long years, the vibrant and beautiful world of Wakanda is back on our screens and in our hearts with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Much of the crew and cast are back as well, including director Ryan Coogler, costume designer Ruth Carter, and Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, along with newcomers including Michaela Coel as Aneka and Tenoch Huerta as Namor. Hair department head Camille Friend also returns, delivering hair looks more intricate and meaningful than ever.

“After doing the first Black Panther movie, [I knew] what was in store for me,” says Friend, who, with the help of her team, crafted upwards of 300 wigs for the project. “It all started with breaking down the script. Then, I asked myself what our big moments would be and who our major characters were. I have a lot of people who work with me—mostly women—and we determined the look of each tribe and went from there, creating looks within those societies.” Here, Friend takes Vogue on a deep dive into all the Wakanda Forever hair moments.

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