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How Lupita Nyong'o Created Her Red Carpet 'Afro Clouds'

There were plenty of stunning red carpet moments during Sunday Night's Critic's Choice Awards, from Saoirse Ronan in Erdem to Charlize Theron in Celine. But leave it to Lupita Nyong'o, who won the Critics' Choice Award for her incredible performance in Us, to outshine everyone with a brand new beauty look.

Dubbed by hairstylist Vernon Francois as "Afro Clouds," the actress' look was crafted by tying up her natural hair in a neat updo resembling a string of small cloud formations. Surprisingly, creating the style is not as tough as it looks. After multiple requests from dotting fans, Francois gave the complete breakdown on Instagram.

Created in collaboration with Matrix, the stylist used many products from the TotalResults collection, including the Miracle Creator Multi Tasking Hair Treatment in order to "lock in moisture."

For a flexible "strong-hold," Francois used the Total Results High Amplify Hairspray. "It's all day humidity resistant and provides great root lift — a must-have for maintaining hair's body through the day and night," he explained on Instagram. "Easily shampoos out, leaving no build up with is important for kinky hair types."

That was topped off with the Length Goals Extensions Perfector Multi-Benefit Styling Spray, which according to the stylist, "Helps to elongate while reducing detangling and styling time amazing for kinky, coily, curly hair extensions and wigs."

Nyong'o's look was finished with the Total Results High Amplify Proforma Hairspray to give the hair "a firm hold, texturizing finish with a little extra root hold."

In case you're planning on recreating the look, Francois had some advice. "Salon professional products are necessary when you have a red carpet," he wrote. "Total Results High Amplify Proforma Hairspray is also fast-drying that locks in styles and adds intense hair shine Up to 24-hour anti-humidity."

Photo via Instagram

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