How Vernon François Went From Braiding Mops To Styling Hollywood’s Black Elite
Becoming Hair Besties With Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita and I have worked together since she was doing press for
12 Years A Slave. I met her and was like ‘gosh, your hair is amazing.’ I started shooting ideas off the top of my head for what I wanted to do with her strands. At the time her hair was much shorter and she looked at me like I was crazy. But half an hour later, I ended up doing something magical with her and we’ve been inseparable ever since. She tried to keep me with her for as much as possible, and would always call me when she was in Europe. Once I moved to California everything just flowed and we’ve been able to create great work together. Word traveled and I began to get calls from people like Solange and Amandla who also wanted to work with me.”