On March 1, Lupita Nyong’o had the pleasure of celebrating her 39th birthday. That day, the Pisces actor posted an Instagram carousel of her smiling and twirling on the beach in a floral two-piece set. But she didn’t give her nine million and counting followers a view of the official birthday outfit, makeup, and hair until the next day. And those couple of hours were worth the wait because, to celebrate her big day, she showed out with an intricate, twisted fauxhawk hairstyle.
Nyong’o shared a video and three photos of the new look. In the video, she twirls her hips back and forth in a short cerulean dress from Sergio Hudson, but you can’t get a good look at the updo until the fourth slide. Hairstylist Zenda Walker twisted sections of Nyong’o’s short hair — which seems to be styled into sister locs at the moment — into rolls that sit up high on her head, leaving the slides completely flat to form the fauxhawk style. These rolls aren’t too tightly wound, giving the look some volume and texture. The rolls almost resemble a big pouf style. The back of this ornate hairstyle isn’t fully visible, but on slide three you can see a peek of what seems to be a much tighter and smaller roll.