TBH, we think Keke Palmer should host everything: the Oscars, the Grammys, the Met Gala and everything in between. The multi-hyphenate is so charismatic and talented that she makes it look effortless, and if more hosting gigs means more beauty inspo, all the better.
Palmer recently hosted the Soul Train Awards in Los Angeles, and though she changed up her style several times throughout the ceremony, the waist-length curls she wore to perform her song “Ungorgeous” may just be our favorite look of the night, which is really saying something given she also rocked a slicked-down, middle-parted ponytail and voluminous honey-blonde bombshell curls, not to mention the many pre-show promo looks. (More curl inspo right this way.)
To perform the heartfelt ballad, Palmer slipped into a white lace minidress and a matching sheer duster. Her hair was swept back from her face and worn loose, the curls flowing all the way down her back and over one shoulder as she sang. Hairstylist Keshaun Williamson, who also goes by Lace Assassin and frequently works with Palmer, used Bold Hold Lace America Liquid Gold and Lace Gelly on the install and bundles from D Hair Boutique to bring Palmer’s look to life for her spotlight moment.
“For the show, we wanted to do a few different changes since she was hosting and changing outfits,” Williamson told Allure. “The outfits each had a different vibe, so we chose hairstyles that fit the vibe of each look.” For the performance portion, Williamson wanted something that would work well with the elements given it was outdoors. “We were dealing with wind, so I decided to have the hair out of her face so it wouldn’t be a problem.” He used a crimping iron to create a uniform wave that would “be harder to separate and blow everywhere.”
An equally romantic, dramatic winged smoky eye, fluttery lash and lined lip courtesy makeup artist Kenya Alexis provided the perfect finishing touch. Later in the evening, Palmer transformed the curls into an afterparty-ready half-up style and celebrated with T-Pain.