There’s no time like the present for a little hair inspiration… because, well, who doesn’t get bored with the same old hair style every once in a while? 

It happens. And sometimes, you just need a little inspiration to pull you out of your hair funk.

That’s why we rounded up the top black and curly hair influencers on Instagram and TikTok.

These social media influencers are sure to inspire, educate, and give you the confidence (and a few helpful tutorials) you need to try something new.

15 Black and Curly Hair Influencers on Instagram and TikTok

Instagram Hair Influencers

Nikki Nelms (@nikkinelms)

One of the most creative Black hair artists out there today, Nikki Nelms is the brains behind some of the best and most innovative hair styles worn by the biggest names in Hollywood: Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Zoë Kravitz, Doja Cat, Kendrick Lamar, Yara Shahidi, Janelle Monáe, and Jurnee Smollett – just to name a few. 

In fact, Vogue dubbed her “The Celebrity Hairstylist Who’s Changing the Black Hair Conversation.”

Christin Brown (@curlfactor)

Christin Brown co-owns LunaBella Makeup & Hair Salon in Santa Barbara, CA. Her specialty? Curly hair! Getting her start in the wedding industry, she’s now an artistic creator at Kenra Professional, an Olaplex ambassador, and an editorial advisor for Beauty Launchpad

Did we mention she’s also a One Shot Hair Award winner for natural texture? Absolutely a big deal. 

Yene Damtew (@yenedamtew)

From styling hair out of her parent’s garage to working as the hair stylist for the Obama family, Yene Damtew has done just about all you can do in the hair industry – and she’s not done yet. 

She currently runs Aesthetics Salon in D.C. and works as a “healthy hair advocate and beauty industry educator”, connecting with everyday beauty business owners and changing the narrative around the salon experience.

Jewellianna Palencia (@jewejewebee)

With over 500K subscribers on YouTube, Jewellianna is a young Black creative here to educate and inspire. She’s full of tips for long natural curls and is always sharing advice about the hair and beauty industry. 

One thing is certain when watching her videos or scrolling through her Instagram: she’s all about building up the natural hair community.

Kimberly Cherrell (@kimberlycherrell)

Known in the hair industry as the “curl queen”, Kimberly Cherrell is a popular Black creator who posts tutorials to educate and inspire women and men with natural and curly hair types. 

Check out her social media accounts for tips on everything from moisturizing to a weekly shampooing schedule. She’s worth a follow for her gorgeous travel pics alone. (You might even catch a dancing routine or two!)

Kia Marie (@thenotoriouskia)

One of the biggest content creators out there right now for twist-out and natural hairstyles, Kia Marie has built an online community of Black women who want to live their best lives — and look good doing it.

Her goal?

“…to inspire women to live life unapologetically by finding comfort in their uniqueness.”

Chizi Duru (@chiziduru)

Have a laugh with Chizi and learn a thing or two about hair braiding and natural styling.

With tutorials focused on 4C curls, she teaches you how to manage and care for your natural curls.

Cipriana Quann (@ciprianaquann)

Looking for the secret to maintaining natural hair? Cipriana Quann has the pro salon tips you need! 

As a former contributing writer at Vogue and a TEDxTalk speaker, Cirpriana is a Black creator who is taking the internet by storm. She was even featured on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Nederland to talk about the power of sisterhood.

Follow her for solid natural hair routines, go-to products to live by, and a much-needed dose of activism.

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Hair Influencers on TikTok

Scarlett Rocourt (@wondercurlceo)

Scarlett Rocourt has her own secrets to managing curly hair, and she’s sharing a ton of them on TikTok

In addition to passing along the best advice out there for curly hair maintenance, she’s also the founder and CEO of Wonder Curl — the leading Black-owned, vegan, and eco-friendly hair-care line for all natural and curly hair textures.


#duet with @etalkctv #DojaCat Doja cat shaved her head! I love it. What do you think?

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Scarlett shares her opinion on superstar rapper Doja Cat shaving her head.

Andrea Reed (@andreawiththecurls)

Andrea Reed’s TikTok name says it all. She’s here to amplify the beauty of Black hair and teach others to embrace their natural hair. She offers product reviews and tutorials on blowouts, boho and knotless braids, twist outs, and more. 

With videos on TikTok and YouTube, Andrea is sure to inspire and help anyone feel comfortable in their hair journey.


#ad One of my favorite styles is this braid/twistout! I used @TWIST for amazing results! Available at Walmart for under $10 #getmoist #twistpartner

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Andrea teams up with Twist to show off one of her fave hair styles.

Alexia Croffet (@lexibabiee)

With over 50K followers on TikTok, Alexia is one of TikTok’s most impressive Black creators. She’s the go-to online hair pro for so many folks with natural hair. Covering everything from dry hair to detangling and supporting small Black-owned businesses, Alexia’s videos are lively and fun, and hey, you’ll learn a thing or two, too!

Alexia shows off styling with go-to textured hair conditioner Blue Magic.

Mell Guido (@manesbymell)

Hair styling is Mell Guido’s passion, and so is helping you manage your own curly hair. Mell shares tutorial videos and pro tips with the goal to help everyone to appreciate and maintain their own natural hair. If you have questions about curly hair, Mell’s your gal!


Replying to @natalieurena61 ask and you shall receive! THE WET LOOK (that lasts all day) on #curlyhair . #hairstyle #wetlook #hairtutorial #manesbymell

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Mell shares a hair tutorial for wet curls that will last all day, even in the humidity.

Lenn (@iamlenn7)

Lenn’s content started gaining traction when she posted a video about how to get type 4 hair into claw clips, which became a populear trend on TikTok.

Look to Len for washday routines and simple styling techniques for folks with type 4 hair.


Finally got my claw clip technique down. #type4hair #type4naturalhair

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