Wakanda Forever: How Hair and Makeup Tell a Story in The New Black Panther


Black Panther is nothing short of groundbreaking, with its main hero role personified by the late actor Chadwick Boseman. Now, four years after the original was released, a new champion arises to protect and defend Wakanda in the latest installment, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

With a cast comprised mainly of people of color, including actors Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’oLetitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Dominique Thorne, Winston Duke, and Michaela Coel, the Black Panther franchise aims to celebrate the multi-faceted nature of Black and Brown beauty through its wide range of hair and makeup styling. Celebrity hairstylist Camille Friend and makeup artist to the stars Joel Harlow helmed the beauty looks seen in the new film, which were largely based on a combination of Mayan and African cultures.

Ahead of its highly anticipated release, Friend and Harlow share an inside scoop on how their creative vision for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever came to life, their short list of on-set holy-grail products, and the most challenging part about executing these otherworldly hair and makeup designs.