OK, so we've been keeping a close watch  on Lupita Nyong'o since she first hit the red carpet last year, and we have a question: how does she keep coming up with new and inventive hairstyles? She only has about two inches of hair, yet every time Lupita attends a Hollywood event, magic happens. Her hair team deserves an award for creative genius. She's sported switched-up parts, a powdered widow's peak, and Afro puffs. At last night's Met Gala , she wore a purple french roll (who does that? Lupita, duh). Vote on your favorite hair moment below and get short-hair inspiration, too.
To the Left
It was a classic red lip paired with a modern 'do for the first-time nominee at the Hollywood Reporter party.
The French Roll (Oh, and It's Purple)
At the Met Gala, Lupita wore her hair in a french roll that was dyed purple! She embellished the updo with a Cartier  headband.
A Twisted Pompadour
This twisted pixie style from the MTV Movie Awards is one of our favorites from Lupita. She also sported an extradramatic smoky-eye look.
Lupita graces the cover of the May issue of Marie Claire, and she celebrated the accomplishment in this Elvis-esque pompadour style.
We couldn't help but be reminded of the guys from Kid 'n Play and the House Party movies when we saw Lupita's hair at the W magazine party ahead of the Golden Globes! Her gold and gunmetal eye shadows made her palette twice as nice.
We were blown away by this creative 'do: a middle-parted look with unexpected height (Minnie Mouse ears? Princess Leia buns?). So cool.
The Box Cut
In one of her first red carpet appearances this past May, Lupita was channeling Grace Jones with a sexy box haircut and glowing skin.
The Widow's Peak
Lupita wore a faux widow's peak on the Critics' Choice Awards red carpet that directed the attention to her silvery eye makeup.
Her best look yet was the 18-karat gold headband she wore on the Oscars red carpet. She looked like a grown-up princess when she accepted her award for best supporting actress.
For the GLAAD Awards, Lupita's hairstyle was something akin to cat ears (too cute)! She paired it with a bold green eyeliner and a bright orange lip.
The SAG Awards winner hit it out of the park with a taller-than-expected hairdo and turquoise ombré eyes that matched her Gucci  dress.
She went pretty in pastels with her makeup at the 12 Years a Slave press conference in Beverly Hills, CA, in October.
Deep Side Part
At the Golden Globes, Lupita rocked the red carpet in a stretched-out Afro and side part.
The Double Part
Not many actresses would dare to match their eye shadow to a verdant Dior couture gown, but Lupita rose to the challenge with rosy lips at the BAFTA Awards.