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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Hair Interview

The Symbolism Behind the Hairstyles in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Hair Interview
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The long-awaited sequel to Marvel's "Black Panther" finally hit theaters on Nov. 11. "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" tells the story of the women in the nation, specifically Queen Ramonda (played by Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), and Okoye (Danai Gurira), and the great lengths they'll go to in order to protect Wakanda. This movie picks up with the loss of King T'Challa, following the death of Chadwick Boseman, which heavily influenced not just the plot of the movie but the hairstyles as well.

"Everybody is in mourning of T'Challa's death," Camille Friend, the film's hair department head and an ambassador for Prose, tells POPSUGAR. "They lost their king — that's where really it started from." But life must go on, and the sequel lays out that next chapter.

"This movie is about the women," Friend says. "It's about the mothers, it's about the daughters, and it's about the connection women have, how we support each other in the community." Hair is one of the deep cultural connectors between women, especially within the Black community, so it only makes sense that the styles featured in the film are rich with meaning.

Ahead, Friend shares more about the symbolism behind the hairstyles we see in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" — from why Queen Ramonda's and Shuri's hair are much shorter this go-around to how the color of Nakia's hair visually tells the story — as well as the go-to hair products the team went through most on set. Keep reading for more.

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