Kerry Washington stuns with her bare-faced selfies and gorgeous natural curls

Washington's hairstylist Vernon Francois reveals how to make the most of your natural hair texture.

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 17: Kerry Washington of "Little Fires Everywhere" speaks during the Hulu segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 17, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
(Image credit: Amy Sussman/ Getty Images)

Fans were treated to a surprise when Kerry Washington's natural curls took front and centre in a recent Instagram post.

The 44-year-old actress, who normally wears her hair straightened, is currently directing episodes of Insecure - the hilarious comedy created by and starring Issa Rae- but took time out from her schedule to curate her own photoshoot.

Sharing her relaxed vibe with her 6.3 million followers, the Little Fires Everywhere star carried off the no make-up look to perfection. As well as causing a stir with her naturally glowing skin, Washington's selfies also highlighted perfectly coiled curls that knocked years off.

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“In between directing @insecurehbo...directed my own photo shoot,” Washington captioned the image collection, before going on to credit @toryburch for her “supes cute and comfy director ‘fit’”.

Fans loved the latest look — which included a chic WFH tracksuit from Tory Burch — with comments including 'ageing in reverse' and Queer Eye star Tan France adding: 'And as stunning as ever.'

Keeping your natural hair healthy starts in the shower, says Washington's hairstylist Vernon Francois

"Sodium laurel sulphate (SLS), the most common ingredient in regular shapoos, is both a salt and detergent," he explains. "This means it's too harsh for most curls as it strips away natural oils." Try the Vernon Francois Pure-Fro Shampoo for a gentler option as it additionally contains melon oil to soften and smooth curls.

Francois also warns against using harsh styling products as the twists in Afro hair are its weakest point and where it's most likely to snap off. Briogeo's Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Creme both holds a curl but also doubles up as a leave-in conditioner.

Fiona Embleton is a beauty writer who is now Acting Beauty Editor at Stylist. She is obsessed with Isabel Marant and cats.