'Grown-ish': Zoey Johnson's 8 Best Hairstyles — And How to Do Them Yourself

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Freeform’s Grown-ish has the absolute best natural hairstyles on TV (aside from Insecure, that is).

Sky and Jazz Forster tend to rock their signature locs but Zoey Johnson likes to switch up her hair, with a new hairstyle every week.

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Zoey has worn some truly incredible natural hairstyles from cornrows to braided ponytails to hair puffs.

And the woman behind it all? Hair genius Tinisha Meeks.

Tinisha’s resume is stacked, having previously worked on both Black-ish and Scandal. She loves putting together creative looks for Yara Shahidi and told Nylon,

“I tried to go according to character, so, for Yara, she’s very trendy and is supposed to be really fashion-forward, so I tried to keep her looks more innovative.”

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Tinisha on set with Yara

According to Tinisha, Yara isn’t a fan of straightening her hair or using heat tools so the hairstylist tries to keep the looks as natural as possible.

And although a lot of the hairstyles look complex, Tinisha insists that she designed each look to be easy to recreate in 45 minutes or less. She said,

“The easiest so far is the two braided look with one down the middle (season 1, episode 6). I’ve seen a lot of people recreate that one.”

When styling Yara’s hair as Zoey, Tinisha loves to use SheaMoisture products. She explained,

“Always keep your hair moisturized, always keep your hair conditioned, and make sure you tie it up at night. If you do those things, you won’t have as much breakage and your hair will love you back.”

Below, we’ve compiled Zoey’s best hair looks from the best few seasons, how to recreate them, and exactly what products to use.

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1. Romantic Double Braids

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Product used: SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie


2. Two Braid Baddie

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Product used: SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Leave-In Treatment


3. Double Puffs

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Product used: SheaMoisture Silicone Free Miracle Styler Leave-In Treatment


4. Laced Buns

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Product used: SheaMoisture Extra-Moisture Detangler


5. Epic Braid Look

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6. Braided Ponytail

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Product used: SheaMoisture Strengthen & Restore Styling Lotion


7. Decorative Ponytail

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8. Va-Va-Volume Ponytail

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Products used: SheaMoisture Silicone Free Miracle Styler Leave-In Treatment



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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.