How ‘Black Panther’ Got Its Gorgeous Afrocentric Hair

“There was not a pressing comb or relaxer on set.” And the styling works in the real world, too.

In “Black Panther,” the audience first gets to know King T’Challa’s mother, Ramonda, played by Angela Bassett, when her hair is covered in a series of headdresses, the height and stateliness of which are befitting to a queen mother. After the film’s climax, in a moment of both existential and emotional vulnerability, the queen’s hair emerges. It is downy, white and in dreadlocks. Taupe and brow...