Recap Hairstyles Issa Rae Wore on HBO Insecure Hella Perspective

The Season 2 finale of HBO Insecure kept us on our toes, in terms of the plot and Issa's numerous and complex hairstyles. The title theme from the episode was different perspectives of the same story—  30 days in the life told through Molly, Issa, and Lawrence's eyes, respectively.  Issa's hair is a metaphor of this constant shifting, as different camera angles capture her multi-faceted 'dos. As Issa walks down the street of now "I-wood" or up the stairs toward her old apartment The Dunes, out the door of Molly's temporary housing, or toward the door of (spoiler alert!) Daniel, new elements of her hairstyles are constantly revealed. Ah look, there's flat-twists up the back, or an unexpected chignon in the back, or she turns her head sharply to reveal that (surprise!) the cornrows have Princess Leah buns at her nape.  When you see the hairstyle from a different angle, the story is completely different. All of this motion leads to the ultimate 360 degree portrait of where Issa is headed next. Here are some of our favorite looks from the episode below. We can't wait for Season Three! 

Hair worlds collide in the cold open: Cornrows encroaching on a faux-hawk as Issa ponders gentrification in her community. 

Hair worlds collide in the cold open: Cornrows encroaching on a faux-hawk as Issa ponders gentrification in her community. 

Cornrows and Princess Leah buns. 

Cornrows and Princess Leah buns. 

From the front it's a top knot. From the side it's a faux hawk of knots.  

From the front it's a top knot. From the side it's a faux hawk of knots.  

Surprise! It's a French twist. 

Surprise! It's a French twist. 

Twisted-out locks peak underneath a head-wrap; from the back it's a faux-hawk. 

Twisted-out locks peak underneath a head-wrap; from the back it's a faux-hawk. 

Pregnant with a Pompadour in the fantasy flash-forward montage. 

Pregnant with a Pompadour in the fantasy flash-forward montage. 

Close up of the final flat-twist look, before the big reveal of to whose house Issa is moving. 

Close up of the final flat-twist look, before the big reveal of to whose house Issa is moving. 

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How is it possible it's the second-to-last episode of Season 2 already?! Last night Issa did not disappoint with a new slate of creative and fashion-forward hairstyles. In the cold open we get a glimpse of Issa's natural 'fro (typically her curly styles are twist-outs) as she debriefs Molly on the unfortunate incident with Daniel. 

Issa Rae Natural Afro on HBO Insecure Hello Disrespectful

Look two is a gorgeous twist on a flat-twist, worn during Issa's mea culpa with work friend Frieda. This look appears to start on stretched (aka softly blown-dry) hair. From the front and sides it's an elegant flat twist halo, but when she tilts her head (surprise!), there's a fun zig-zag part adding a touch of playfulness. 

Flat Twists Zig Zag Part Issa Rae Wore on HBO Insecure Hella Disrespectful

Look three is a slightly mussed-up version of Look 2. It's the end of the same day (maybe?) and Issa has found out Lawrence will also be attending the birthday dinner party—and that he blocked her on Facebook. As she raps to herself in the mirror, she's wearing similar split flat twist, though this time there's a bit of intentional frizz, and the zig-zag part is gone —suggesting there's nothing playful about this moment. 

Flat twists Issa Rae Wore on HBO Insecure Hella Disrespectful

Her next hairstyle projects confidence and edge, when she confronts the Vice Principal on his apparent exclusion of Latino students from the We Got Y'all programming. Here, her natural curls are teased and pinned into a faux hawk, while the sections on the side are pulled back with a pretty flat-twisted detail. 

Faux Hawk with Braided details Issa Rae Wore on HBO Insecure Hella Disrespectful

Look 5 is the true pièce de résistance of the episode and our personal fave: A striking natural updo, worn at the birthday party dinner party where she'll see Lawrence. Her hair appears to be prepped with a twist-out, then her coils are slicked back into four stacked sections in the faux-hawk style. It projects, 'I'm glamorous and unique, but for real, I'm not trying too hard.' As they say, gorgeous hair is the best revenge.

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Just one more episode left! What are your favorite looks from the season? 

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Recap: Hairstyles Issa Rae Wore on HBO Insecure Hella Blow

On last night's episode Issa rocked five separate hairstyles, not including the cute opening scene wearing her head scarf. The constant hair changes mirrored her jumping from guy to guy, or as Issa put it more colorfully to Molly, her "ho-tation."

In the opening scene, when Issa makes a restless late night call to neighbor Eddie, she's wearing a split halo flat-twist hairdo. The look is parted on one side and angled back like a diamond to join at the nape. In the mirror, Issa notes that her "Edges [are] right."

Flat twist halo Issa Rae wore in HBO Insecure Episode 6 Hella Blow

The next day she finds herself at the car mechanic, frustrated by the length of time and money it's going to take to repair her car. The look here is a perky puff — her wash-and-go decorated with a trendy black headband. 

Wash and Go Puff Issa Rae Wore on HBO Insecure Hella Blow

The next look is our favorite of the episode, and is featured in her scene with Nico. She's invited him over before their dinner date with the intent to seduce him (and skip the dinner). Her hairstyle here is a retro pompadour / pouf with flat-twists up the back — a look that at once both hyper-feminine and rebellious. 

Pompadour pouf Issa Rae Wore in HBO Insecure Episode 6 Hella Blow

Look 4, she's back with her girls at the "Sexplosion" event. The hairstyle is a sassy mohawk. Along the sides, hair is parted in four sections and linked with twists. 

Mohawk Issa Rae Wore in HBO Insecure Hella Blow

The final look of the episode is another flat-twist variation for her rendezvous with Daniel. The look is flat-twists up the back, into a pineapple with cascading curls top.

Flat twist into Pineapple Issa Rae wore on HBO Insecure

What was your favorite look from last night's episode? Let us know in the comments! 

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Recap: Hairstyles Issa Rae Wore on HBO Insecure Hella Shook

Recap: Hairstyles Issa Rae Wore on HBO Insecure Hella Shook

This week Issa continued in her attempt to build a roster of friends-with-benefits, and wears three distinct hairstyles for her dates and a work retreat. The episode began with a scene arriving at Daniel's house, wearing a similar tribal mohawk that she wore during all of last week's episode.