Exclusive: Empire’s Serayah McNeill Reveals Her Hair Secrets

If you haven’t watched Fox’s hit show Empire by now, we have just one question for you: Why? With a cast as easy on the eyes as they are on the ears (croon to us, Jamal), it’s practically required viewing if you’re into drama, slickly produced stuck-in-your head songs, and a strong female cast that also inspires some serious closet envy. One such character is Tiana Brown, resident hot young thing on the verge, played by Serayah McNeill. The 20-year-old actress-singer has acquired a devoted fan base for her portrayal of the diva in training, but also serves up plenty of beauty inspiration IRL—you probably spotted her at the MTV Music Awards this year in Taylor Swift’s #squad (she plays the vampy-lipped Dilemma in the record-breaking “Bad Blood” video) or with killer hair and makeup front row at Jeremy Scott’s or Rachel Zoe’s shows during fashion week. In other words, McNeill is just as worthy of beauty icon status as her character on Empire, and we’ll be watching the budding star closely as she rises to the top (and double-tapping all of her Instagram posts—girl’s got great selfie game).

We caught up with McNeill at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand reopening of Sephora on Powell Street and chatted all things beauty—more specifically, hair tips (her natural curls jaw-droppingly stunning), the secret to her perfect skin (it’s super old-school), and more. Keep scrolling to get to know Serayah McNeill!

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