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Black Hair Doesn’t Get More Iconic Than This

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Emily Bowen
February 1, 2020
Home Trending From Prose Black Hair Doesn’t Get More Iconic Than This

The power that black hair holds is iconic in itself, but throughout history there have been some particularly notable styles that’ve shaped trends, movements and more. Take a walk through the past below.

1927 – Josephine Baker’s Flapper Pixie

 

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The stunning triple threat that is Josephine Baker becomes known for her slicked down “flapper style” pixie cut.

1950 – Nina Simone’s Afrocentric Hairstyles

 

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When the Civil Rights Movement began, Nina Simone found her voice and in doing so proudly wore her hair in strikingly beautiful Afrocentric styles.

1965 – Angela Davis’ Afro

 

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The afro became a powerful political symbol reflecting black pride following the Civil Rights Movement. Angela Davis’s fierce look matched her mighty politics. 

1977 – Donna Summers’ Voluminous Disco ‘Do

 

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Known to many as “The Queen of Disco,” Donna Summers turns off the volume with her voluminous roller-set curls.

1980 – Grace Jones’ Flat Top Fade

 

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Grace Jones’s flat top fade is as geometric and precise as her amazing bone structure.

1984 – Tina Turner’s Crimped Shag

 

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Tina Turner’s larger than life crimped shag, featured in her music video for What’s Love Got To Do With It, becomes a ’80s staple look.

1992 – Halle Berry’s Pixie

 

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Halle Berry’s cut was courtesy of Oprah’s hair stylist Andre Walker and became one of the most requested hair cuts of the ’90s.

2004 – Beyoncé’s Diva Blowout

 

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Houston, Texas baby. Everything is bigger in Texas and Beyoncé’s voluminous diva hair becomes her signature look for years to come.

2009 – Solange’s Natural Look

 

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Quite the opposite of her sister, Solange debuts her natural hair and in doing so empowers other women to feel comfortable in their big chop moment.

2011 – Nicki Minaj’s Colorful Wigs

 

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Nicki Minaj makes a splash with her colorful, otherworldly wigs.

2015 – Zendaya’s Faux Locs

 

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Zendaya rocks faux locs at an award show and is criticized for her look by E! host Giuliana Rancic, but her comments don’t make a dent in Zendaya’s strong armor.

2019 – Miss Universe’s Natural Hair

 

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Natural hair is finally given the visibility it deserves in beauty pageants as shown by 2019’s Miss Universe winner Zozibini Tunzi.

 

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Comments

  1. This is beautiful and you should continue to share and promote black hair. helping to shift the balance of images to reflect people of color is important to growing strong, young people who know they are valued simply because of who they are and that the way they look is normal…we need to change what we see online, on tv and in the movies. posts like this also help white people relearn what beauty is. thank you for doing this.

    1. Emily Post author

      Hi Leslie! Thank you so much for sharing. We agree that representation matters and are happy to do our part to expand visibility surrounding beauty standards! More to come 🙂

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