Though the natural hair revolution is clearly in full swing, present day naturalistas are far from the first to embrace their natural kinks and curls. Here a look back at our hair history.
The Queen of Soul rocked an afro in the 70s, a notable departure from the bouffants she wore the decade prior.
This Big Bird Cage and Foxy Brown star is the consumate 70s beauty icon.
As a star on “East Side/West Side” in the mid-60’s, Oscar-nominated actress Cicely Tyson was the first Black woman to wear cornrows on TV!
Even in the 1970s, a decade known for its aesthetic excess, Jones' androgynous look—highlighted by her cropped cut—ruffled feathers.
Political activist Angela Davis popularized larger-than-life hair when she proudly rocked her afro in the ’60s. Her iconic ’fro inspired Black women everywhere to ditch their hair straighteners and go natural, sparking a revolution in Black beauty and style.
On her first solo tour of Britain, Diana Ross rocked a head full of voluminous kinks — a real departure from the structured Supremes bouffants of the ’60s.
Makeba, who popularized African music globally, wore a short afro throughout her life.
The Peaches and Herb singer rocked beaded braids in this 1978 photo.
Simpson looks lovely (and in love) wearing micro braids in this picture from the 1970s.
With her micro-braids, multi-colored beads and hair accessory flourishes like chopsticks and feathers, “Forget Me Nots” singer Patrice Rushen was one of the top tress trendsetters in the early ’80’s.
Best known for her role on "Good Times," Rolle's petite fro with its teeny gray patch became a signature look.
In the late ‘60s, few afros were as powerfully majestic as Marsha Hunt’s. The singer, actress and model lit up the stage in skintight buckskin pants, belly-baring halters and that awe-inspiring cloud of hair.
On her first album cover, a young Whitney rocked a slicked back natural hair.
Before there was the signature wild hair of the 80s, Patti wore a simple fro, as in this 1974 portrait.