What's not to love about big hair? It's fun, it's fierce, and it's wildly over-the-top, a fact that Tom Ford capitalized on when he recently enlisted Beyonce--and her gi-normous, blonde curls--to walk in his private fashion show! We've been so obsessed with her voluminous 'do, that we decided a "big hair" timeline was in order. From Diahann Carroll to Mariah, here are our favorite supersized styles of all time.
1965, Big Tease
Motown chanteuse Mary Wells always wore the most intricate, teased-and-sprayed wig styles.
1970, Beautiful Bouffant
What’s not to love about big hair? It’s fun, it’s fierce, and it’s wildly over-the-top, a fact that Tom Ford capitalized on when he recently enlisted Beyonce—and her gi-normous, blonde curls—to walk in his private fashion show! We’ve been so obsessed with her voluminous ’do, that we decided a “big hair” timeline was in order. From Diahann Carroll (left, on “The Tom Jones” show) to Mariah, here are our favorite supersized styles of all time.
1972, Fab Fro
In the Seventies, Pam Grier made a name for herself not only for her iconic roles in blaxploitation flicks like Foxxy Brown, but also for her super-big, sexy afro.
1973, Diva 'Do
On her first solo tour of Britain, Diana Ross rocked a head full of voluminous ringlets—a real departure from the structured Supremes bouffants of the Sixties.
1976, LemmeRockYa Chaka Khan
Chaka hits the stage with Rufus rocking an enormous, fluffy ’fro.
1984, Glamorous Life
In 1984, singer and legendary percussionist Sheila E. sported a much-copied mane of teased-and-sprayed curls.
1985, Private Dancer
In the mid-Eighties, Tina Turner’s crimped, teased platinum wig was almost as iconic as her mile-long legs and raspy rocker girl voice!
1986, Wings of Glory
Patti Labelle was known for her over-the-top wigs and hair pieces in the 80’s. Here, her real hair around the hairline is blended in with a spiked, wing-like wig.
1987, Wild at Heart
In Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” video, she flaunted a massive tumble of amber-hued spirals.
1988, Big Deal
For her breakout “Control” album, Janet Jackson sported a waterfall of huge, flowing waves and back-combed bangs—an Eighties hair spectacular!
1989, Black Beauties
In 1989, Revlon ran a groundbreaking ad featuring the top Black supermodels of the time: Beverly Johnson, Louise Vyent and Iman, all rocking lavender bodysuits and an endless amount of chestnut curls.
1990, Fresh Face
When she first stepped on the modeling scene, up-and-comer Tyra Banks sported masses of adorable honey-blonde ringlets.
1998, Just Like Honey
At the 1998 ESSENCE Awards, Mariah Carey rocked the red carpet in a honey-highlighted, super-curly coif. Very lioness-chic.
1999, Red Riot
Iman hit an Interview party sporting a cherry red wig overflowing with face-framing, high-volume spirals.
2006, Hot Halle
At the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Halle Berry traded in her signature pixie cut for massive, waist-length ringlets.
2010, Updo You
Jada Pinkett-Smith paired a halo of teased curls with a sleek cornrow for a textured, ultra-glam look.
2010, Curly Girlie
At Scott Barnes’ book release party, all eyes were on Kelly Rowland and her huge, Chaka Khan-esque tresses.
2010, Going Platinum
At a private party for Tom Ford’s new collection, Beyonce hit the runway sporting huge, platinum blonde spirals.
2011, Rockin' Ringlets
At a pre-Grammy bash in Manhattan, Rihanna sported a wig that was virtually exploding with wild woman ringlets. Love!
2011, The Big Time
At the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Nicki Minaj went over-the-top (even for her) in these platinum, poodle perm ponytails. We love her audacity!