If you're planning to go natural or thinking about switching up your 'do, your style and personality preferences can help determine which mane moves might be right for you. Whether you're a daring risk-taker or a boho beauty, check out these natural hair personalities and start planning your next style now.
Vibrant Vintage Vixen
In recent years, Solange Knowles has completely stepped out of her famous sister’s shadow and become a style star to be reckoned with. After shaving off her hair in 2010, she now experiments with kinky-curly weaves or wears her own mini afro. In addition to the bold natural hair, she loves bright makeup and vivid clothing, too. If you’re a free-spirit like Solange, try picking out your natural curls or styling a full, fierce wig.
Kelis has long been adventurous with her natural hair ever since her Kalidescope debut when she boldly rocked bright, multi-colored curls. If you’re willing to experiment with vivid hair hues, too, take your cues from Kelis and try a cinnamon-colored cropped cut.
Viola Davis is a newcomer to the natural hair block and recently admitted wearing her natural hair makes her feel “powerful.” Davis stepped out on the red carpet of the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood event and the Academy Awards wearing her short crop with elegance and grace. Whether you’re a fixture on your city’s VIP circuit or want to unleash your inner power, too, be inspired by Davis’s newly natural freedom that she flaunts with class and confidence.
Creative Free Spirit
Esperanza Spalding is one of the most talented musicians of our time. Only 28 years old, the jazz-bassist and singer has recorded four solo albums, taught music all over the world and has won a Grammy Award. If you can relate to Spalding’s awe-inspiring creativity and out-of-the-box outlook on life, then be bold and try a wow-worthy look. An oversized afro, down-your-back braids or tumble of kinky ringlets could be calling your name.
Janelle Monaé has made her punk, edgy style with a touch of glam her signature look. She never leaves home without her trademark pompadour, long lashes and black and white attire, which has made her look predictable, yet exciting, too. If you’re not afraid to rock the unexpected with a girly-girl twist, Janelle’s updo could be the perfect look for you.
Down to Earth Sista
JIll Scott is one of those celebrities who we imagine has a heart of gold mixed with homegirl soul. Her music makes you wanna dance or call over your best buds for a girls' night out. If you’re the type that gets along with everyone and knows every neighbor on the entire block, check out Scott’s braided updo for natural hair inspiration.
Center of Attention
Tanika Ray has interviewed some of the most high-profile stars in her career as a journalist and TV host but manages to never loose her cool. If you are bubbly and outgoing, too, a free-flowing wash-n-go in a rich crimson or chocolate brown color may be the perfect fit for you.
Signature Style Star
Ledisi has been rocking her trademark crimson updo for several years now, and no matter how many times she wears it, we love it more and more. If you prefer fuss-free styles that are timeless yet fresh, experiment with locs, twists, or braids. These styles can be achieved with extensions, so feel free to play around with bold pops of color.
Funny Girl Fabulous
Tracee Ellis Ross has had us laughing out loud more than a decade and has been one of our all-time favorite natural hair crushes. If you find yourself causing crowds to crack up, too, go for full bouncy curls like Ross’s. Whether naturally curly or in a shiny roller set, Ross’s hair is just as big as her personality.
Sexy Chameleon Chic
Jada Pinkett Smith is 41 years young and has come alive in expressing her style in an ever-changing yet fabulous way. She always keeps us guessing what hairstyle she’ll wear next and finds a way to make average styles, like these box braids, into something sexy and chic. If you’re a chameleon of style with sex appeal, too, be inspired by Pinkett Smith’s various natural styles over the years.