Chaka Khan's Best Big Hair Moments

Over the course of Chaka Khan's storied career—from her funkdafied days with Rufus and Chaka Khan to her solo career as a pop/soul legend—she's gone through many professional changes, but one thing has remained the same: Her gloriously bountiful shock of wild woman hair! Here, we take a look back at Chaka's most iconic mane moments since her earliest days an aspiring funk songstress.

ESSENCE.COM Mar, 23, 2016

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In one of her early portrait sessions, Khan pulled her full natural hair back on the sides for a half up half down look.

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In an early promotional shot, Chaka Khan flaunts her flirty side by adding girly ribbons to her fluffy, shoulder-length afro.

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Chaka hits the stage with Rufus in full super-sexy mode—low-slung leather pants, a feather halter and an enormous afro.

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In a 1975 performance, Chaka Khan rocks a sexy boho look in long, bouncy waves and a skinny, feathered headband.

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During an appearance on the UK’s video show, Music Box, Chaka Khan sasses up her long, bodacious bushy ’do by pinning it up on the sides.

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At a Grammys ceremony in the mid-Eighties, Chaka Khan turned heads with her over-the-top, fire engine red crimped hairdo.

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By 1994, Chaka Khan had deepened her haircolor to a glossy, dark maroon shade. We love the tousled bangs and long, thick waves!

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Chaka Khan showed up to the 2006 Women’s World Awards flaunting masses of rippling, plum-streaked ringlets.

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At Elton John’s 2010 Academy Awards Viewing Party, Chaka Khan hit the red carpet looking hotter than ever in a super-curly, shoulder-length do.

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Chaka Khan attended the 32nd Edition Of An Evening Of Stars in 2010 wearing her signature burgundy curls swept over one shoulder.

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Khan arrived at the 40th Annual Fifi Awards showing off her newly slim figure and her bold, vivid waves.

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At the Hollywood Bowl opening night event, Khan rocked a wet-n-wavy look in her trademark crimson hue.

Check out more of Chaka’s fierce hairstyles during her live appearance at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival! Get your tickets now!

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Chaka has spanned four decades of powerful singing and gorgeous natural hair.

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Red locs paired with red lips—a win for days!


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