Super Natural: Afrobella on Her Fave Diana Ross Hair Moments

I remember the moment like it was yesterday, because it made such a deep impression on me. My family was gathered in the living room to watch the televised version of Diana Ross in Central Park, a concert for the ages that changed so many things for me. I can pinpoint it to the day – July 21, 1983. That was the day that Diana Ross sang her heart out before thousands, and her hair was a catalyst for change in my heart. The morning after seeing Diana’s Central Park special, I came sashaying down the stairs with a towel on my head. She made me want to have big, wild, highly textured hair. She made me realize coils and curls and frizz could in fact be beautiful and desirable. My love for big, natural hair began that day.

Diana Ross hasn’t only been a beauty icon for me, she’s inspired generations throughout her career. Let’s take a look at her influence, decade by decade.

Afrobella Aug, 06, 2014

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Back when Diana Ross became known to the world, she was the lead singer of the Supremes and she rocked a straight, short gamine pixie kind of cut that became the style to have. My mom and my aunties copied that style back in the day, nothing said sixties more than a Diana Ross-inspired ‘do!

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Diana Ross may be singlehandedly responsible for the sales of more afro wigs than any other person alive. When she rocked her 70’s fro, it was large, in charge, glorious and glamorous.

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I’ve already gone on and on about Central Park 1983, but in this era Diana changed her style and experimented with her music. Her hair was a resplendent mane of eighties excess – more volume, more curls, more, more, more!

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By the 90’s, Diana Ross was still producing new music – in fact, Nile Rodgers produced her album Working Overtime (which was released in 1989). Working Overtime was in heavy rotation on BET back in those days and I loved her hair – long and loose, edgy and dramatic, the kind of hair you’d recognize even in silhouette.

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I was lucky enough to see Diana Ross live at the Chicago Theatre this year and let me tell you, she puts on a SHOW. More costume changes than you can count and her hair is as beautiful and big as ever. Never change, Diana!

Afrobella was the natural hair blogger at AOL’s Black Voices and a writer for Vogue Italia’s Vogue Black website. She has also presented keynotes at several major media expos and seminars.


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