Solange Knowles has created a lane all her own, paved with an eccentric-urban flair for fashion and a musical style that can’t be duplicated. Like any other celeb, the “Cranes In The Sky” singer has encountered plenty of challenges while living in the public eye, but most of us would regard the younger Knowles sister as one of our favorite stylistas in the game!
Knowles, however, hasn’t become a maven of melanin just for her style. Most of us have also watched her natural hair journey grow and glow over the years. Solange started her career wearing mostly extensions and weaves, before deciding to debut her own tresses. The Texas native transitioned from her big chop, and made it over the hill to a full ‘fro of curly happiness, all while we took some styling notes for our own tresses.
2016 was a year of accomplishments for the mother of one as she debuted her highly regarded album, A Seat At The Table, and celebrated all of her black roots with a cover that glorified her crown. The “Don’t Touch My Hair” singer reminded her fans that hair is at its best with a little decoration!
Check out these 7 times Solange made us smile in 2016 with a hair glow up never stops shining.
Solange’s New Year Look
Solange’s intentions may have been to showcase her glitterific eyeshadow, but there’s no doubt her hair is also the star of the show. Sporting a cute, layered twist out, the grunge of her hair balances out her super delicate makeup in this January 2016 photo.
Mardi Gras Never Looked So Fun
Solange had way too much fun at this year’s Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. She happily shook her stretched curls for the camera, while giving us some Tina Turner outfit realness!
2016 MET Gala
Solange definitely slayed on the red carpet at this year’s Met Gala. She took her layered bob look to the next level with a little style and curl. Nice!
Solo’s Saturday Night Live Debut
What hairstyle could be more glowed up than one that took 40 hours to do? That’s right; the hair halo that Solange wore on SNL, took 40 hours to braid and bead. According to sources, the stylist used 100 feet of hair and 2,000 Swarovski crystals.
“Don’t Touch My Hair”
“Don’t Touch My Hair” had a lot more to do with Solange’s life experiences, but the visual that accompanied the song spoke volumes to the beauty of natural hair. Solange served cameras a history lesson with beads that adorned her strands from root to tip, reminiscent of African hair braiding styles, past and present.
Vogue Fashion Fund Awards
Solange killed with her interpretation of using a hair clip, as she matched her neon-silver paint suit with silver contour clips. Sleek and chic!
A Seat At The Table Album Cover
If the album cover itself doesn’t give you a tingle of Black girl realness sprinkled with a humorous reminder of setting in the salon chair for hours, I don’t know what does. Solange’s neo-soul transcends onto the cover as if she shows off her crown and glory, decorated with colored hairpins.
During an interview with music news website Stereogum, Solo alluded to her album cover inspiration saying, “ The idea of having to fully understand where you come from…I set out to create a body of work that reflected that. I had a strong yearning for that. And obviously, a huge part of that is my identity as a black woman.”