Black hair icons have long set the standard of style, and while the mane masters of today have a lot to live up to, they’re definitely holding their own. Yes, we still revel in Lena Horne’s super-soft curls and widen our eyes when we see Tina Turner’s wild wigs of yesteryear — but we also adore Esperanza’s kinky-curly ‘do and Rihanna’s ever-changing tresses.

As we celebrate Black History Month, join us in paying homage to some of the most influential hair icons of the past, plus the women making their mark today.