In recent years, natural hair has seen a surge in popularity among kinky-haired women wanting to ditch the creamy crack in exchange for chemical-free curls. While we're loving the newfound fame of natural hair, the truth is Black women have been rocking natural 'dos for decades. Some of the most iconic curls, kinks and waves were seen on stunning songstresses such as Diana Ross, Chaka Khan and Patti LaBelle way before the advent of natural hair gurus on YouTube.
These are some of the stars whose fierce, fearless and fabulous natural hair has left a lasting impression on Black hair history.
With the box-braid trend still going strong in the ‘90s, Brandy hit the scene as a smiley-faced teen. It didn’t take long for her signature braids to become the style every teenage girl coveted. Here, the 16-year-old star smiles from the front row of Ebony magazine’s Celebrate the Dream event.