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.
We don’t know what’s more impressive — Esperanza Spalding’s amazing Grammy-winning music… or her perfectly shaped, lustrous afro! “It certainly makes me ‘identifiable’ when I show up with my Afro, but, to me, that’s the most obvious way to wear my hair,” Spalding said in an interview with CurlyNikki. “I think of myself as an artist, as a musician, and I’m happy that my hair is just one more way that I can express myself.”