Who Me? Celebs Who Became Accidental Hair Icons
Tracee and her mom Diana. Beyonce as a blondie. YouTube beauty gurus with waist-length hair. These are some of the typical celebs that stir up hair envy in Black women. But there are a several style changes celebrities and Internet personalities made that weren’t intended to cause a flurry of copycats but immediately ushered these men and women into being accidental hair icons.
Lupita Nyong’o’s Lovely TWA
Red carpet after red carpet, Lupita continue’s to wow us with every creative style she wears with her TWA. Get her signature style by including dazzling and unexpected hair accessories to make your look more fancy.
Viola Davis’ Vibrant Hair Reveal
We’ll never forget when Viola showed and proved the sexiness of natural hair on the red carpet at the Oscar’s in 2012. It was not only her TWA, but her bold hair color that had us all swooning. Try your own version of her delightful cinnamon hue as all-over color or as highlights to create interesting color compliments.
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Bi-level Locs
Of course, Jean-Michel Basquiat is known (and rightfully so) for his mark in the art world. But he also became not only a creative icon, but a style and hair icon in the process. His unmistakeable hair style gets recreated by free-spirited hipsters on a daily basis and you can rock your own version of Basquait’s daring hairstyle by pinning sections of hair up toward the crown of the head. Spruce as needed.
Angela Davis’ Unapologetic Afro
Angela Davis shook things up after being filmed and photographed wearing her large, full afro. Her media impressions gave many women the courage to wear their natural hair. Still known today for this iconic look, the activist and professor has since said she prefers her legacy to not simply reference her as a fashion statement. If you want to get into Angela Davis’ style, you’ll want to first dig into her point of view through her writings and lectures.
India Arie’s Freeform ‘Fro
It’s been ten years since India Arie sang “I am not my hair.” The singer’s smart statements encouraged women and men to embrace the spirit underneath their beauty. India Arie has gone from locs to freefro-ing, to a fade, and many other styles. Recreate the softly defined style India Arie wears in the “I Am Not My Hair” music video by two-strand twisting large sections of dry hair and letting it set overnight.
Brandy’s Box Braids
No one rocks a consistent, signature look better than Brandy. Her medium-length box braids where always surrounded by perfectly laid baby hair. Get box braids of your own, or update the look with extra long twists.
Snoop’s Lion’s Mane
Trvia time: What do plaits, gum ball hair ties, cornrows and Shirley Temple curls have in common? Answer: They’re all hairstyles Snoop has effortlessly worn on stage. Unfortunately, there are plenty of thugs out there with terrible rabbit tails trying to achieve the look. Don’t be one of them. Instead go for a heat protectant when curling your hair to swing a healthy head of Shirley Temple Curls.
Solange’s Simple Chop
Solo became a natural hair icon soon after she debuted her adorable, post-chop TWA on “Oprah.” Since then, she’s been a fan of big hair in varying lengths as long as it has some funkiness. Take a look from Solange’s style book and stretch your hair to new heights by separating your twist-out for maximum volume.
Rihanna’s Rebellious Side
The saying goes: when woman changes her hair, she’s about to change her life. And that’s exactly what happened when Rihanna opted to shave the sides of her head. Since then, she’s inspired many hair moments, even giving her bedtime hair wrap some shine on the red carpet.
Kat Williams’ Pimp Chronicles
We’ve fully documented the rise and fall of Kat Williams’ silk press. But who knew we’d sing praises to the pint-sized pimp for his luxirous mane? Achieve this style by giving straightened hair a sassy, upturned flip. Then pray for more haters.