Black Hair History Part II by Ndidi Abili


Who doesn't love a perfectly picked, moisturized, fluffed out, afro puff?! The afro was not necessarily a trend but more of another type of rebellion against society. You could see it on most African American woman during the late 1960's early 1970's on everyone from your favorite civil rights activist like the Angela Davis to famous entertainers like Chaka Khan. Straight hair was not the only hair type to have and it was starting to be a proven point then.


All kinds of braids, box braids, micro braids, crochet braids and even cornrows! Even I, (although being just a mere 1994 baby, bear with me) remember getting braids frequently as a protective hairstyle when I would go see my father for summer vacations. You could see them as early as the 70's seen on the "Forget Me Nots" singer Patrice Rushen to Janet Jackson in 1993 screen film Poetic Justice and even Alicia Keys as she made her rise in 2001.

Resurgence of the Afro

In the early 2000's you would also see a variation of entertainers such as Erykah Badu, Macy Gray. Angie Stone and Jill Scott sport afros while performing and while on red carpets.

Weave Takeover

Next, diving right into the 2000's going into the 2010's, weaves! Weaves, extensions, clips in, tracks, bundles, they've all been around forever but did not make such an enormous rise until then. Nowadays you can see women dawning all kinds of lengthy deep waves, body waves and from countries not too far from here such as Brazil or Malaysia. Some common weave wearing celebrities is Beyonce, Rihanna and even rapper Azealia Banks.

Natural Hair Explosion

Now last but not least in the everlasting journey of African American hair, the natural hair movement. There are many women who have been natural all their lives but a lot of us didn't see that as an option until later down the line in our lives when we wanted something different with our hair. Some choose the big chop and some are patient and choose to transition. With natural hair, you have so many options. The movement didn't truly kick in to high gear until around 2008, and since then a lot of African American women have chosen to go all natural. Natural hair proves a point, that yes a woman's hair is her crown but the crown is not always long and straight its even big and curly. To me, being natural means versatility, uniqueness and most of all, it takes self-love.

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