Natural Hair Then and Now

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

(Source: Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair )
Zewiditu Ruffin, Model/Actress/Designer/Poet/Student

This latest 'Naturalution' isn't the first time that women have embraced their natural hair and there were also many mavericks who wore their hair natural even when it wasn't popular, and you know what, we loved them for it. Natural Hair has always featured somewhere over the last few decades but most of us were too afraid of public perception to wear our hair out, so I wanted to share some pics of Afros from before the Naturalution. Let's rewind the clock to the first time the afro was cool.

Pam Greir

I love Pam Grier, She is just one of those few black faces that I remember growing up and of course the gorgeous Marsha Hunt. The 'fro is back and looks like at least for now it is going no where!

70s
Marsha Hunt
Marsha Hunt(Source: themanesource.com)

Diana Ross
Diana Ross (Source: thesavvysistah.com) 
Pam Greir
Pam Greir (Source: slate.com)
80s
Grace Jones (Source: tribe.net)

90s
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill 
Jada Pinkett-Smith
Jada Pinkett-Smith (Source: iwritealot.com)

00s

Rhianna Kenny
Rihanna Kenny - Leeds born R & B singer in the 00s


10s Some pics from our fashion world today:

Solange
Solange Knowles 
(Source: i.peerezhilton.com and vissasstudios.com)

Corinne Bailey Rae
Corrine Bailey Rae (Source: thehairstyler.com)

Zewiditu Ruffin
(Source: nymag.com)
Zewiditu Ruffin, Model/Actress/Designer/Poet/Student
This last picture I love the most! It is from 'Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair ' a book by Michael July . In the book he has documented men and women with Afros, each photograph with a personal anecdote from the subject about their hair. It is a 450-page tribute to natural hair and the afro


Enjoy!

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity
Leilu

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