14 Black Hair Icons Who Set Major Tress Trends
It’s no coincidence that the first African-American woman to become a millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker, made her fortune in haircare. I mean, black womanhood and hair are deeply intertwined. There are so many actresses, singers, models and rappers whose tresses are as groundbreaking as their talents. Whether we’re rocking natural hair, stunting in wigs or cutting it all off, we can’t help but set major trends that will have the world running to the salon. Here are 14 black women who will go down in history as true hair icons.
1. Rihanna: Bad Gal Riri is a hair chameleon. There isn’t a color, style, length or curl pattern that this good girl gone bad hasn’t tried — or that hasn’t been copied by the masses. We lost our minds when she shaved her head, sprinted to our stylists when she wore oxblood curls and did a double take when she went blonde. What will she do next? (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)
2. Diana Ross: Diana Ross has a big voice to go with even bigger hair. It’s almost as if the phrase “big hair don’t care” was created because of her. She’s inspired generations of women, including her own daughter Tracee Ellis Ross, to love their hair as big as it is. (Photo via Stringer/Getty)
3. Billie Holliday: The legendary Billie Holiday is unforgettable not only for her iconic voice, but also for her show-stopping style. Miss Lady Day upgraded the hair accessory game courtesy of her trademark flower and sleek low bun. Her presence can be seen all over our Instagram feeds, as a delicately tucked flower in the hair is now a natural hair rite of passage. (Photo via Hulton Archive/Getty)
4. Janelle Monae: When you think of Janelle Monae, two things come to mind: her black and white style palette and epic hair that seems to defy gravity. Her statement-making pompadour is only rivaled by the James Brown throwback dance moves that have become her signature. (Photo via Kevork Djansezian/Getty)
5. Solange Knowles: Solange Knowles has long graduated from just being Beyonce’s little sister, especially when it comes to her unmistakable style. The other Ms. Knowles has been showing the fashion set that natural hair looks are not only versatile, but also have a home on the red carpet. Bonus points awarded for her homage to Diana Ross. (Photo via Mike Coppola/Getty)
6. Naomi Campbell: Hair can make or break a model. Twiggy, Grace Coddington and Linda Evangelista know this all too well. And Miss Naomi Campbell? Her long, flowing hair is as iconic as that runway strut. (Photo via Gareth Cattermole/Getty)
7. Alicia Keys: Ms. Keys came onto the scene and set herself apart with expert songwriting, awe-inspiring piano skills and cover girl-worthy looks, but it was her hair that really caught people’s attention. Alicia’s braided hairstyles, including beaded ends, cornrows and high ponytails, were the perfect mix of vintage looks with fresh, contemporary vibes. (Photo via Vince Bucci/Getty)
8. Grace Jones: Grace Jones is fierce with a capital F thanks to her uncompromising take on pop music and fashion. Simply put, she’s a trailblazer who paved the road for artists like Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Grace lives outside the box, and it shows with her personal style — including her iconic high-top fade. Grace is the definition of slayage. (Photo via Francois Durand/Getty)
9. Lupita Nyong’o: Who can forget Lupita’s Cinderella moment at the 2014 Academy Awards? When the starlet wore a powder blue dress complete with crown and tightly coiled locks, she instantly took her place as a true tastemaker. Lupita came on the scene with her TWA (that’s teeny weeny afro) styled 100 ways, and we can’t wait to see what she rocks next. (Photo via Frederick M. Brown/Getty)
10. Cicely Tyson: Cicely Tyson is a hair daredevil. During her 91 years on Earth, she’s rocked everything from intricate braids, fully beaded hair, tightly styled curls and elaborate headwraps. And, while Billie Holiday may be known for her love of flora, it was Cicely who pushed it to the max with a full-blown bouquet. (Photo via Frederick M. Brown/Getty)
11. Shingai Shoniwa: The London songbird’s first name means “be bold, courageous or strong,” and that’s the perfect way to describe everything about Shingai Shoniwa’s look — including her hair. Whether it’s a kinky pompadour or this remix on Princess Leia’s double braided buns, Shingai isn’t afraid to take it there. (Photo via Anthony Harvey/Getty)
12. Halle Berry: Halle Berry’s pixie cut is the hairstyle that launched a thousand copycats. Women of all hair hues and textures turned to Halle’s short style as their ultimate inspo. Years later, the look is still iconic. (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty)
13. Nina Simone: Ms. Nina Simone was all about self-love, and she taught many black women to adore themselves through example. With a closely cropped ‘fro and a variety of hair accessories, Nina showed generations of women how to celebrate their natural look and bring out their rebel spirit. (Photo via Ian Showell/Getty)
14. Lil’ Kim: Kylie thinks she’s the queen of wigs, but Lil’ Kim is the real reigning monarch. The other Queen Bee is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to her hair and fashion. From vibrant colors to close crops and in-your-face accessories, there’s nothing “lil'” about Kim’s impact on celebrity hair. (Photo via Brenda Chase/Getty)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)