1867 - Frances Harper
While touring with the American Anti-Slavery Society, free Black
author Frances Harper wore cornrows instead of mimicking
white styles—a dramatic political statement at the time
1914 - Madame CJ Walker
Madame CJ Walker launched a revolutionary black haircare
line which included the “Wonderful Hair Grower” the first hair relaxer.
The straightener forever changed black hairstyling
1927 - Josephine Baker
Legendary entertainer Josephine Baker’s flapper-chic spit
curls set the black hair standard during the roaring twenties
1961 - The Supremes
Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard helped make
mile-high bouffant wigs the fancy hair choice of teens of all races, all over the world
1964 - Cicely Tyson
Oscar-nominated actress Cicely Tyson was the
first Black woman to wear cornrows on TV!
1975 - Chaka Khan
In the mid-Seventies, Chaka Kahn was known for
sporting the world’s most luscious,
gigantic, sensuously soft afro
1981 - Patrice Rushen
With her micro-braids, multi-colored beads and
hair accessory flourishes like chopsticks and feathers,
singer Patrice Rushen was one of the era’s
top tress trend-setters
Erykah showed up at the 2001 Grammys and made headlines
with her gorgeous shaved head and tribal-chic yellow makeup.
One of her most striking looks!
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