Saturday, February 19, 2011

Black History Month: Top Black Hair Moments

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 Badu
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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