More and more women are embracing their natural hair texture. The visibility of afros is on the up with initiatives like Project Embrace, devoted to breaking down boundaries and changing perceptions “one curl at a time.” Their aim? To give afro hair the exposure it deserves.
In the public eye, high profile black women are using their platforms to celebrate their natural hair. Lupita Nyong’o made history when she became the first black African woman to win an Oscar – her pretty afro decorated with a simple gold band. Solange has embraced experimenting, dying her ‘fro an icy blonde hue and Tracee Ellis Ross regularly rocks her glorious natural texture. She even created her own haircare line, Pattern, that’s dedicated to curly and coily hair types.
Looking for inspo on how to style your afro? We have it all here. We’ve delved into the archives to curate the best celebrity afro hair inspiration, hairstyles and colourways. From the 60s to now, here’s our round-up of the most iconic afro hairstyles.
Tracee Ellis Ross
The Look: The queen of curls is so passionate about her natural hair that she’s launched her own haircare line. Yaaaas, girl.
The Look: Ebonee walked the runway during the TOMMYNOW New York Fall 2019 fashion show at The Apollo Theater and looked unreal
The Look: Yara’s curls are defined and full of bounce, with a statement side-parting created using a braid. Her dark hair pops even more in contrast with her orange shirt. Love!
The Look: We love how Clara rocks her afro to the side. Gives it a bit of an edge, don’t you think?
The Look: We love the highlights that run through Fleur’s afro. Summer perfection.
The Look: Lupita opts for a gorgeous, more structured afro, with two side partings for some sectioned-sass.
The Look: Want to make a statement? Go neon red like Fleur.
The Look: Voluminous and gorgeous, this is the statement afro we can’t get enough of.
The Look: Solange shows us how to rock a shorter style.