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Natural Hair Pride

Written by Angela Fields

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Posted on October 17 2020

I’m so proud to rock my natural curls! When I walk out of the house in the morning, fully embracing the woman I was born to be, I get to be a part of something bigger than myself.

It was a motivator for building CurlyCoilyTresses®️. I wanted to empower more women to embrace their curls and have the right tools to keep their hair healthy, soft, and gorgeous.

But it wasn’t always this way. For years, African-American women had to hide their curls or face ridicule and backlash. For decades, natural hair was a deterrent to success in the workplace and a big contributor to social stigma. Haircare businesses didn’t cater to African-American women, so we didn’t have the products and services we needed to properly care for our curly coifs.

Today, I want to say a big thank you to the trailblazers who forged a path, rocking natural hairstyles in the face of strong adversity - slowly building a community of supportive, empowered women and laying the foundation for the wide acceptance of natural styles today.

From Chaka Khan to Beyonce -- here are some of the women we love for helping pave the way for the “Natural Wave".

Chaka Khan

This natural hair legend has been wearing her curls loose since the 1970s. The Queen of the ‘fro", Chaka Khan, has been an inspiration to countless women over the ages.

Grace Jones

Grace Jones

You can’t talk about natural hair without mentioning Grace Jones. Her role as the first African-American “Bond Girl” cemented her status as a natural hair icon.

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

How is she over 60? Whether she’s wearing her curls loose or rocking dreadlocks (like she did in Black Panther) she always does the natural hair movement proud.

Brandy

Brandi

The OG 90s singer has been rocking natural styles since long before they were popular.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

The Blackish star is known as much for her beautiful hair as she is for her impeccable comic timing.

Beyonce

Beyonce

Though she’s not known for her natural curls, she’s been letting them loose more and more often. We hope she keeps it up because she looks beautiful!

Oprah

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah has had a roller coaster ride with her hair, but she settled on the natural look in 2012. She says wearing her hair natural lets her feel “unencumbered.” Here’s a recap of her looks over the years.

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Though dreadlocks have been a big part of African-American culture for centuries, they were widely stigmatized until Whoopi Goldberg helped make them more “mainstream” in the 1980s.

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