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Hair Icons That Changed The Industry


In celebration of Black History Month we thought we'd take it back and look at some of the women who came before us, paved the way and set some of the iconic hair trends we are inspired by today.

The 1900's - Madame CJ Walker

In 1905, 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.



The 1920's - Josephine Baker

Legendary entertainer Josephine Baker’s flapper-chic spit curls set the Black hair standard during the Roaring Twenties.



The 1960's - The Supremes

As the iconic 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.


The 1980's - Grace Jones

Model and actress Grace Jones sports her trademark flat-top fade, which she displayed on the cover of her first non-disco album, 1980’s “Warm Leatherette.”



The late 1980's - Salt n Pepa

In the late Eighties, legendary rappers Salt and Pepa (plus their deejay, Spinderella), kick-started the asymmetric hairstyle trend with their short-on-one-side, long-on-the-other styles.



The 1990's - Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson’s “Poetic Justice”-era braids were one of the decade’s most enduring trends.


The 200O's - Beyonce/Sasha Fierce

Beyonce’s leonine, amber-streaked, bigger-than-life locks gave whole new meaning to the phrase “diva hair.” A slew of R&B starlets tried to copy her look, but alas — there’s only one Sasha Fierce.



The late 2000's - Solange Knowles

In 2009, Solange officially cast aside her weaves and wigs to rock this instantly trendsetting, closely cropped natural and inspired tons of women to also do the “Big Chop.”


The mid 2000's - Nicki Minaj

In 2011, no one’s hair captured the world’s attention like Nicki Minaj. With her rainbow-hued wigs and Crayola-drenched makeup, the rap star is all about colour, colour and more colour!


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