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Hair Inspiration: 13 Black Women Who Slay the Hair Game

Tracee Ellis Ross

One of the things I love about being a Black woman is my hair. It’s become my trademark over the years. I remember in high school, my friends would make weekly requests on what style I should do for the following week. Once I graduated from college, I began experimenting more with my hair and took me back to high school. At some point the styles became redundant and blah; doing the same ol, same ol to your hair gets boring…QUICK. With social media I can easily go on an app and scroll through my feed for any kind of hair inspiration I’m looking for.

Black women hair inspiration is everywhere because we are each other’s inspiration. It’s not uncommon for someone for me to be out running errands or walking the mall and getting a compliment on my hair. Even on social media I love seeing the comments from each other. It brings a joyful feeling inside. We really are each others cheerleaders! When you’re bored with your hair and need some inspo, look at these women and their hair slayage.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee is my ultimate hair idol. I get all my curly hairstyle inspiration from her. Also, her character Bow on Blackish is my fave TV character and I’m always marveling at her hairstyles.

Photo courtesy of InStyle

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

She’s like that super cool cousin that’s super athletic and silly…with great hair of course. Whether it’s curly, straight, or in a wig, there’s constant slayage. It makes sense why she’d have her own haircare line named Flawless.

Photo courtesy of Healthline

Viola Davis

Viola Davis

I love when she wears her natural hair on the red carpet, shattering any kind of beauty standards placed on Black women. Her curls and coils stay poppin and she makes it look so easy.

Photo courtesy of Allure Magazine

 

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

Kelly’s hair journey has been going on for decades. Who didn’t want to cut their hair short and add a couple red extensions in it like hers? Every style she’s ever had left us wanting more and to see what she’d come up with next.

Photo courtesy of Mane Addicts

Issa Rae

Issa Rae

Issa keeps slaying with every style she has. Famed natural hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood maintains all of Issa’s twisted updos, curly fro, and textured buns. Yes to all the texture!

Photo courtesy of The Source

Amber Rose

Amber Rose

I don’t know anyone else who looks this bomb with a buzz cut like Amber. It stands out amongst the long hair and it’s her trademark. She may switch things up with wigs or color but she’ll always come back to her buzz.

Photo courtesy of Popsugar

Rihanna

Rihanna

How many threats is Bad Gal Riri? She slays this entire thing called life.

Photo courtesy of Allure Magazine 

SolangeSolange

*plays Don’t Touch My Hair in the background* Solange has no issue switching her style up. She’s a trendsetter and she knows it. Everything looks great on her.

Photo courtesy of Popsugar

Tia Mowry-Hardrict

Tia Mowry

Tia looks like she’s always having fun with her hair. I can’t imagine what her hair collection looks like. It’s clear her hair is part of a creative expression.

Photo courtesy of Hype Hair 

Zendaya Zendaya

Another woman having fun with her hair. I’m in awe of how she slays her wigs and her natural hair. Zendaya is perfection on the low.

Photo courtesy of Hype Hair 

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

I was ready to go out and find an Italian Yaki wig when I saw her on the Black Panther red carpet. She really does give off Queen Mother vibes for real.

Photo courtesy of Refinery 29

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. HensonI think Cookie switches up as much as Taraji. She loves her bobs but she isn’t afraid to shake things up with longer tresses.

Photo courtesy of Popsugar

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita. Never. Fails. She draws inspiration from everywhere and her creations are truly artwork.

Photo courtesy of Glamour Magazine 

Who do you look at for hair inspiration? Is it any one of these women?

 

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