SZA - CTRL album cover - long black afro wavy hair

One to watch: Why SZA is our latest hair crush

Don't know who SZA is? You will soon...  

So, are you asking yourself: who is SZA? While she may not be a household name just yet, you’re likely to have heard her work without even realising it. The rising star featured on and wrote the first track of Rihanna‘s album Anti, and has even written songs for Beyoncé! Yep, she’s affiliated with Queen Bey herself – bet we have your attention now, don’t we?

Launching her music career in 2012, and with a string of mixtapes and EPs under her belt, it is SZA’s latest body of work CTRL that is set to take her to new heights.

However, besides the ethereal sound, the single’s most mesmerising and stand-out feature has to be SZA’s hair. Having pitched her as our one to watch this year, we look back at her hair evolution throughout her young, yet impressive, career! Take a look…

Why SZA is #hairgoals…


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SZA looking sensational on her debut album cover CTRL. Credit:

1. SZA isn’t scared of experimenting

After losing her hair during high school due to illness, and through failed attempts at chemical treatments and experimentation with bleached hair, it seems that SZA has now taken a different hair approach. And doesn’t she look absolutely beautiful?!

Matching her alternative R&B sound and eccentric style, SZA’s latest and hotly anticipated album see’s the singer-songwriter wear her hair big and bold with masses of volume and beach waves on the cover. Credit: @sza

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Working the popular half-up, half-down hairstyle SZA is given us real vintage vibes in this Instagram post. Credit:

2. Her hairstyles are totally achievable

Letting her hair take centre stage, SZA looks incredible in this Instagram post. The half-up, half-down hairstyle allows the 26-year-old to add extra height to her and let’s take a moment to appreciate those adorable full bangsCredit: @sza

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We can’t decide which style we love most. Braids or no braids? Credit:

3. And she loves braids!

Showing us that she is not a one trick pony, SZA surprised us all with a brand new braided ‘do! In this post, the singer takes on some hot box braids and utterly transforms her look, while also providing her mane with a protective styleCredit: @sza

Editor’s tip: To keep your natural hair in tip-top condition, we suggest using the TRESemmé Oleo Radiance Bi-Phase Conditioning Mist for glossy and healthy-looking hair every day.


Psst! Don’t forget to head on over to our Black Hairstyles page for heaps of on-trend looks and the latest afro styles to try now.

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