World Afro Day: 5 un’fro’gettable natural mane moments you should take a look at!

Amra | 15 September 2017

Celebrate the ‘fro by taking a look at these iconic natural mane moments! 🌟


Once upon a time, natural black hair was not viewed as the powerful and empowering hair type that it is now (sucks, right?), but thanks to the help of a few iconic women, that view slowly started to change. And now, bloggers, vloggers and real women are all embracing their lovely hair — as they should!

And seeing as today is World Afro Day (Happy ‘Froday!), we’re taking a look back at the best afro hair moments in history – all of which you need to take note of.

World Afro Day: 5 influential women who rocked afro hair


world afro day: picture of marsha hunt with big afro hairstyle in the 70s
How can we possibly forget that this beauty once graced the cover of British Vogue? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Marsha Hunt’s big afro

American actress, model and singer Marsha Hunt was sporting a big, beautiful afro during the ’60s and ’70s.

Her fierce personality and power curls landed her a cover on British Vogue, and judging from the picture above, its clear to see why. With its enviable volume and bounce, this gravity-defying style exudes a tonne of vintage-glamour vibes. #Slay!

shot of grace jones with iconic hightop hairstyle wearing black on stage
When you think of the ’80s, it’s hard not to think of Grace Jones’ mane. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Grace Jones’ high-rise style

While many people think that the ’80s high-top afro hairstyle suited men better, #bossbabe Grace Jones proved otherwise.

As you can see, her edgy and high-angular afro seamlessly fades into a shaved buzzcut, creating a wonderfully bold contrast. We’re sure you’ll agree she rocks the look way better than any man, right?

shot of mel b on the julien macdonald runway with afro hair
Mel B spiced up the runways in the ’90s with her big afro hairstyle. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Mel B’s fluffed out curls

You can’t talk about the ’90s without mentioning the Spice Girls! Who was our favourite? Scary Spice (AKA Mel B), of course!

When she walked down Juilen Macdonald’s Spring/Summer runway in the ’90s with this romantic, fluffy halo of curls, we knew we were witnessing iconic hairstory.

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Editor’s tip: Eager to get the look? Spritz your hair with the TIGI S-Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray before applying the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment, to help keep your curls soft, supple and hydrated.

For the final touch, use an afro pick to fluff out your natural curls and you’ll be good glow!

close up shot of the solange knowles on the red carpet with a small twa
Solange’s TWA got everyone talking to 2009! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Solange Knowles’ TWA

Stepping out of her bigger sister’s shadow, Solange Knowles became a star in her own right when she went for the chop and got a TWA in 2009.

The ‘Don’t Touch My Hair‘ singer’s decision to cast aside weaves and wigs to transition has made her a natural hair hero. Honestly, her tresses are the stuff natural hair dreams are made of!

shot of ashley james with butterflies in her big afro hair on the red carpet
The best way to show off a gorgeous afro? With some butterfly hair accessories, of course! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Ashley James’ accessorised afro

Fast forward to 2017 and there’s countless afro hair icons, from Lupita Nyong’o with her side-part afro to Ashley James and her butterfly hair (above), all of whom are showing us just how versatile and gorgeous afro hair is!


Can’t get enough of afro hairstyles? Head on over to our Black Hairstyles page now to discover the latest trends and styling tips we’re currently living for!

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