“If you got real hair, put your hands up! If you got real hair, make noise!” Okay, we know that’s not the exact words of Fatman Scoop, but this issue is all about the natural hair ladies that continue to show us the beauty and the struggles of rockin’ your natural hair. There are many hair vloggers we highlight every issue in our Blogger of the Month, but in this feature, let’s highlight our natural hair icons (celebrity edition) of the millennial generation.
This “Grown-ish” star has captured the hearts of young ladies and adults alike, and is sure to be one of the great actresses of our millennial generation. Yara Shahidi is unlike any woman of her age; with poise, and maturity, but still your around-the-way-girl. What’s more dope about her is how she uses her voice and position to bring awareness to social issues and promoting diversity. She is one of the few Black actresses that wears her naturally curly hair, although sporting some braids here and there. What we love is how she inspires young girls to accept their natural curls and try different styles with them. This is why she is the icon of our generation, the future Tracee Ellis Ross.
Let’s show you some products to get your curls poppin’ like Yara’s. Shea Moisture has some amazing curl enhancers that not only smell good, but are healthy for your hair. Their Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel Soufflé is an oldie, but goodie.
Our next natural hair icon can definitely have a “seat at our table”. Yes, of course, we are talking about Solange. This soul sister has all the feels of a natural beauty while breaking the stereotypical natural hairstyles with more out-of-the-box, but Solange-fitting styles. While some may think, “Solange can be the only one to wear this and it look amazing,” that is definitely not true. Solange creates trends anyone and everyone can wear for any season. While we love many of her hairstyles, we LOVED her long, platinum braids with red beads. This is a style no one would think to wear until Solange rocked it. Carefree black girl vibes? Yes, please!
How can you achieve this style? Bobbi Boss has the perfect solution with their new King Braid hair perfect for achieving that platinum blonde.
Amara La Negra
Although she’s new to a lot of fans, this Love and Hip-Hop Miami singer has definitely marked her way into the natural hair world taking a stand for the style she believes in. Amara is an Afro-Latina, a Latina with African origins, and has been making headlines ever since the show premiered with her extra-puffed afro, which received mixed reviews from the cast members. Although some people loved how she embraced this natural style, others thought her image would be better with long, straight hair. Becoming one with her Afro side, she stood ground for her Afro hair and has become a platform for ladies wearing a natural look and still getting the same love as others with longer, straight hair. It is with this platform we crown her our newest natural hair icon
Want to achieve her look? Amara La Nega has mentioned to adding hair to her afro for length. We recommend Outre’s Velvet Remi Short Series in Afro Long to take the look to the next level!
Our last natural hair icon is none other than the Queen Bee of this generation. We only could be talking about our ultimate slayer, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Yes, we have her sister on the list, but how can we not have Beyoncé with the way she’s changed the natural hair game? You don’t know? Well, let’s fill you in. Not only did Beyoncé create the “Lemonade Braid” trend that was featured on the Lemonade video, but the majority of the time, she has been rockin’ her natural hair! If you keep up with her Instagram, you’ll notice a lot of her everyday pictures feature her natural hair. With the uplift she’s had on Black culture, she rounds out our list of being the top, but last 2018 Natural Hair Icon.
Keep Calm and Be Beyoncé. With that, here’s how you can achieve Bey’s natural ponytail look. While slicking the hair down, use Shea Moisture’s Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Styling Mousse to slick those curls while keeping that wave pattern.