Modern Day Natural Hair Icons We Love

by Clutch

Angela Davis was a trailblazer with her perfectly picked afro in the late 1960s. Diana Ross rocked the curly version of the afro in the early 70s. Chaka Khan wasn’t afraid to accessorize her huge afro with flowers in the late 1970s.

Natural hair has been a part of our history for centuries. Today, there are many black women making the transition to natural curls and showcasing how versatile and beautifull our hair can look.

Check out our top ten modern day natural icons that we adore!

  • purplekeychain

    @Danielle, you are a mess! HAahahaha!

    I never really thought about natural hair “icons”, although I will, once again, gladly admit that I stan for Tracee Ellis Ross — I love absolutely everything about her, including her hair and her giant eyes! And that style that Badu rocked when she performed “I Want You” on Chappelle Show made me want a giant afroweave.

    One lady I think is missing from this list is Lauren Hill. Her natural styles have served as inspiration for many folks, I think.

    Most of the natural hair sisters that I really admire are YTers and bloggers, especially Janell (

    I think we have to be careful about labeling ANY woman with kinky or curly hair as “natural” because a lot of times it’s not. And there are plenty of women out there with bone straight hair who are “naturals” who press or flat-iron their hair.

    But great list! I’ve never even heard of half these women.

  • MarloweOverShakespeare

    Someone else missing here is Nikki Walton of

  • slim

    i think i am in the process of transitioning from relaxed to natural and this was just the motivation i needed to keep on at it. it’s only been 8months but they have been long and stressful. many times i just feel like running to the salon and demanding someone perm my hair. but i guess ima keep on trucking..

  • Leonie UK

    Anyone rocking weaves and bone stright hair pressed to perfection, gets no natural salute from me, sorry that’s just not natural to me.

  • Alexandra

    Most moderns ones I like are on YouTube. As for more popular ones I do love Tracee, Ms. Spalding and Janelle. But mine will forever be Marsha Hunt.

  • Bee

    Why is Janelle so damn beautiful? Every time I see that woman, I’m just in awe. She is a work of physical perfection.

  • mahogany

    I think Erykah wears wigs though….

  • CHE

    I love Solange and her sister who is natural too

    But I really love Hair Crush, Long hair dont care 2011, and Sera 2544 on You Tube.

  • CHE

    and Rustic Beauty.

  • MarloweOverShakespeare

    I agree Leonie UK

    Being a “natural” means your natural texture, not just simply the hair on your head.

    But are we willing to extend the naturalegitimacy to hair color as well? Hmmmm.

  • LemonnLime

    YES she’s the one that helped me through my transitioning and learning process.

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