Back in my day, it was difficult to find natural hair representation in media. Black celebrities were more inclined to perm their hair and wear wigs or weaves during those high-profile red carpet events. Thankfully things have changed over the last decade. Women have become more comfortable wearing their natural hair and have transitioned to honoring their crowns at public events as well as in their homes. Now that celebrities have given us personal access to their lives via social media, we get experience them in all of their natural glory.
There’s been an influx of natural hair posts on Instagram and its enjoyable to see. Watching women in media embrace their curls helps other women love and accept their own hair. More and more, Black women are rocking their natural hair to work, on air, and on the red carpet. Representation is everything!
In case you’ve missed the plethora of Black women gracing us with their crowns, here’s a gallery of 10 celebrities letting their natural curls on the loose.
1. GABRIELLE UNION
Gabrielle Union created her own haircare brand after she encountered the common issue of stylists not being equipped to handle Black hair. As a result she launched Flawless by GU. Leading up to her debut in 2017, Union gave the world a sneak peak of her curl pattern by posting pictures of her natural hair. Although she alternates between weaves and wigs, she absolutely loves to show off those gorgeous curls of hers.
2. TEYANA TAYLOR
Teyana Taylor has one of the most beautiful curl patterns ever. The singer, dancer, director, and producer loves to show off her fresh face and tight curls when she’s not hiding her hair under protective styles.
3. VIOLA DAVIS
Viola Davis and her natural head of curls is probably one of my favorite images on the internet. If we had to pick someone who embodies style, grace, and elegance, its the Academy Award winning actress. I love that she uses the red carpet to make these kind of style statements.
4. TARAJI P HENSON
Taraji P. Henson is another celebrity who took haircare into her hands and created her own line of products. The red headed bombshell shows off her luxurious curls every chance she gets!
5. SAVANNAH JAMES
Savannah James and her daughter Zhuri are the ultimate hair goals duo. The James matriarch occasionally wears her protective styles, but she also isn’t afraid to show off that beautiful curl pattern. She’s also teaching her daughter Zhuri how to fully love and embrace her hair through their YouTube tutorials.
6. MEGAN THEE STALLION
Megan Thee Stallion’s wig game is strong, but her natural curls are stronger. The Houston rapper occasionally lets her hair out for the gram and when she does, she leaves us speechless.
7. TAMERA MOWRY HOUSLEY
Tamera Mowry Housley’s curls are absolutely yummy. The mother, actress, and talk show host loves to experiment with hairstyles, but my favorite look on her is her gorgeous head of natural hair.
8. KEKE PALMER
Our girl KeKe is a hair chameleon, but every now and then she removes the wigs and resorts to her natural state. The actress appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine with her curls and also made a PSA on the importance of taking a stand against natural hair discrimination.
9. JANELLE MONAE
Janelle Monae’s style has always been unique, but she turned it up a notch when she dyed her hair blonde and put her natural curls on display for all to see. My favorite flex was when Monae showed out at the NAACP Awards. Between her honey blond hair, red lips, and Christian Siriano dress, she obviously did not come to play fair.
10. REGINAE CARTER
Reginae Carter has vowed to take good care of her hair in between her protective styles. The socialite gave us the lowdown on what she uses to keep her hair strong and healthy.