Everything Old is New Again: Four Recycled Natural Styles

You can’t do anything unique, because odds are, it’s been done before. You can apply that to anything! Yes,even the latest natural hair trends! The “do” you just discovered on YouTube,has been around since the days of Billie Holiday.

  1. Flowers as hair accessories


One night before a performance, Billie burned her hair with a marcel curling iron. The show had to go on! So she threw a few gardenias over the charred pieces,and kept it moving. She then realized that the look was kind of cute. So she began to put a gardenia in her hair before every performance.

2. Short fro


Cicely in the early 80’s with, (her husband at the time) the late Miles Davis.

Cicely Tyson, was not only an actress but a model as well. This led to her taking many risks with her hair earlier in her career. Many were shocked by her short natural fro in those days. On an episode of, Oprah’s Life Class,Cicely described it as freeing.

3. Pincurls

Pin curls have been trendy off and on since the 1920’s. On women of all races and lengths of hair. They were often set into the hair. Josephine baker achieved her pin curled look with runny egg whites. The look would be dry,and crispy to the touch. Later she created her own hair wax.000129-860 Very ahead of her time!

4. Fulani tribal braids

Many of the younger women that I saw rockin fulani braids this summer,probably never heard of Patrice Rushen. She was the 70’s and 80’s r&b singer,who could sing and play the piano. Yes, way before Alicia Keys.



Josephine Baker and Her Hair

Photo of Josephine BakerJosephine Baker is the subject of today’s Google Doodle. June 3rd, 2017, would have  been her 111th birthday. Josephine is best known for being the first African American to become an internationally recognized performer, and the first to headline her own film, Zouzou, in 1934. Today, she remains a defining cultural figure of the period. Jospehine Baker was an activist as well an an entertainer. She was a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s.85350209

Baker’s hair also played a major in her brand. Her hairstyle was a crucial component within her constructed aesthetic. She wore it short, straightened and smoothed against her skull, with Medusa-like curls framing her face. She applied egg-white to give it its high sheen and stiffness. In October 1925, at her legendary debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, every jaw in the audience dropped at the sight of it.

“Her hairstyle had been done like a Greek boy’s,” recalled Harper’s Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland, “and pressed into her flat black curls were white silk butterflies. She had the chic of Gay Paree.” Josephine Baker went on to become the first African American celebrity to their own cosmetics line.

A hair pomade called Bakerfix, which came in a toothpaste-style tube adorned her image.  Josephine Baker marketed hair pomade so that women could copy her famous style. These were early moves within the culture of female African American celebrities extending their brands into hair and beauty businesses.

Today this has fully evolved with celebrities such as Rihanna and Beyoncé.


Vintage Hairstyles Remixed

They say what goes around,comes back around again. Just look at clothing trends,and even music. Hair is no exception. Check out these fly, vintage hairstyles. See how they have been remixed through the decades.