Black Hairstyle Icons

Black Female Style Icons During Black History Month at Hiikuss Hair Studio in Camberwell, London

When we think of fashion icons, we think of women who stand out as trendsetters of their generation. Over the course of a century, we’ve seen some incredible black and mixed race women do just that. Not only did they break down racial barriers in areas like music, film and politics, but they also paved the way for some of our most influential fashion styles today.

In honour of Black History Month, the afro hair experts at Hiikuss Hair Salon in Camberwell, London, celebrate our favourite stylish celebrities and their hairstyles below……

Rihanna – Hairstyle Style Icon

Superstar Rihanna is proof that black women can have whatever hairstyle they want! Rihanna has evolved her style more times than Prince changed his name, from shaved sides, bright red locks, natural curls and super sleek bob haircuts, she has had them all .

We love this high ponytail curled style, which shows off Rihanna’s insanely symmetrical features. 

The Afro Hairstyle – Alicia Keys

The afro hair style, which emerged in the 1960s during the civil rights movement, was “a symbol of rebellion, pride and empowerment”.

As black people protested against racial segregation and oppression, the eye-catching Afro hairstyle style took off – an assertion of black identity in contrast to previous trends inspired by mainstream white fashions.

Like her empowering music, uplifiting feminisim and gravity-defying ‘fro, Alicia Keys’ has a style that commands attention. 

Michelle Obama – The First Lady of Keratin Treatments

Michelle Obama had come under fire for having her hair relaxed, especially during the first few years in the White House. She has been pictured recently with naturally curly hair however, and her long time stylist has announced that she transitioned from Relaxed Hair to Natural Hair a few years ago.

The secret to her success? Keratin treatments to smooth the hair without exposure to harsh chemicals. 

Most natural curl patterns don’t smooth out easily, which is why many people use relaxers in the first place. When relaxers are taken out of the mix, something else is needed to help with straighter styles, and keratin treatments are ideal for this purpose. Find out more about our Keratin smoothing treatments and get that First Lady look for yourself.

Beyoncé – Golden Honey Hair Colour

As the Queen of  a BeyHive, Beyoncé has had many hairstyles and hair colours in the past. In recent years whether her hair has been naturally curly or straightened, beyonce favours caramel and honey coloured highlights in her hair. Framing her face and highlighting her perfect complexion, the blonde tones throughout her hair make her look radiant. 

Style Chameleon – Jada Pinkett-Smith

Another style icon who constantly changes their image is Jada Pinkett-Smith. The actress and host of Red Table Talk has worn her hair in long braids, bright colours and naturally curly styles over the years. 

Jada has admitted that her decision to cut her hair very short and wear headwear such as elaborate turbans and headscarves was in part due to thinning hair and hair loss. Speak to your Hiikuss hair expert if you are concerned about thinning hair or hair loss and be confident that just like Jada, your style credentials won’t have to suffer!


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