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10 Celebrities That Will Make You Fall In Love With Afro Kinky Hair

Afro Inspirations!

Can we be genuinely honest for a second? Afros are fierce and amazingly beautiful. Whether it be your natural hair, weave, or a wig, the kinky look is to die for.

Let’s go over a little background history. Afros made its appearance in the late 60’s, but became most popular in the early 1970’s among the members of the Black Panther Party. This hairstyle was sometimes worn to describe a person who was wanting to take a rebellious stand against racial injustice. Other reasons were due to the smooth and cost-effective maintenance of wearing your hair in its kinky natural state.

As years went on entertainers like Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Prince, and much more took the stand to rock an afro in music videos, or red carpet events now and again. This trendsetting hairstyle paved the way for other everyday African American hairstyles like dreadlocks, high-top fades, and twists.

Now you may ask what the reasoning behind why people have been sporting this unique hairstyle lately? Its simple, Afros can be worn as an alternative to perm or relaxing your hair, or as a symbol of black pride and unity. Either way, this bold hairstyle can be the ultimate unique look. Most importantly we are loving these versatile Afros that celebrities have been seen rocking as well.

If you’re in the mood for a hairstyle confidence boost, check out this impressive list of these celebs who have inspired us all to show off our kinky inner hairdos!

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Erykah Badu

Oh, Erykah! How we love your soulful voice, angelic face, and fantastic hair!

You can’t deny it, Erykah was rocking natural hair before it became a trend to do so. We must give credit where it is due.

Ms. Badu has been inspiring women to love their true beauty by showing how much she loves her own. Afro’s looked radiant on her, and she even says it’s a go-to look for concerts and performances. Though her natural hair is a kinky texture, she will still rock a curly Afro wig in a heartbeat for a more dramatic look. No matter the time or the place, Erykah slays the frizzy hair look.

You can’t have a list of popping celeb Fro’s if Erykah is not on it. Keep Slaying Queen.

erykah badu
erykah badu
erykah badu

Solange Knowles

If there were ever a star of the Afro look I would have to give it to Solange, I mean let’s face it she rocked a fantastic kinky fro on her Wedding day!

How many beautiful brides can say that. Solange has embraced her natural hair as most celebrities had and done so effortlessly. Every afro look Solange gives us is like pure art.

Whether she’s wearing it long, short, or with bangs she makes this hairstyle seems like a must-have. She’s even rocked her hair dyed fully blonde, and that has to be one of my personal favorites. Long story short Solange has paved the way for a lot of other celebrities to embrace and show off their kinky curly hair.

We love it, Solange, keep giving us more and more inspiration!

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solange
solange
solange

Issa Rae

Issa Rae is undeniably our favorite awkward black girl.

She won us over in her Hit HBO show Insecure (which by the way if you haven’t seen it is a must watch) She makes us laugh, she makes us cry, and most of all we fall in love with her kinky curly natural hair. It makes you wonder how one person can look so beautiful with their coily mane.

When asked how she is blessed with such a fantastic hair texture, Issa says she owes it all to her decision to do the big chop. Although it was a scary decision, in 3 short years her hair has grown into a beautiful curly dream! If she doesn’t inspire you to do the big chop, I’m not sure who will! What makes Issa’s hair even more fabulous is the beautiful brown color, and the many various ways she styles it.

We are so looking forward to her next season of Insecure, and most importantly the different fro styles to come in the future.

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issa rae
issa rae
issa rae

Yvonne Orji

While we are on the topic of Insecure, we’ve got to give Issa Rae’s co-star Yvonne Orji some credit on the way she pulls off a fantastic kinky hairdo.

This Nigerian star loves showing off her natural hair on and off the red carpet. Her voluminous curls shape her face so well and can make any viewer fall in love. Yvonne says that she is a naturalist and ever since she did the big chop, she has never been more dedicated to keeping her kinky curls intact. If Insecure keeps casting these exotic natural hair beauties, the world will be in a curly frenzy, and I mean that in the best possible way ever!

We love your many looks Yvonne keep serving us on a daily basis.

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yvonne orji
yvonne orji

Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi is continuously giving us hair goals.

Honestly, she gives us all types of goals, from being a positive black mentor to teens, a growing humanitarian, and not to mention Michelle Obama wrote her college recommendation letter. Any way you put it, there are a lot of people who look up to Yara Shahidi including myself.

You may know this 17-year-old actress from the breakout television show Blackish, but now she is starring in her own show called Grown-ish, which is quickly taking viewers by storm. This rising star has been seen wearing her frizzy curls since she started acting, and this has been an inspiration to a lot of young girls who have been having trouble accepting their natural hair texture. Not only does Yara rock her curly hairstyles, but so does her mom!

They are indeed an iconic duo when it comes to their natural afros. We can’t wait to see more so; please keep it up the fantastic looks ladies!

yara shahidi
yara shahidi
yara shahidi

Skai Jackson

One of our favorite Disney Channel stars Skai Jackson is known for wearing her kinky Afro hair.

Whether it’s pulled back, or entirely out and carefree, she is a role model for kids her age in loving their natural locks. I like that more and more African America children and adults are learning to love the hair they were born with. Growing up in this society many women of color believed that straight hair is what was considered more beautiful and acceptable.

I realize that it does take celebrities like Skai Jackson and others on this list to show their fans that your natural hair texture, whether it be kinky, curly, or straight, are all beautiful.

Keep Inspiring the younger population Skai; you’re doing a great job!

skai jackson
skai jackson
skai jackson

Amandla Stenberg

Amandla has swept many viewers away in her role as Rue in Hunger Games. She has also starred in her first hit film Everything, Everything, as well as being one of the youngest black activists of our time.

Amandla has been blowing fans away with those kinky coils she sports on top of her head. She simply looks terrific in a curly Afro, but she told interviewers that she didn’t always feel positive about her hair. It took her almost frying her hair off to realize she didn’t want to fight her beautiful natural curls any longer.

She owes it all to the brave people before her who wasn’t afraid to wear their natural look, and now she can do the same. Amandla has recently come out on social media rocking her big chop hairstyle! She has also dyed her hair to a honey brown, and needless to say it is stunning.

We can’t wait to see more films to come with this rising actress, and most importantly what kinky hair looks this beauty will try in the future.

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amanda
amanda
amanda
amanda

China McClain

Earlier last year the young actress China McClain showed her many Instagram followers that she no longer wanted to straighten her “black girl magic hair.”

Ever since then, she has discovered a new-found love for her natural curls and is not hesitating to let everyone know. McClain has inspired others to embrace their natural hair as well, and she has been rocking several curly and kinky Afro wigs, just to show her appreciation for this look.

When it comes down to slaying our frizzy tresses, we may need a little motivation now and then. Sometimes its hard to lead by example or go against the societal norms on how we style our hair. So, thank you big time China, don’t be surprised if you see more and more woman embracing their naturally kinky hair because of this young star.

china mcclain
china mcclain
china mcclain
china mcclain
china mcclain

Amara La Negra

The newest cast member of VH1’s recent show Love and Hip Hop: Miami, Amara La Negra has been getting a lot of positive attention for her fabulous all-natural Afro.

Interviewers caught up with Amara and asked for the message behind her spectacular hairstyle, and why she rocks it so proudly. She says she wanted people to know that Latina beauty can be more than just Selena or Jennifer Lopez, but that there are plenty of Afro-Latinas out there who looks exactly like her. She wants to represent her ethnic roots the best way she can, and her hairdo is an excellent representation of that!

Producers for many years told this rising singer that if she wanted to make it big in the music industry, she would have to try a different look, and in the process try straightening her hair, Amara rebelliously said no, and that has been one of her most significant internal achievement she says.

With it only being a few episodes into the newest season of Love and Hip Hop: Miami, fans are already taking a liking to Amara. We all can’t wait to see the many looks she serves throughout the remaining season.

amara la negra
amara la negra
amara la negra
amara la negra

Blue Ivy Carter

This list would not be complete without putting Blue Ivy Carter on here. Beyoncé knew what she was doing when she said, “I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros.” Blue Ivy’s kinky do’ is adorable, despite contrary belief from a few cynical people. I have always been a fan of her curly hairdo since the moment Beyonce brought her into this world.

Growing up, Blue wore her hair just the way it grows out of her head, free and with no remorse. Her afro, unfortunately, has gotten many offensive comments from the media for a long time now.

Statements like, “her hair is so nappy, does Beyoncé even comb Blue’s hair?” would be left under blog posts.
These offensive words surfaced all around the internet, but honestly, Beyoncé and Jay Z seemed to be unbothered.

Now that Blue is growing up, we are seeing all the haters put to rest who had anything wrong to say about her hair in the past.

With the recent release of Jay-Z’s music video “Family Feud” in the press, you can see the real growth and amazing curly tresses that Blue Ivy is sporting! In the music video, Blue is wearing her hair in a big puffball. My heart could not take all of the cuteness. Blue Ivy’s real fans can’t wait to see how flawless and beautiful she gets with time. Keep rocking that fro unapologetically Blue! We are all here for it!

blu ivy
blu ivy
blu ivy

Who’s Fro Was Your Favorite?

It’s riveting to see kinky hair and Afros being worn more now these days, primarily by our role models and celebrities. What is even better is that Afros have paved the way for a lot of people to start embracing the hair that they have been born with.

Times are changing, and we see that perm and relaxer sales have declined at about 45 percent in the past three years. This decrease in sales is thanks to these beautiful celebrities and role models, who have been showing the world that there is a particular pride in rocking the hair that comes out of your head.

Remember that we are all beautiful no matter what shape, color, or hair texture we may have. So, take the time to fall in love with yourself, like the celebs on this list have. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Tell us which Celebrity you think pulls off the Afro Kinky hair look the best in the comments down below!

About Symphony Clarke

"My name is Symphony Clarke, I am a young entrepreneur who owns an online thrift store. I love blogging about hair, fashion, and lifestyles. I never pass up the opportunity to discuss the latest fashion and hair trends. Most of my time is invested in blogging, and making my online business the best of the best! My goal in life is to inspire anyone I come in contact with to be the greatest, and most creative person they can be."

2 thoughts on “10 Celebrities That Will Make You Fall In Love With Afro Kinky Hair

  1. Lavette Perry says:

    I love the way that all of these beautiful ladies wear their most essential beauty through their hair. The Afro is vital to our ethnic hair community. Being a style from the 1970s that has resurfaced into the twentieth century is what makes our culture so unique. Beauty lies within the coils, kinks, and wavy roots. Great Read about some of the most influential black women of our time.

    1. Symphony Clarke says:

      This was so powerful, thank you! I’m really happy that you enjoyed this post. I’m even happier that young women in this era are embracing their natural roots more and more!

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