In honor of Black Music Month, it is only right to take a trip down memory lane reminiscent of some of the most iconic hairstyles we have seen on our big screens over the years.

Moesha Braids

Brandy Norwood was the epitome and embodiment of Black Girl Magic in the show “Moesha.” She still continues to be a staple in Black pop culture and the entertainment world in general because of her smooth, silky voice and evergreen star power. Every hairstyle that Brandy graced while on the “Moesha” big screen instantly became a well-talked-about hit, and that influence remains as powerful even today.


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The Pink Print Coiffure

The “Pink Print” era was a time in Nicki Minaj’s career that ushered in the rebirth of female rap. When Minaj became a mainstream phenomenon, she branded herself with bold, edgy, and playful aesthetics. Although her brand was larger than life, it never took away from her lyrical genius or stand among the greats, as referenced in her verse on the Kanye “Ye” West’s “Monster.” What’s more, her hairstyles never detracted from her talent but instead propelled and magnified her star power. Over the years, Minaj has rebranded her look several times but has never forgotten that she set the pink print for many female rappers who came on the scene after her and realized that they, too, could experiment with hair, fashion and makeup in out of the box ways. With her hairstyles, Minaj demystified the monolithic notion that female rappers had to have a certain look to be taken seriously.

Mary’s Golden Locs

Mary J. Blige has always been the soulful voice of reason when it comes to empowerment and issues of the heart. Her music and untouchable legacy have solidified her as a staple in Black culture and her flawless, glossy golden blonde locs have served as an indelible part of her brand and has featured in some of her most prominent music videos till date.

Ashanti’s Golden Brown Glory

Many of us vividly remember Ashanti’s sultry vibe and undeniable talent and confidence and how it dominated music videos in the early 2000s. Ashanti’s golden brown, breezy tresses with brilliant highlights of blonde were truly a sight to behold in music videos and made every video she appeared in much more vibrant.

Destiny’s Tresses

Destiny’s Child is an indelible force in music and this picture is probably one of the first images that come to mind when the name “Destiny’s Child is mentioned.” With their braids, weaves and textured wigs and updos. The ladies made their music videos so much more glamorous with their southern charm and effortless flicks of their flawless hair.


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Poetic Braids

“Poetic Justice” is arguably one of the most renowned romantic films of all time, and Janet Jackson did ample justice to  her role as Justice in the movie. Not only did she flawlessly execute the role, her poetic justice braids became a staple in beauty salons across the world, making it one of the most memorable hairstyles seen on big screen of all time.


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Aaliyah’s Silk

Aaliyah posthumously continues to remain an icon even in her demise. When she was alive, one think that made her stand out was her straight, jet-black hair. To the naked eye, the hairstyle was the most basic of hairstyles, but has since become a style to aspire to, and till this day, remains one of the most memorable hairstyles of all time.


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Whitney’s 80’s Curly ‘Fro

Whitney Houston is one of the greatest entertainers of all time, and rightfully so. The vocal powerhouse blessed us with unforgettable sounds like “Greatest Love of All,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and “I Will Always Love You,” to name a few. Houston’s curly, flouncy fros were one of a kind in her early years of her career, and quickly added an extra layer of definition to the singer’s brand.


Rihanna is well-known for her fierce, intentional confidence and ability to atay true to herself. When she first came on the scene, she instantly became a fan-favorite for her ability to look good in anything, her carriage, essence, and overall vibe. The famed Rihanna pixie cut that the singer rocked in the mid-2000s is still memorable till this day, and instantly become a global phenomenon in salons.

Set it Off Braids

Till today, “Set it Off” is one of the greatest movies or all time, and Queen Latifah made her mark with that movie and the renowned braids that she rocked throughout the storyline. Nevertheless, the movie and hairstyle, remain a staple.


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