In the 1960s, the afro became a symbol of black self-acceptance and an iconic figure of the black power movement. Famed entertainers like Diana Ross and Pam Grier, along with political activists like Angela Davis, were representative of this new movement in popular culture and politics. Black hair is and will always be political, and passing of laws like The Crown Act, which bans black hair discrimination in schools and the workplace, proves that point. Though the legislation is now only in five states (California, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Colorado), the progress makes me hopeful for the next generation.
The latest natural hair movement is reminiscent of the groundwork of black voices that came before us. We now live an age where we see the representation of black hair across all mediums, encouraging black people everywhere to rock their hair as is without reservation. As a 4C girl who has learned to embrace my fro, I have found that seeing other naturals embrace their coils has helped me lean into my own.
Here, find 25 stunning fros that will inspire your next cropped cut or give you the courage to unapologetically allow your coils to take up space in the world.
Show Off Those 4C Coils
And they say 4 type hair doesn't grow. Fola's full, back-length fro disproves that theory.
Stretch With Care
A stretched fro is always a good idea, and here Anima opts to add a side-swept element. A few bobby pins and dash of edge control, and you're out the door.
Try On Some Fringe
Rocking a fro with a bang might seem like too much maintenance, but if you're afraid of trimming your fringe on your own, you can cheat it with bobby pins. It may take some trial and error to get the right length, but once you've got it, you'll have a hair trick you can use forever.