How Artist Latasha Alcindor Uses Her Hair to Express Herself

She’s a multifaceted artist who raps, sings, directs, and creates visual art, but on top of all of that, Latasha Alcindor also channels her creativity into her appearance, creating a myriad of looks underscored by various hairstyles. Long, short, braided, natural, blonde, pink—through wigs and natural styles, Alcindor expresses both emotions and personas. “Experimenting with my hair allows me to tap into multiple dimensions that are part of my mind and spirit,” she says.

With a Panamanian, Jamaican, Puerto Rican, and Haitian background, Alcindor’s hair reflects multiple cultures, as well as her past and her present. “My hair is my history and my current events,” she says. Her impulsive changes in hairstyles also are an unspoken resistance to societal expectations that still exist for women of color today. “I remember when I was working for corporate America and they did not like it when I was wearing blonde hair or an afro,” she says. “I guess this is my rebellion toward all that.”

We wanted to delve into Alcindor’s various looks and what they mean to her, so our favorite ’dos and what inspired them are below.