After I got bored playing cops and robbers and realized that the boys only played with me ‘cause I was cute, I embraced my femininity and became a true fashionista. It was back then that I realized there was no ‘go to place’ for a multifaceted black girl like me. So, I drew my inspiration from a mix of Vogue and Word Up, and the hair made just as much of a statement as the clothes.
I wore the ripped acid washed jeans with Bart Simpson tees and feathered Farah Fawcett layers. But, sometimes I would combine a Cindy Crawford look with a Salt n’ Pepa hairdo — like that day in 10th grade when I wore my black double-breasted Giorgio Marciano pants suit with the peace sign chain and fresh finger waves.
Even though getting my Tina Turner like hair tamed was a long (sometimes painful) process, I grew to appreciate the versatility that came with having black hair. These tresses have been through bangs with the tapered sides, highlights, goddess braids, corn rows, flat twists, crimps, micro braids, straw twists, pin curls and so much more. We’ve seen some styles come and go and come right back again. I’ve gotten a little conservative with the hair and my “been there done that” attitude makes me less inclined to try some of the trends that have resurfaced today, but I have to give props to celebs like Rhianna and Ciara for their fab renditions of hair styles from the past.
Take a look at some of the Dos that have made it back on the scene. What’s your favorite hairstyle from the 80s or 90s?