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Black Female Style Icons During Black History Month at Junior Green Hair Salon in Kensington, London

When we think of female icons, we think of women who stand out as trendsetters of their generation, whether in fashion or behaviours. Over the course of the last century alone, we’ve seen some incredible black and mixed race women do just that. Not only did they break down barriers in areas including music, film and politics, but they also inspired some of the most influential fashion styles that we see on the High Street today.

In honour of Black History Month, the afro hair experts at Junior Green Hair Salon in Kensington, London, celebrate our favourite powerful, smart & stylish black women and their hairstyles below……

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The Afro Hairstyle – Alicia Keys

The afro hair style, which emerged during the civil rights movement, was “a symbol of rebellion, pride and empowerment”.

As black men and women protested against racial segregation and oppression, the eye-catching Afro hairstyle style took off – an assertion of black identity in contrast to previous hairstyle trends, inspired by mainstream white fashions.

Like her empowering lyrics, unapologetic feminism and gravity-defying afro, Alicia Keys has a style that demands that you pay attention. 

Michelle Obama – The First Lady of Keratin Smoothing Treatments

Michelle Obama has come under fire in the past for having her hair relaxed, especially during her first few years as First Lady. However, she has been pictured recently with naturally curly hair, and her long time stylist confirmed that she transitioned to Natural Hair a few years ago.

How did she manage this whilst being one of the world’s most photographed women? Keratin treatments to smooth the hair without exposure to harsh chemicals. 

Most natural curl patterns don’t smooth out easily, which is why many women use relaxers in the first place. When relaxers aren’t used, something else is needed to help with straighter styles. Keratin treatments are ideal for this purpose.

Find out more about our Keratin smoothing treatments and get that smooth First Lady look for yourself.

Black Hairstyle Icon – Rihanna 

Superstar singer and make up mogul Rihanna is proof that black women can have whatever hairstyle they want! Rihanna has changed her hairstyles more times than Prince changed his name, from shaved sides, bright red locks, natural curls, braids and sleek bobs, she has had them all.

We love this high slicked back style, which shows off Rihanna’s insanely symmetrical features. 

Beyoncé – The Queen of Honey Coloured Hair

As the undoubted Queen of  a BeyHive, Beyoncé has had hairstyles and colours worthy of royalty. Over the last few years, whether her hair has been naturally curly or straightened, beyonce favours caramel and honey coloured highlights throughout her hair. Framing her face and highlighting her perfect skin, the blonde tones throughout her hair make her complexion look super radiant. 

Short Hair Icon – Jada Pinkett-Smith

Another style icon who is fluid with their style is Jada Pinkett-Smith. The Matrix actress has worn her hair in long braids, brightly coloured and naturally curly styles over the years. 

Jada has admitted that her decision to cut her hair very short in recent years, and to wear headwear such as elaborate turbans and headscarves was in part due to thinning hair and hair loss. Speak to your Junior Green hair expert if you are concerned about thinning hair or hair loss and, just like Jada, we can ensure that your style credentials won’t suffer!