Don't get it twisted: Black hair isn't having a moment, it's been beautiful. Been captivating. Been trendsetting.
THE MANE TRACK: SONGS ABOUT HAIR
Whether #TeamNatural or #TeamRelaxed, our hair has always been used as an expression of our styles and personalities, as we curl, cut, color, straighten and mold our perfect manes. This month, CentricTV.com is celebrating hair in all its glory and taking a look back at a few moments in recent years that had us beaming with pride.
CURLS COME ALIVE
After years of blow-drying and straightening her natural curls, Tamera Mowry-Hously took action against her severely damaged hair. "The Real" co-host shared with audiences how she went through with "the big chop" to give her hair a fresh start and allow her curls to flourish.
THE BIG REVEAL
Tamron Hall has long been a member of Team "Short Hair, Don't Care," but she took things a step further when she wore her natural hair on live TV for the first time. The look was met by praise from fans across the country, as well as her supportive co-hosts.
A then nine-year-old Willow Smith knew what was up. Her 2010 smash hit "Whip My Hair" provided the unofficial hair anthem for girls and women (and some men) everywhere. The song garnered praise from celebrities such as Solange, Brandy, Ciara and more and made us proud to whip our hair back and forth.
Viola Davis, "less classically beautiful?" Ha! The Oscar-nominated actress stripped down to her God-given self during a powerful scene of ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder" that had everyone talking. Natural hair is still finding its footing in mainstream entertainment, but Davis gave it a platform in primetime for all the world to see. (And since we're talking Viola, let us not forget this moment on the red carpet. Absolutely stunning.)
Memphis-area news anchor Pam McKelvy showed true courage when she removed her wig and revealed her natural hair as she shared her journey of surviving breast cancer. Her hair and health story is one that reminds us that beauty truly begins on the inside.
MOMENT OF CLARITY
Leave it to Chris Rock it inject a bit of humor to the always controversial conversation on "good hair." The 2009 documentary explores the cultural significance of hair in the black community and how it's shaped our ideas on beauty. While the film certainly didn't set off the natural hair movement, it had a helping hand in showing the danger of chemically-relaxed hair.
In our opinion, this is the magazine cover that broke the Internet. ESSENCE magazine's May 2014 issue featured Solange, Ledisi and Erykah Badu serving face and giving us a serious case of hair envy as they shared their secrets to loving their natural beauty.
(Photos, clockwise from top left: Roc Nation; Tamron Hall via Instagram; Tamera Mowry via Instagram; Essence Magazine, May 2014; Carol's Daughter)