So Fresh, So Fly: Black Beauty of the 80s and 90s

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For our final installment of our ‘Black Beauty’ series, we’re honoring the styles that gave the 80s, 90s and early 2000s their edge. In a period where music was defining the culture, styles kept up and provided the appropriate funky and fresh compliment to the times.

Asymmetrical Cuts + Shaved Sides

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Styles don’t really die but they do find a way to reinvent themselves. That’s the case with the bold, 60s inspired asymmetrical cuts made popular by groups like Salt N’ Pepa in the 80s. The wow factor was upped with low cut or shaved sides, much like the styles that are still popular today. Fun fact: this iconic style from the girl group was a complete accident! It was birthed after Pepa’s sister burned her hair off with a perm and she was forced to shave it down. #SilverLining

Juicy Jheri Curls

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The 80s proved that big hair was still in and the jucier the curls, the better. With divas like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey providing major inspiration, ladies (and guys) were finding ways to sculpt and flaunt their natural curls with plenty of mousse and hairspray to maintain their masterpieces.

Box Braids

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If you didn’t rock box braids in the 90s, were you even there? Another style that celebrates the versatility and ancestry of Black hair, box braids were and still are a go-to. Plus, when you don’t have to spend as much time on your hair each morning, it leaves room for creativity as you can see in the video below.

Mushroom Cut

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Black/Latina girls do it better and that was definitely the case with the mushroom cut. While some may know this as the bowl cut, this styles was not just for the at home barbershop typically seen on television. Badasses like T-Boz took the style and made it so crazy, sexy, cool that it’s making a reappearance as a hot style on your Instagram feeds and on the runways.

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