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Famous African American Female Singers with Natural Hair

I like to write about accepting and loving your natural hair and how to take care of it.

These singers rock their natural hair.

These singers rock their natural hair.

Celebrities with Natural Hairstyles

I am genuinely motivated by black female singers, and I thought it was time to talk about some of the many famous faces that you have probably seen on television or heard on the radio.

Many artists have been rocking natural hair for many years; it just seemed to have taken a while for the style to become trendy.

My hair crush would have to be Leela James. All I can say is that when I saw pictures of her long natural kinky hair, I was instantly convinced that this was how I wanted to wear my hair.

While the process is taking forever, I've decided just to let my hair grow the way it wants to and accept it in any form.

Shingai Shoniwa is the lead singer of the Noisettes.

Shingai Shoniwa is the lead singer of the Noisettes.

Shingai Shoniwa

Shingai Shoniwa is the lead singer of the Noisettes. The vocalist is of British descent and trained at the School of Performing Arts Technology.

It did not take long for Shoniwa to make an impression in the music world. Her voice has been compared to Iggy Pop and Billie Holiday. I got a chance to listen to some of her songs, and they are upbeat and send you back in time.

It is a pleasant sound, and I can say she will be around a long time, especially if you are into the 60's scene.

Esperanza Spalding is a jazz bassist and singer who gained recent attention at the Grammys for winning the coveted Best New Artist category.

Esperanza Spalding is a jazz bassist and singer who gained recent attention at the Grammys for winning the coveted Best New Artist category.

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding is a jazz bassist and singer who gained recent attention at the Grammys for winning the coveted Best New Artist category. She even beat Justin Bieber and Drake.

Her career began during her time at a performing arts high school. When she was 14, she switched from playing the Cello to the Bass. From there, Spalding started picking up different gigs and playing live clubs.

Some even say that she is a musical prodigy.

She had the opportunity to collaborate with other well-known artists. Her latest album, Radio Music Society features popular dance music with a fusion jazz flare.

Lauryn Hill is the first black female singer to make natural hair sexy with her dreadlocks and afro.

Lauryn Hill is the first black female singer to make natural hair sexy with her dreadlocks and afro.

Lauryn Hill

You may remember Lauryn Hill as being part of a hip-hop group called Fugees in the '90s. After climbing the R&B Billboard charts, Lauryn's solo career led to her winning many Grammy awards.

To this day, her successful hit album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill inspires many artists and has influenced musicians such as Beyonce. Hill is still a sought-after musician with record sales and tour dates.

She is one of the first black female singers to make natural hair sexy with her dreadlocks and afro.

As a producer, India Arie has made a difference in the industry, bringing great music to the world.

As a producer, India Arie has made a difference in the industry, bringing great music to the world.

India Arie

One of my favorite R&B artists is India Arie because I like her style, and her flow is so fitting with her skills on the guitar. Many have said her songs are neo-soul, which I believe to be the new soul music with heartfelt songs and rhythmic vibes.

She has been nominated for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, R&B Best R&B Album, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

As a producer, she has made a difference in the industry, bringing great music to the world. She continues to collaborate with other entertainers to leave timeless music.

Leela James has my dream hair because I have always wanted BIG hair.

Leela James has my dream hair because I have always wanted BIG hair.

Leela James

As I mentioned earlier, Leela James has my dream hair because I have always wanted BIG hair.

The great thing about wearing natural hair is that it is possible to have lots of volume. Her long natural kinky hair makes a statement that is hard to miss and is a great motivation for those thinking of making the switch to natural hair.

The songstress was born in California, which has to be a good thing since I live in California also! Her sound has been compared to Aretha Franklin and other American soul music contemporary artists.

R&B, Funk, and Gospel have heavily influenced the songs we hear today. By touring with Macy Gray and the Black-eyed peas, she could truly show her vocal range.

Controversy usually follows many musical prodigies, and Badu has had many rumors regarding her behavior.

Controversy usually follows many musical prodigies, and Badu has had many rumors regarding her behavior.

Erykah Badu

I remember the first time I heard Badu; I almost fell over with amazement. Her voice is beautiful, and her songs have so much feeling and soul. She is known for Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, and her eccentric style.

Much of her writing is done on the road while she is touring; her very personal lyrics hold emotion and philosophy. Badu has a charity organization that helps inner-city youth with dance, theater, and visual arts.

She has collaborated with many top-named artists such as Prince, Common, Andre 3000, Jill Scott, and many others in the neo-soul genre.

Controversy usually follows many musical prodigies, and Badu has had many rumors regarding her behavior. I guess it's part of being a rock star these days.

I can see Janelle being around for a long time and changing the way women are seen in music by setting a new dress standard.

I can see Janelle being around for a long time and changing the way women are seen in music by setting a new dress standard.

Janelle Monáe

The British sensation has a unique look that consists of wearing her natural hair in a quiff and a tuxedo, which is cute on her small frame.

Her look is different from what you usually see in the entertainment industry, especially among young black female singers. Monáe's fashion has set the trend with her bow tie and white suit.

She signed to Bad Boy Records, and in only one year, her performances have risen on the Billboard charts.

I can see her being around for a long time and changing the way women are seen in music by setting a new dress standard.

Michele has been featured in many other artists' songs, which is actually how I found her music.

Michele has been featured in many other artists' songs, which is actually how I found her music.

Chrisette Michele

This soul singer will get you so caught up in her voice. It is so full of emotion, and the talent she possesses cannot be missed. Her big brown eyes and long-range vocals will have you glad that you listen to R&B music.

The Grammy award winner has made waves in the industry with her style and the old soul that takes you back in time. Michele has been featured in many other artists' songs, which is actually how I found her music.

I was listening to a popular pop record, and her vocals were in the middle, and I wondered who this beautiful singer was. The collaboration between Rick Ross and Drake in 2010 helped bring attention to her new album Let Freedom Reign which showcases dance-pop music.

Solange is a DJ and singer-songwriter. She performs at many celebrity nightclubs; as an actress and model, she is more than just the sister of Beyonce.

Solange is a DJ and singer-songwriter. She performs at many celebrity nightclubs; as an actress and model, she is more than just the sister of Beyonce.

Solange Knowles

Solange is a DJ and singer-songwriter. She performs at many celebrity nightclubs; as an actress and model, she is more than just the sister of Beyonce. She is also a businesswoman with her clothing venture, the Dere'on brand.

Initially studying dance and theatre later, Knowles became managed by her father, Matthew Knowles.

Solange made headlines when she cut her hair short. It was met with criticism, and I wonder if it is because society has gotten so used to seeing black females in the entertainment industry with long weaves and silky hairpieces.

I think it was brave of the songstress to try to step out of the mold and be an individual, but I am sure it is hard to do this with the pressures in media and television to portray a fantasy type appearance.

The sound of Marsha Ambrosius's voice is so clear, and the range is unbelievable; no recording studio can compete with her natural pipes.

The sound of Marsha Ambrosius's voice is so clear, and the range is unbelievable; no recording studio can compete with her natural pipes.

Marsha Ambrosius

Marsha Ambrosius is a member of the duo Floetry, a performance poetry group that was very successful in London. Ambrosius has a natural talent that is unmatched in music today.

She can deliver high to low music in her new album Late Nights and Early Mornings.

Her new solo career gives her more opportunities to get into the producing records of other artists. It is incredible to see her perform live; in most cases, artists sound better on the record, but she sounds better live in her case.

The sound of her voice is so clear, and the range is unbelievable; no recording studio can compete with her natural pipes.

Amel Larrieux debuted in the '90s with the group Groove Theory.

Amel Larrieux debuted in the '90s with the group Groove Theory.

Amel Larrieux

Amel Larrieux debuted in the '90s with the group Groove Theory. Larrieux looks similar to Sade and has some of the same smooth-sounding qualities.

Her beauty is unmatched, and she has amassed an enormous following of loyal fans.

She has put out several albums on her own independent label, where her influences come from soul, jazz, folk, and gospel music.

Her style is very indie and can carry you through the day. Her vocals have been compared to Minnie Riperton.

The artist still tours and puts on sold-out shows of her top-rated album Morning.

Goapele is a South African soul singer whose music highlights the need for political and social change.

Goapele is a South African soul singer whose music highlights the need for political and social change.

Goapele

Goapele is a South African soul singer whose music highlights the need for political and social change. She writes, records, tours, and performs her jazz and soul-inspired songs that reached the Billboard charts.

Most of her work has been as a solo artist in North America. You can see her collaborating with several hip-hop artists.

As a Human Rights Cultural Hero, Goapele participates in rallies for the community of South Africa.

Her new album release, Milk and Honey has more of an old-school feel by increasing the pace for an unexpected ride for her fans.

Jill Scott has a captivating sound that will seduce you and mellow you out at the end of the day.

Jill Scott has a captivating sound that will seduce you and mellow you out at the end of the day.

Jill Scott

Jill Scott is a poet and actress. She has a captivating sound that will seduce you and mellow you out at the end of the day. I really enjoy watching her videos and she has such a pleasant smile that you cannot help but become a loyal fan of her music.

Starting her career as a spoken word artist, she co-wrote the song "You Got Me," which won a Grammy Nomination. Additionally, the song's success lead to more collaborations with popular musicians.

Jazz and neo-soul sounds can be heard in the poetry she puts into songs. Scott has appeared in many films and television episodes as a guest star or actress. Her foundation helps young minority students with financial assistance.

Her music will keep you guessing and wanting more.

Macy Gray is a soul singer-songwriter with a unique voice that is reminiscent of Billie Holiday.

Macy Gray is a soul singer-songwriter with a unique voice that is reminiscent of Billie Holiday.

Macy Gray

Macy Gray is a soul singer-songwriter with a unique voice that is reminiscent of Billie Holiday.

You have probably seen her in films and music videos. Her Grammy nominations and studio albums will leave a legacy. During her time with Epic Records, she produced music with the Black Eye Peas and the soundtrack for Rush Hour 2.

Her live concert performances are great due to her eclectic outfits and hairstyles. She also created a music academy to help underprivileged children.

Corinne Bailey Rae is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist from Leeds, who released her debut album in February 2006.

Corinne Bailey Rae is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist from Leeds, who released her debut album in February 2006.

Corinne Bailey Rae

I was pleasantly surprised about Corinne Jacqueline Bailey. She is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist from Leeds, who released her debut album in February 2006.

Her success continued as she was named the No.1 predicted breakthrough act by a BBC poll. She also became the fourth female British act to debut her first album at number one.

It gets better; she also won two MOBO Awards, Album Of The Year, and Best Contemporary Jazz Album.

She has what it takes to be around for years to come if her selling four million records, with just two albums, worldwide is any proof.

Natural Hair Inspirations

As you can see from this list of black female musicians, many singers celebrate their natural locks.

The primary purpose of this article is to inspire girls who also have or want natural hair. There are many role models you can look up to when you do not want to do another braid out, twist out, or co-wash.

It does take commitment and dedication to rock natural hair through the good and the bad. Having a head of natural hair is something to celebrate and is worth the effort!

Comments

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on September 10, 2020:

With weaves and extensions it is refreshing to see natural hair.

Robert Walker from Los Angeles, CA. on April 24, 2020:

Nice read! I am working on a script about the life of Annie Malone, and one of the people I am doing research work with is Cheryl Morrow whose father is Willie Morrow.

I will share this article with them, and others.

Tess from Hawaii on October 31, 2019:

Many of these women have been natural hair inspirations for me. Great article.

Daryln Cochrane from New York, NY on February 12, 2012:

Nice hub on the sisters. Thanks for sharing this.

Research Analyst (author) on April 25, 2011:

Natural hair may be the option of choice for african american woman who want to maintain healthy hair.

Lovely Planet from Loveliest part of our planet on April 23, 2011:

Nice hub.

Research Analyst (author) on April 08, 2011:

Thanks Jeandarc, I included this wonderful singer to the hub.

Jeandarc on April 07, 2011:

What? Don't Corinne Bailey Rae count as a Black female neo soul singer w/natural hair? Amazing to me how underrated she is.

BIKTMIA on March 26, 2011:

Thanks for the post , takes me a bit with all to comprehend. Really like the looks overall.

Research Analyst (author) on March 21, 2011:

Retro is back!!

Yena Williams from California on March 21, 2011:

These artists are beautiful. Who doesn't love a cute afro? Rated up!

Research Analyst (author) on March 17, 2011:

Lauryn Hill is coming out with a new album soon which will probably be the most anticipated compilation of her career.

mtsi1098 on March 17, 2011:

I think Lauryn Hill is one of the most unappreciated artists and I like both her singing and her hair...thanks

Research Analyst (author) on March 15, 2011:

Thanks for the comments, yes I agree that it is nice to see woman who are in the public eye showing that they are not afraid to show their natural hair.

Triplet Mom from West Coast on March 15, 2011:

Oooooh! I absolutely love this tribute to black hair! And love this musicians/singers as well. Definitely voted up!

Earth Angel on March 15, 2011:

Gorgeous big black hair in all its natural beauty! So glad it's coming back into fashion! Thank you so much for the photos and the stories behind them! Blessings always, EarthAngel!

Emma from Houston TX on March 15, 2011:

Great hub that i enjoyed a lot.

RevLady from Lantana, Florida on March 15, 2011:

Very interesting. It seems Black hair has come full circle and back to where it started in the 60's. Voted up!

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Nan on March 15, 2011:

Very informative hub. These women are beautiful and it would not matter how they wore their hair! Acceptance of your hair and looks is not that easy for some women and they need to work on acceptance. A lot of money is spent on the maintenance of hair both black and white. Everybody want to look beautiful!

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