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Our natural hair has always been our crown. But throughout the decades, it hasn't always been easy to see it that way.
Whether through law or just as a way to survive, Black women have long had to force our hair to do what it wasn't meant to do naturally: lay down flat and straight.
Until this past decade, we only witnessed representation of natural hair in spurts, and before that I'm not sure we even had the chance to realize just how gorgeous and versatile textured strands can be.
However, there have always been a handful of bold women in the public sphere who were willing to take risks to ensure the rest of us felt seen.
Here, we take a look back at some of the most memorable moments in TV and movie history that paved the way for Hollywood's slow embrace of natural hair.
This is All Natural. From the kinkiest coils to loose waves, we're celebrating natural hair in its many forms by sharing expert tips for styling, maintenance, and haircare.