Natural Hair: The Returning in the Fashion Industry



Some of the most talked about beauty moments of the season have come via black models whose natural hair has taken center stage. The model, Lineisy Montero, stole the show at one of Prada’s catwalk with her short Afro, adorned with a bejeweled barrette, and also at Balenciaga, other black beauty models all wore close-cropped natural hair with Alexander Wang’s demure collection.


Photo: Alessandro Garofalo /  / Model: Lineisy Montero

Montero brought her same style to Celine’s Paris catwalk.  These looks stood out when compared with the lineup of pin-straight ponytails and waves, but they also differed from how we typically see black models on the runways. Relaxed hair, often enhanced with extensions, has become the norm, and the majority of models from supers like Naomi Campbell onward wear some variation of the look. It’s very unusual to see a girl with a natural Afro texture these days. Most girls have their hair relaxed or a lot of hair extensions or it has to be blown out to ‘fit in’ with the look of the other girls.


Photo: Alessandro Garofalo /

The switch to a short Afro has resulted in choice bookings and an elevated profile, but fashion’s acceptance of natural hair has been a long time coming. The thing “Good Hair” got wrong was that hair extensions weren’t about wanting to look white, but they were about wanting to stay in the game.


Photo: Alessandro Garofalo /


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