Beauty & The Beat: Tinashe

Tinashe | Hype HairSinger-songwriter Tinashe has blazed onto the scene with her heavily anticipated debut studio album, Aquarius, which dropped last month via RCA Records.

The album, which Tinashe wrote and recorded in New York, London, and Los Angeles, finds the budding star at the forefront of modern R&B. Aquarius’ dynamic set of songs nod to her ’90s upbringing with their DNA planted firmly in the future.

Tinashe shaped the album over the course of 2013 and 2014 with the likes of DJ Mustard, Redwine and DJ Marley Waters (all three producing on the ubiquitous “2 On” featuring ScHoolboy Q), Boi-1da, Jasper, Future, Stargate and several other surprise guests.


The stunning 21-year-old singer, songwriter, producer, and performer radiates a distinct and dynamic vision of R&B punctuated by a hip-hop attitude and pop flavor. Between 2012 and 2013, Tinashe released three critically acclaimed self-made mixtapes, 2012’s In Case We Die and Reverie, and 2013’s Black Water.

Building up to the release of Aquarius, Tinashe has received unanimous acclaim across the board from the likes of The FADER, Billboard, V Magazine, Teen Vogue, Paper Magazine, Marie Claire, Nylon, Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, Noisey, Dazed and Confused, VIBE, and beyond

Hype Hair: Tell us about your new project.
Tinashe: Aquarius is my official album introduction to the world and represents a new season of music and art. I cannot wait to finally share with the world what I have been working so hard on for the past few years. This is just the beginning. I’m really excited about this project because of all the hard work I have put into it and I’m just excited for people to hear it.

HH: What are your hairstyle faves?
Tinashe: It depends what kind of mood I’m in. Most of the time I go with the beachy curls. I’m a SoCal girl, what can I say.

HH: And your regimen to keep you hair looking fabulous?
Tinashe: I use Wen. It keeps my hair from drying out, which it tends to do if I don’t take care of it. I also try to avoid heat styling every single day.

HH: Every diva has her hair product must haves. What are yours?
Tinashe: Wen’s Sweet Almond Mint Conditioner, hair spray, and a shower cap (yup I said it).

HH: And how do you feel about extensions?
Tinashe: “Bring them on!”

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