Hair Icon: Four Decades Of Prince’s Hair Reign


As we all mourn the news of Prince’s passing today (April 21) at the age of 57, we look to honor just one aspect of the indelible impact the widely acclaimed legend had on music, fashion and the world.

When the Minnesota-native first burst onto the scene in the late ’70s he became as renown for his eccentric style as he was for his revolutionary sound. And, as his sound evolved over the course of 39 studio albums in his career, so did his hair.

[SEE ALSO: Prince’s Top 10 Most Hairconic Album Covers]

From afros and finger waves to pixies and pin curls, the Purple One rocked just about every hairstyle imaginable serving major hair inspiration that invoked both hair envy and sex appeal in one fell swoop.

As we celebrate his memory, click through to view four decades of Prince Rogers Nelson’s hair reign.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. she is a Black beauty editor; founder of Sadiaa, the premiere beauty directory for women of color, and editor for