After making history with her record-breaking album A Seat At The Table and pretty much providing the musical soundscape for #Blackgirlmagic, Solange made her debut appearance on Saturday Night Live last night (Nov. 5). It was the first time she sang any tracks off the album on live television and we weren’t sure what to anticipate most: whether she would be performing our newest hair anthem Don’t Touch My Hair or the hairstyle she would be rocking.
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Thankfully, she delivered on both – giving us an all-white everything performance of the tune with Sampha for her second set – including a dance breakdown – while rocking a larger than life blown out afro with all the movement we could ask for. But, even more stunning was the look she rocked for her first performance.
The singer took to the stage in total formation with her background singers to perform Cranes In The Sky with all of them sporting a mix of cornrows and textured tresses. Solange, however, stole the show with her huge wired and beaded hair halo created by stylist Shani Crowe.
Shani, who has become renown for creating art masterpieces with her hair designs, posted a couple of behind-the-scenes look on Instagram. One shows her creating a base of waved cornrows braided into a bun. The other shows the finished look from behind.
She shared that it took more than 40 hours of detailed beading and braiding to create the dramatic ‘do. We agree that it was definitely time well spent!
Man oh man. Love is real and this is proof. It's been a pleasure to work with someone with such magic and integrity. Not to mention the whole team of outstanding artists, musicians, and all around good people. 40+ hours of beading and braiding well spent. I have so many feelings! Infinite Gratitude for such Divine synergy! #cranes #SNL @saintrecords
Click through to watch both performances and all of the black hair magic in action.