Hair Icon: Aretha Franklin’s Biggest Hair Moments

Aretha Franklin
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Days after reports of her failing health, legendary singer Aretha Franklin has died. The undisputed Queen of Soul passed away Thursday (Aug. 16) morning at the age of 76 after battling with pancreatic cancer. 

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For more than 60 years, the R&B icon gave us music magic. She was the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold more than 75 million records.

The vocal powerhouse was never one to shy away from drama — whether through fashion, news of the day or her often over-the-top hair. She reportedly once said, “I’m a big woman. I need big hair.”

From kinky coily afros and beehives to voluminous bob flips and every other trending style you could imagine, the Queen always delivered. She was Black, woke and unapologetic before it was a ‘thing’, inspiring us to celebrate all of our Black beauty.

Here, we take a moment to celebrate her Black beauty through six decades of her biggest hair moments.

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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