Chaka Khan // Natural Hair Celebrity

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After I went natural back in ’06 and was scouring the web looking for ‘hairspiration’, pictures of Chaka Khan popped up in many Fotki albums. I had always known her music, but when I began studying her early style I learned that her huge, soft hair was a trademark.

I know that in recent years she’s worn a lot of wigs and extensions, but I still draw inspiration from early Chaka. Aside from her hair she was just a really cool chick back in the day. She had a laid-back vibe and an eclectic style that I really relate to.

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I also randomly found this vid of Chaka rocking big hair and playing drums on CBS in 1976.

Awesome, no?

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Black Girl With Long Hair

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila, founding editor of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008), social media and black beauty enthusiast. When I'm not here, I'm moderating a Facebook group for black mothers called Black Moms Connect.


14 thoughts on “Chaka Khan // Natural Hair Celebrity

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  2. Chaka is too cute lol, still has the trademark smile & hair going on. Actually went to the Essence site to what other photos they had and came across this ‘Natural Hair’ gallery. Sorry if this has been mentioned here before but this -> ain’t natural.
    This is, in fact, a bloody slap in the face; and calling it ‘African American’ hair? Are they afraid to say ‘Black’? This is the height of ridiculousness. If I weren’t so aghast, I’d laugh.

  3. and BGLH, kindly submit some of your photos to Essence to show them what a REAL NATURAL HAIR GALLERY looks like. Scheupssssssss.

  4. Funny coincidence: my uncle just told me that I reminded him of Chaka Khan at a family bbq. I wasn’t sure if it was a compliment, until I saw the nostalgia in his eyes and this post confirms it. Go Chaka!

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  6. I absolutely love Chaka Khan. I have been a fan of hers for years. Plus we both rep Chicago as our hometowns. When I was younger I would sing her songs a lot. Her hair and style was and still is both eccentric and sophisticated! She is my favorite R&B singer of all time!

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