Lian­ne La Havas is an excit­ing new face on the music scene. With adorable style, gor­geous nat­u­ral hair, a soul­ful voice and addic­tive music she caught our atten­tion as a wom­an to watch. Her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough, was named ITunes Album of the Year, and her per­for­mance at the 2013 SXSW con­fer­ence solid­i­fied her grow­ing star­dom. We got a chance to talk to the singer about her increas­ing acclaim, her sig­na­ture bun and how exact­ly she man­ages her hair at pho­to­shoots.

Your debut album “Is Your Love Big Enough” was well received all around the world and espe­cial­ly here in the U.S. It was based on your past rela­tion­ships. How does it feel to gar­ner such major suc­cess from your per­son­al truths?
It feels great. I nev­er expect­ed so many peo­ple could hear the record and like it. It feels great like a dream come true.

Have you been con­tact­ed by any past loves since your album debut­ed? They can of course eat their heart out now!
Yes. But the one in par­tic­u­lar that I always talk about is so stub­born that he didn’t con­tact me. He just doesn’t real­ly care. So I don’t real­ly speak to him any­way so it’s fine.

Who or what inspired you to sing?
My fam­i­ly was very musi­cal. My ear­li­est mem­o­ries come from me singing hym­nals with my great-grand­moth­er around the age of 5. My father also played gui­tar which I remem­ber singing to. My moth­er was a big fan of Mary J. Blige and Jill Scott and their songs real­ly made an impres­sion on me. 

In 2011, you toured with Bon Iver and this year, you’re the head­lin­ing act! Do you see a change in tour­ing this time around?
Well it’s def­i­nite­ly more work when you’re doing your own tour. It’s a lot of trav­el­ing which is great because I feel very lucky that my job allows me to trav­el all over the world. It’s a bit more excit­ing because all of those audi­ences are there just for you. It feels like every­one is appre­ci­at­ing what we’re doing and it feels great.

Let’s talk hair! Have you always rocked a head of nat­u­ral curls? If not, when did you begin to embrace your nat­u­ral hair?
I used to relax my hair when I was at teenager from the age of 13- 19. Then I just real­ized and peo­ple would tell me how bad it was for my hair. You would just hear the­se hor­ror sto­ries of girl’s hair falling out and break­ing and my hair actu­al­ly broke off and it was just dev­as­tat­ing. I make it a point now to nev­er ever chem­i­cal­ly straight­en my hair. Espe­cial­ly when I’m on tour, it’s eas­ier. Some­times I do blow-dry it and use a curler and add a few extra curls. More often than not I just keep it nat­u­ral now.


Since you’re tour­ing across the U.S. do you have any time to main­tain a dai­ly rou­tine?
Yes, I try to make sure the hair is always mois­tur­ized because it dries real­ly quick­ly. I have to put oils back into it. After wash­ing, I like to leave a bit of con­di­tion­er in my hair and let it dry. I make sure I do that every day and wash it every cou­ple of days.

When you first debut­ed, you rocked your hair in a bun most of the time. Is that your favorite style to wear?
Yes. It used to be just very con­ve­nient to do it like that because it got it out of my face and it looked kind of quirky. Recent­ly I got a hair­cut and it’s not long enough to do it in a bun like. I’m still exper­i­ment­ing with styles. As long as it’s that ele­ment of it being to one side. I don’t like it in the cen­ter.


Do you have any go-to prod­ucts that you must have on your tour with you at all times?
I’ve just got­ten new stuff by Kera Care. It’s called a super recon­struct­ing hair mask and I do that once a week. It keeps my hair real­ly mois­tur­ized and it keeps the curls real­ly defined. I can’t live with­out it.

Your hair is big and bold. Have you ever expe­ri­enced any weird hair moments back home or the U.S?
Back at home, when I did my first pho­to shoot for a mag­a­zine, the hair dresser didn’t seem to know what to do my hair. When I look at that pho­to I just wish they knew what to do with it because it was hard for me to explain and I was very par­tic­u­lar about the style it should be.

Basi­cal­ly, they gave me a weird side pony­tail and it was real­ly frizzy. I just real­ly want­ed to do it myself but they wouldn’t let me. Luck­i­ly now, every time I do some­thing like that, they are briefed about my hair. It’s an issue that needs to be talked about before hand.

What artists and or songs do you cur­rent­ly have on repeat right now?
I still lis­ten to a lot of Erykah Badu. Prob­a­bly an unhealthy amount of Erykah Badu. I real­ly like music from the 90s and ear­ly 2000s. So I’m lis­ten­ing a lot to her Mama’s Gun album which is one of my favorites. Also, I love Lit­tle Drag­on. You’ll def­i­nite­ly find them on repeat on my ipod!

You can fol­low Lian­ne on Twit­ter @liannelahavas, and check out our BGLH Style fea­ture where we break down her adorable and quirky style!

Tex­an by birth, Los Ange­leno by sit­u­a­tion. Lover of Tame Impala and Shoegaze music. Come­di­an by trade. Mac­a­roni and Cheese con­nois­seur by appetite.

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