Charlene Haparimwi

Charlene Haparimwi

Chicago based freelance writer.

I've done freelance writing for HelloGiggles, Huffington Post, Seventeen & Hooligan Mag about intersectional feminism, fashion + beauty, and positive news stories. Email:

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A Practical Guide to Decorating Your Natural Hair - Racked

Ever since I got the big chop almost a year ago, I always look for cool ways to decorate my natural hair. I've found a whole world of accessories to decorate my teeny weeny Afro — from scarves and flowers to bows and headbands, my gorgeous curls are never boring.

When you add a pop of color, braid in some flowers, cover up with a colorful scarf, or adorn with a cute headband, you’re showing your style, showing yourself, and showing your natural hair some love. You’re also part of a great tradition.

Decorating natural hair has a history in the arts. From musicians like Billie Holiday to artists like Frida Kahlo, many women of color have turned to chic accessories to decorate their cute curls.

Let’s start with style icon and legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday: