Last year the pompadour wearing singer Janelle Monae took a break from her uniform and signature look and sported long wavy hair in her music video Apocalyptic. It’s up for debate whether or not the hair was Janelle’s own straightened locks or if she had the help of extensions. Nevertheless, Janelle seems to have a very confident feeling toward her hair and appearance on a whole. In an interview with Glamour she said about her hair:
Growing up, my mom put relaxer on it. When I was 18, I grew it out and wore it natural, and I haven’t turned back. Then I figured out my style by experimenting. I wanted a look I could walk into a dinner party with and also wear to rock out onstage.
When Glamour asked if the singer really does her hair herself, she responded:
I do! I don’t want anyone on shoots or video sets to know how to re-create it. I want the next generation of girls to feel empowered to cultivate their own style and know that they don’t have to be conformists. My style is The Monáe. Figure out yours.