Ciaras Rooted Video is a Masterful Ode to Black HairHere are Our 12 Favorite Moments

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

These looks left us speechless.

Ciara released visuals for her new single “Rooted” this week and we just can’t get enough of all the beautiful Black hair moments. Braids, twists, beads, bantu knots—you name it, it’s in there. The 34-year-old singer donned three different styles herself: an afro, braids and loose textured curl. These hair moments shined against other powerful imagery of the late Breonna Taylor who has since her murder has become a symbol of racial injustice.

CiCi’s message is clear when she sings, “Young girl stay rooted, I done plant my seeds now I'm rooted, Brown skin poppin', I'm rooted, ATL bred, I'm rooted, Rooted, nappy head rooted.” We’re still riding a high from Beyoncé’s visuals for Black Is King, and now we have more meaningful Black stills to gorge our eyes on. The C-Squad seems to be on the same page regarding the visuals.

Celebrity hairstylist Kiyah Wright was responsible for Ciara’s mane magic on set.

In addition to her work, there were plenty of hair shine to go around—ladies, men, babies and more—the representation was there. Let’s get into all of the Black hair moments that left us speechless.


This look is all about volume! If you want to pump up the volume on your hair try our favorite mousses of 2020.


Braids, on heads big and small, had a moment. If you need ideas for braided style, look no further than here.


These neon cornrows are perfect to beat the summer quarantine blues. Add color to your look with bright extensions like pictured here, or try a temporary dye at home.


If you want to master coils like these then curl cream should to be your best friend.


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Bantu Knots

Bantu Knots are on our list of favorite protective styles for short hair, and now you see why.


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Beads and Shells

Adorning your braids with beads, shells and more will take them to the next level. Wouldn't you agree?

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