1962: Actress Cicely Tyson wears cornrows on the television drama "East Side/West Side." 1966: Model Pat Evans defies both black and white standards of beauty and shaves her head. 1968: Actress Diahann Carroll is the first black woman to star in a television network series, "Julia." She is a darker version of the all-American girl with straightened, curled hair. 1970: Angela Davis becomes an icon of Black Power with her large afro. 1971: Melba Tolliver is fired from the ABC affiliate in New York for wearing an afro while covering Tricia Nixon's wedding. 1977: The Jheri curl explodes on the black hair scene. Billed as a curly perm for blacks, the ultra-moist hairstyle lasts through the 1980s. 1979: Braids and beads cross the color line when Bo Derek appears with cornrows in the movie "10."
Diahann Carroll1980: Model-actress Grace Jones sports her trademark flat-top fade. 1988: Spike Lee exposes the good hair/bad hair light-skinned/dark-skinned schism in black American in his movie "School Daze." 1990: "Sisters love the weave," "Essence" magazine declares. A variety of natural styles and locks also become more accepted. 1997: Singer Erykah Badu poses on the cover of her debut album "Baduizm" with her head wrapped, ushering in an eclectic brand of Afrocentrism. 1998: Carson Inc., creator of Dark & Lovely and Magic Shave for black men, acquires the black-owned beauty company Johnson Products of Chicago in 1998. L'Oreal purchases Carson two years later and merges it with Soft Sheen. 1999: "People" magazine names lock-topped Grammy award-winning artist Lauryn Hill one of its 50 Most Beautiful People.