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Mu­si­cian Esper­anza Spald­ing talks hair, beauty and self-es­teem

To say that we’re com­pletely ob­sessed with singer Esper­anza Spald­ing’s curls would be an un­der­state­ment. Her num­ber-one rule for mak­ing nat­u­ral curls look great? Let them do their own thing!

Esper­anza Spald­ing is our cur­rent mu­sic icon and hair crush. We’ve watched this clas­si­cally trained jazz singer and bassist rock­ing those curls ev­ery­where from the Grammy Awards to the White House – and how she em­braces her hair’s nat­u­ral tex­ture is the ul­ti­mate beauty in­spi­ra­tion.

“I let my curls do their thing – when my hair is wild, that’s when it’s do­ing its best thing,” says 32-year-old Esper­anza. She es­pe­cially likes it big and brushed out: “I feel I can pick up more in­spi­ra­tion – you know, like my an­ten­nae are up.”

With her fifth al­bum, Emily’s D+evo­lu­tion, out this year, the Port­land, Ore­gon na­tive put down her bass to talk beauty and self-es­teem.

When did you start to love your curls?

At 15, I de­cided to bleach my hair, re­lax it, colour it – I did ev­ery­thing. At 17, when I left home [for Berklee Col­lege of Mu­sic in Bos­ton], I shaved my hair to less than a cen­time­tre on my head. As it grew into an Afro, I liked that look. And it’s pretty much been grow­ing out like that ever since. I like to let it be com­pletely wild; it forces me to face peo­ple not know­ing how I’m be­ing seen. I don’t know what it’s do­ing and I just have to be cool with that – es­pe­cially if I’m around some­body new. I’m like, “All right, let’s go. This is it, un­fil­tered.”

Your brushed-out ’Fro is your sig­na­ture look, but it wasn’t al­ways. How did you deal with your hair grow­ing up?

Grow­ing up, my hair was no fun at all. My mom never let me flat­iron it or put re­laxer in it; she wanted me to em­brace what my hair did nat­u­rally. I was al­lowed to brush it and let it dry, but that was it.

When I was 12, my hair was re­ally thick and su­per curly – so dense and im­pos­si­ble. I went through a very em­bar­rass­ing few years there. I just wanted to get my hair out of my life, out of the way, out of peo­ple’s sight and away from ev­ery­thing be­cause it was so crazy.

For your new al­bum and tour, you wear your hair in un­char­ac­ter­is­tic braids. Why did you de­part from your usual style?

Emily, which is my mid­dle name and what I was called grow­ing up, is my on-stage al­ter ego. She’s also the in­spi­ra­tion for Emily’s D+evo­lu­tion. Her look re­flects who she is and what she’s about, and draws from my child­hood. Her hair is dif­fer­ent from how I usu­ally wear it: she has long, twisted-down braids, soak­ing up the en­ergy of her world.

Walk us through your styling rou­tine

Once I’ve washed my hair, I work in a sul­phate-free con­di­tioner. I get it su­per goopy in the shower – think jel­ly­fish con­sis­tency – and I de­tan­gle my hair with my fin­gers. I don’t wash out the con­di­tioner; I just let it air-dry.

When I want my locks in Afro mode, I brush ev­ery­thing out with a pad­dle brush. Brush­ing is my one com­mit­ment when it comes to my hair; it can take an hour, but that’s when I watch the news or phone my mom. Brush­ing my hair when it’s dry seems to help it do what I like, which is this wild, fraz­zled thing – all kinds of messed up.

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