05/16/2013 12:19 pm ET

Goapele Goes Natural


Many of us are fans of Goapele's rich vocal and soothing sound, but there's something to be said about the singer's intricate hairstyles, too. Over the years she's worn nearly every hairstyle in the book, from bone-straight strands to intricate cornrows. Nowadays, Goapele is rocking a one-of-a-kind asymetric look as she transitions back to natural.
We sat down with the star to gain insight on her hair switcheroos and chat about why hair is so important to Black culture.

ESSENCE: How are you wearing your hair now?

GOAPELE: I’m going back natural now. Now I’ve tried dreads, I was flat ironing my hair and trying all different kinds of styles and it was fun doing up-does and pony tails and trying different kinds of styles that I couldn’t do before and then I just felt like I was ready for a change again and that happens to me every now and then after I feel like I’ve done everything I can and now I’m ready for a change again. Also my hair was feeling like it wasn’t as healthy when I flat ironed it all the time. I wanted it to be back to a state where it felt like it was thriving so I think that my hair’s happiest natural and there’s that hairstyle for everyone where you feel like my hair is agreeing with this, so I just cut it off recently again and I’m going back natural. I also wanted something funky that didn’t feel too conservative, where I could still have my personality in it.