Why Beyoncé's Hair In "Formation" Is So Important

Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment.
Beyoncé stopped the world with the release of her video on the eve of her second Super Bowl performance.

The five-minute ode to all things Black, Southern, and bossy is compelling in so many ways, but Bey's amazing tresses truly stand out.

The Texas native has been a blonde bombshell since she debuted with Destiny's Child in 1998. She's spent the bulk of her unparalleled career rotating between extremely long-and-flowing platinum and darker-blonde hair, though she's experimented with length as well as black and brown hues.

"Formation" presents a Bey unafraid to play with new looks. In the video, she flirts with multiple natural hairstyles, including bum-length box braids, freeform curls, and low ponytails.

It's a cool departure from what we're used to seeing and we were curious about the multiple designs with an emphasis on natural Black hair. So we chatted by email with Kim Kimble, the primary hairstylist who collaborated on "Formation," about her hair inspiration.

Click through for some inside scoop and insights.

More from Hair

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Documentary
Five love stories behind diverse, multicultural marriages.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Life experiments, 5 days at a time.
Watch Now
Fashion
The style of subculture.
Watch Now
Beauty
Viral trends, tried and tested.
Watch Now
Documentary
From vibrators to lipstick, learn how your favorite products are made.
Watch Now
Documentary
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
Documentary
The latest stories to watch.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Inside the homes of millennial women — & what they paid for them
Watch Now
Comedy
Let's talk about sex, baby.
Watch Now
Documentary
Female artisans around the world
Watch Now
Politics
Made by and for smart, opinionated women.
Watch Now
Film
We helped 12 female directors claim their power.