A Brief History of Music’s Most Epic Afros

The new Mars Volta album is out this week, and while we’ve not always been able to digest the band’s multi-part prog opuses, we’ve always admired them for at least one reason: their hair. We don’t want to be overly superficial here, but core Mars Volta duo Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López have sported two of the best Afros in music over the last decade or so, and the duo’s hair has inspired serious Afro envy in irredeemably white and boringly straight-haired music journalists like us. So to celebrate the release of Noctourniquet, we thought we’d have a light-hearted look at some of the other glorious ‘fros that have bedizened the world of music over the years. Who did we miss?

The Mars Volta

So, yes, the best thing about the Mars Volta — before Cedric Bixler-Zavala cut his hair, anyway — was the distinct personality of the Afros that adorned the band’s key personnel. Omar Rodríguez-López rocked the freeform, growing-in-all-directions version, while Bixler-Zavala went for the more tightly-wound helmet style. It’s amazing how much you can tell about a person from their ‘fro, eh?