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Erykah Badu, Houston’s own Solange Knowles and Ledisi have each snagged their own covers of Essence.  The May 2014 issue is dedicated to natural hair. Inside, each singer talked about their style. Ledisi said about her locs,

“Although I’m known for my long, colorful locs, I still don’t take my hair too seriously. I experiment a lot, dyeing it and constantly switching styles to grab attention. My hair is one of my best accessories and changing it helps express  who I am.”

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Solange said about her style,

“We all have the option of how we want to express ourselves through our life, hair, style or whatever we decide. We shouldn’t be pigeonholed into any one category.”

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And Erykah Badu said that she sees her hair and clothes as “functional art.” She added,

“I’m my own stylist and I love it, but I am not trying to make a statement.”

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The May issue of Essence will hit stands on April 4th.

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