2010: The Hottest Hairstyles of the Year


2010 was the year of a zillion chic hair trends! From the ubiquitous messy side braid to bangs, bangs, and more bangs (a’la Jennifer Hudson), each trend was sexier than the last. Here, we look back at the top ten most memorable mane moments of the year.

Chic Curls

Thandie Newton shapes her bouncy curls by wrapping small sections around the barrel of a half-inch curling iron. To add a glossy sheen, finish with a spritz of shine serum like Ellin Lavar Liquid Glass ($4.99, ellinlavar.com).

Side Braid

Joy Bryant’s loose braid is both youthful and effortlessly chic. For a casual look, leave out a few face-framing strands. The messier, the better!

Messy Updo

When it comes to evening hair, the messy updo allows you to fancy without being fussy. We adore Gabrielle Union’s perfectly imperfect, tousled style.

Bowl Cut

Dirty Money’s Dawn Richard is a purist when it comes to her bowl cut–it’s a perfect retread of Halle Berry’s “Boomerang”-era hairdo. We love the jet black hue, too!


From Erykah Badu to Mary J. Blige, celebs were all about going platinum in 2010! At the BET Hip Hop Awards, coif chameleon Nicki Minaj turned heads in a white-blonde wig and bubble gum pink lips.

Faux Bob

The faux bob was a great option for long-haired women who wanted the versatility of a bob—without chopping their tresses. Kerry Washington’s artfully tousled, curled layers give her faux bob a natural look.


The side-shave was a bold option for edgy celebs from Willow Smith to Cassie. Here, the model/actress/singer goes for serious, in-your-face drama with this half-bald hairstyle.

Electric Red Hair

When Rihanna debuted her cherry popsicle-hued ‘do this summer, a zillion celebs immediately followed her lead! The striking color isn’t for everyone—but it’s definitely an attention-getter. We can’t wait to see what hair hue Rihanna goes for next…

Short Natural

From Solange to Chrisette Michele, a slew of celebs chopped their tresses into super-short, curly naturals in 2010. Ever the coif chameleon, Kelis struck the right note with her bright-red, super-curly crop. We love the strawberry blonde eyebrows and emerald green eyeliner!