Black Music Month: Hottest Hairstyles in Music

It's the start of a new season, and hair girls everywhere are dying to update their look with a new style. The question is -- which cut do you choose? Kelis' curly, crimson-hued crop? Esperanza's fluffy 'fro? Or what about Kelly Rowland's long-bangs-and-blowout moment? Don't fret -- for your inspiration (and in honor of Black Music Month), we gathered together the top twenty best hairstyles in music today!
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 06, 2011

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Rihanna goes for retro glam in this pin-up girl inspired ’do. We love the cool rolls in front!

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Beyonce rocks a natural, easy-breezy look with this subtly layered, long blonde blowout.

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Toni Braxton’s short, curly pixie shows off her gorgeous doe eyes.

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In one year, Solange went from a short natural to wild, shoulder-length curls! The fashion-forward songstress always keeps us inspired.

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At the MTV Movie Awards, Nicki Minaj turned heads with this surprisingly conservative flapper bob. Love!

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Melanie Fiona defines simple chic by pinning back one side of her mile-long, thick black tresses.

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Mary J. Blige is the picture of sophistication with her elegant bun and full, blonde bangs.

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Marsha Ambrosius’ adds definition to her natural curls by winding a few face-framing strands around a curling iron.

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Kelly Rowland’s long, swooping bangs give her look a mysterious sexiness.

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We love the ease and effortless chic of Kelis’ cropped crimson curls.

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Jordin Sparks is resplendent in a riot of natural ringlets.

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Janet Jackson’s boyish pompadour has recharged her style in the best possible way.

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Estelle adds a modern spin to her short bowl cut by dying it a sexy eggplant shade.

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With her enormous, fluffy ’fro, Esperanza Spalding has become an icon to natural women everywhere.

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Eve’s high, “I Dream of Jeannie” ponytail is both fresh and uber-cool.

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Keri Hilson’s manages to add rock star edge to a shoulder-length bob with an inch or so of dark roots.

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Whether she rocks a corn-rowed natural or this short, architectural cut, Jill Scott is always ahead of the trends.

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Ciara adds oomph to her ’do by adding in some bleached blonde streaks along the bottom.

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Chrisette Michele’s platinum blonde TWA spawned a zillion imitators this year.

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Alicia Keys caused quite a stir with this high-volume, super-sculptural updo.

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