Hair Cuts: The Long & Short of It, Part 2

When it comes to hairstyles, many women manage to look great in both long and short styles. But at the end of the day, we firmly believe that you're either a "long hair" or "short hair" girl (for example, Halle Berry looks gorgeous both ways, but her pixie cut is just a tad bit more magical!). Check out our gallery of ten celebs who've rocked both looks...and our verdict as to whether they should stick to lengthy locks or a cropped cut.
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 26, 2010

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When it comes to haircuts, many women look great in both long and short styles. But at the end of the day, we firmly believe that you’re either a “long hair” or “short hair” girl (for example, Vanessa Simmons looks gorgeous both ways, but her cropped, curly ‘do is just a tad bit cooler!). Here, a roundup of celebs who’ve rocked both looks…and whether we think they should stick with lengthy locks or a cropped cut.

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Dirty Money singer Dawn Richard recently shed her over-the-top Danity Kane-weave in favor of a more edgy, fashion-forward bowl cut.

VERDICT: Short Hair Girl

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Oscar nominee Viola Davis switches back and forth between her razor-shorn short ’do and a wavy, shoulder-length style. We think the longer look is softer and more youthful-looking.

VERDICT: Long Hair Girl

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Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks was all about her lush long waves—until about a year ago, when she had her hair cut into a crisp little shag. The ’do opens up her face, allowing her delicate features to shine…plus, we think it looks so cute tucked behind her ears.

VERDICT: Short Hair Girl

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Keri Hilson loves experimenting with new styles, and she looks just as fierce with her short, wavy shag is she does with her longer, darker style. However, we think her new shoulder-length ’do is ridiculously chic…those side-swept bangs are hot!

VERDICT: Long Hair Girl

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Malinda Williams’ super-short pixie ’do was beyond fly—but at the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, she debuted a longer, curly style that had everyone raving. We love the flirty pin, too!

VERDICT: Long Hair Girl

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For most of her career, up until the Avatar premiere, Zoe Saldana was all about long, flowing locks. Her hair was stunning, but her clavicle-length waves have kickstarted a whole new trend.

VERDICT: Short Hair Girl

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Supermodel Sessilee Lopez rocked a mile-long weave for a couple seasons before revealing a whole new, boyish cut. We think the short style sets her apart from the pack, and flawlessly frames her cheekbones.

VERDICT: Short Hair Girl

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On the first season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Nene Leakes sported long, bodacious Barbie curls. The next season, she revitalized her look with a sleek 1960’s Sassoon cut that made her look a zillion times more chic.

VERDICT: Short Hair Girl

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In the early ‘90s, Toni Braxton’s short haircut inspired thousands of girls to chop off their locks. After the style became ubiquitous, she started rocking extensions—and now she’s back to her short roots! Her extensions were pretty, but they tended to overwhelm her tiny frame.

VERDICT: The Original Short Hair Girl!

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