Hairstyle File: Mary J. Blige

When Mary J. Blige first stepped on the scene, we fell in love with her edgy, urban flavor and rich, soulful sound. But let's not forget Queen Mary was also a head turner because of her sassy hairstyles, too. As the songstress preps for her ESSENCE Festival this week, we remember her hottest looks of all time.
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 01, 2015

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At an early performance at the Beacon Theater, Blige rocked gilded lipstick to match her golden locks.

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At the 1995 Billboard Music Awards, Blige sported a mod-inspired, honey-blonde flip.

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Blige accessorized her high blonde ponytail with a jeweled bindhi at the Sounds & Vision concert.

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At an appearance in ’98, Blige looked every inch a princess in this curly upsweep.

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In the late '90s, Blige switched up her look with a short, fiery red pixie look.

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Blige sported a warm, auburn-toned blowout at a 1999 awards show after-party.

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At the 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, Blige rocked a platinum feathered ’do with crimson lips and emerald eyes.

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At the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, Blige wore a sharp, razor-cut asymmetric bob with golden streaks.

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At the 2002 MTV VMA’s, Blige rocked a bright, sunny yellow pixie wig with sexy spikes.

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Blige went for soft, caramel highlights, long layers and bangs at the MTV VMA’s the following year.

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At a performance at the Beacon Theater, Blige painstakingly curled golden locks inspired by Marilyn Monroe.

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At the ABC Television Network Upfront, Blige looked fresh and radiant with this center-parted, golden blonde blowout.

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At the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Blige looked uptown chic with heavy bangs and a flawless bob.

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At the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Blige rocked the ever-popular “rooster” ’do: short on the sides and long on top.

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Blige dazzled in this softly layered, wispy, shoulder-length cut. We love the almost-platinum hair hue!

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At Variety’s ‘Power of Women’ event in September, Blige stood out in a subtly streaked platinum bob with heavy bangs.

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At Perez Hilton’s ‘One Night in New York City’ event in October, Blige was incredibly glam in full, flipped curls with face-framing layers.

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MJB took the high road at the BET Awards in June when she arrived wearing a golden ponytail with full bangs.

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At the FiFi Awards later the same month, Blige pinned up her ponytail and created a dazzling top knot with lush, layered bangs.

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Blige looked better than ever at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, where she rocked a high, I Dream of Jeannie ponyail and a heavy, eyelash-grazing bang.

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At the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival, Blige looked so chic with this swingy, gold-streaked bob.

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At the Art for Life Benefit, Blige was sophisticated in a graceful upsweep and full bangs.

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We fell in love with Blige’s fierce angled bob when she arrived at the RPM Nightclub at the Tropicana Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Blige turned heads on the red carpet at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards in an elegant rolled, pin-up style. A side part offers a dramatic, gold sweep which is totally fit for a Queen!

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At the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, MJB turned up the glam in a chin-length, curly bob with dark roots.

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Blige arrived on the red carpet of the Rock of Ages premiere wearing her trademark honey-blonde tresses in a chic side roll.

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Blige attended the 22nd annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards in a easy, elegant upsweep with a chic side-swept bang.

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Mary celebrates the 20th anniversary of VIBE magazine with a side part and beachy waves cascading down the right side of her face.

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Mary flaunts an asymmetric bob with a tapered back at the 2014 American Music Awards.

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At a performance at the Casa Reale Fine Jewelry Launch, Blige rocked gilded lipstick to match her classic blonde bob.


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