Hot Hair: 100 Best Summer Star Styles

Hot Hair: 100 Best Summer Star Styles
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 20, 2011

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This wavy, messy upsweep is the quintessential easy-breezy summer ’do.

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Gabrielle Union rocked a tight, half-up/half-down style to the BET Awards.

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At the 2011 VH1 Do Something Awards, Kerry Washington rocked a gorgeous, deliberately disheveled chignon.

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Kerry Washington’s sleek, minimalist hairdo is proof that less can definitely be more. Her center-parted, super-glossy blowout is a timeless classic that flatters every face shape.

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At a press conference for ‘The Help,’ Viola Davis looked elegant in an ultra-sleek, razor-sharp bob.

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Jessica White wore a glamorous side-chignon at Rolling Stone’s ‘Do You Wanna Be a Rock Star’ party.

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Zoe Saldana hit the Teen Choice Awards red carpet rocking soft, Farrah Fawcett-inspired feathered hair.

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The actress dresses up her sleek blowout by tucking one side behind an ear.

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At the NBC Universal press tour party, Tia Mowry looked sophisticated in a loose updo, while Tamera went sultry in loose waves.

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Selita Ebanks rocked a cornrowed side-plait to the 2011 Children of the City Benefit.

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The supermodel/actress embraces the new two-toned trend by sporting bleached blonde bangs.

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Sanaa Lathan rocked an ultra-sleek topknot at Ella Moss’ tenth anniversary party. Perfect for the blazing hot weather!

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Sanaa Lathan flaunts her almond shaped eyes with this tightly pulled-back ponytail.

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The gorgeous actress curls her face-framing layers outward for a flippy, Farrah-esque effect. So sexy!

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Rutina Wesley sported long, romantic waves on day two of Comic-Con.

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During an appearance on Fuse, Rutina Wesley looked chic in a loose side-plait and full bangs.

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At Pharrell’s ‘Qream’ liquor launch, all eyes were on Serena Williams and her wild, wanton waves.

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Iman sported loose, honey-streaked waves at the Invisible Beauty event in New York City.

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Jada Pinkett Smith brushes her long, thick locks back into a braided chignon, showcasing her perfect features and sexy shoulders.

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Katerina Graham swept her long locks up into a dramatic bun at the CBS, The CW And Showtime TCA party.

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The ‘Vampire Diaries’ star always rocks her long, dark waves in fashion-forward styles like funky, asymmetric updos and loose braids.

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At the Design Care Benefiting The HollyRod Foundation event, Regina King looked so sophisticated in this subtly highlighted faux-bob.

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At Rolling Stone’s ‘Do You Wanna Be a Rock Star’ party, Angela Simmons looked chic in a full, blonde-streaked bob.

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Vanessa Simmons jazzes up her heavy, dark bangs with some random golden streaks.

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LaLa Vasquez swept her cascading chestnut waves over one shoulder at her BFF Kim Kardashian’s engagement party.

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As the latest “it” girl on the red carpet, LaLa knows the impact of a good updo.

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From her kohl-rimmed eyes to her honey-highlighted, flippy hairstyle, Patti LaBelle was fierce at the festival!

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While hosting the NAACP Theatre Awards Press Conference, Tatyana Ali wore this easy-breezy style with slightly tousled bangs.

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During a performance at the Summer Block Party, Jill Scott swept her twists into an elegant updo.

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This neo-soul songstress/actress adds a cool edge to her endless waves with a few intricate cornrows in front.

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At the Invisible Beauty event, model/actress Princess Keisha Omilana (yep, she’s a real Nigerian princess) sported this intricate, twisted updo.

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Tracee Ellis Ross pulls her curls back into a messy knot — classy, easy, and cool.

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Halle Berry wore a delicate gold filigreed headband while shopping in Century City.

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Beyonce rocked out in lustrous, bouncy, blonde curls during her performance at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom.

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Beyonce wore lush, artfully tousled spirals at Kelly Rowland’s album release party. We love the ease of her dark roots showing — so cool.

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During a recent GMA appearance, Beyonce rocked massive, sun-kissed spirals.

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

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Ledisi’s red-streaked coily updo was a hit with natural girls at the festival.

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At the Design Care Benefiting The HollyRod Foundation event, Shaun Robinson debuted a sexy new look: side-swept bangs with chunky amber streaks.

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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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Rihanna wore this new, layered look with side-swooping bangs while out-and-about in NYC.

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The queen of new hair icons, Rihanna has tried every length and color under the sun.

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Ri-Ri shocked the world when she recently introduced her bold brunette curls.

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At the Steve Madden Music Summer Concert Series, Melanie Fiona sported full, scrunched and teased, 80s-style waves.

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The singer defines goes for a simple chic look by pinning back one side of her mile-long, thick black tresses.

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With her flowing, waist-length waves, Lauren London looked impossibly romantic at the premiere of “The Help.”

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At the Moet Rose Lounge Atlanta event, Keri Hilson sported her trendsetting, buttery yellow asymmetric bob.

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Keri Hilson’s dark roots and bleached blonde haircolor gives her messy waves a “Like a Virgin”-esque coolness.

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This asymmetrical chopped bob accentuates Keri’s pretty face.

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We love Zoe’s almost-hidden blonde highlights.

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At the Station Invasion tour, Ciara debuted a brand new look: face-framing, honey-blonde streaks.

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Ciara brightens up her dark brown strands with a few golden streaks along the bottom.

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Ciara’s endlessly long, mermaid-inspired waves take a page out of Darryl Hannah’s “Splash”-era style manual.

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Toni Braxton channeled Brigitte Bardot with this tousled, lightly teased, sun-kissed ’do.

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Eva Marcille sported new copper-toned tresses at the ‘Hair Battle Spectacular’ Season 2 premiere.

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Model/actress Eva Marcille has rocked every style under the sun, from long curls to a barely-there buzz. And now her white-blonde pixie has spawned zillions of imitators. So stunning!

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Kelly Rowland wore long, flowing, pre-Raphaelite waves at The X Factor’s press launch.

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

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Kelly Rowland’s tried a zillion different hairstyles, but she always comes back to one — bangs! “I always love a bang,” she says. “It’s just so fun and flirty for summer.”

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“It’s so important to use a really good conditioner,” says Kelly. “It’s kinda gross, but I use mayonnaise and eggs! It smells terrible but leaves my hair so shiny and healthy.”

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Marcia Ambrosious looked every inch the disco diva in her sparkly column dress and big, rippling curls.

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Tyra Banks sported a loose body wave and bangs at the VH1 Do Something Awards.

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

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Keyshia Cole’s half-blonde, half-brunette tresses are twice as fun as subtle highlights.

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Kimberly Elise accentuates her slicked-back bun with this a delicately embroidered headband. So angelic!

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Alicia Keys’ side braid is the perfect accessory.

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Alicia Keys makes a simple style — a long, middle-parted blowout — look extraordinarily chic by keeping her strands glossy and healthy.

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Zoe Kravitz goes for hipster cool with this fire engine red lips and a slicked-back topknot.

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What a vision! Estelle’s pixie is picture perfect.

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Naomi Campbell adds designer sunglasses to her signature bangs-and-blowout ’do. So easy breezy chic!

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At the BET Awards, Mary J. Blige turned heads in this golden pony with full bangs.

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The R&B queen is the picture of sophistication with her elegant bun and full, blonde bangs.

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Mary J. Blige looked chicer than ever with this swingy, gold-streaked bob.

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Tamar Braxton looked romantic in cascades of ripping ringlets.

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Queen Latifah rocked a high, sleek ponytail at a Net-a-Porter event in London.

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Angela Bassett looks oh-so-summery with her easy breezy choppy bob at EMF 2011.

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Shuanie O’Neal was the epitome of chic in this amber-streaked, asymmetric style.

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Fantasia was all sass onstage in this heavy-banged, cropped ’do.

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Thandie Newton rocked the red carpet in teased, tousled Eighties-inspired spirals.

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Thandie Newton experiments with the classic bob shape by adding a deep side part and a swooping layer in the front.

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Taraji P. Henson added a modern twist to her chin-length bob by adding a swooping side-bang.

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LeToya Luckett rocked flawlessly defined ringlets in a nod to Janet Jackson’s “Control”-era curls.

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Letoya Luckett goes for a casually elegant vibe with long, side-swooping bangs and a messy chignon.

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Out and about in London, Janet Jackson introduced her new ’do: a head full of sultry spiral curls. Very 80s-cool!

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

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Garcelle Beauvais lets her freedom flag fly with her naturally coily strands.

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

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This pint-size pop star has little girls (and quite a few grownups) whipping their hair back and forth! Whether she’s rocking braids or a side-shave, her styles are always inspired.

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YaYa goes for a wild, sex kitten-vibe with her natural blowout.

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The actress’ flapper-esque waves are versatile, sexy, and perfect for every occasion.

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The edgy singer/actress/DJ rocks out in adorable, coily twists.

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If you’re rocking a Nia Long-esque pixie cut, try finger-tousling your layers with some styling wax (we like Redken Water Wax Pomade). The look is effortlessly sexy and lasts for hours.

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Rocsi Diaz’s long, layered locks looked unbelievably sexy with her bodycon dress.

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Naomi Campbell accessorizes her pony with an ornate, bejeweled hairpiece — very ooh-la-la!

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In just over a year, Keri Hilson has gone from a brunette pixie to a platinum-hued, asymmetric bob. We love her fearlessness!

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With her mousse-enhanced, waist-length curls, Christina Milian looks like she stepped right out of 1987!

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For a casual chic look, Garcelle Beauvais swept her curls into an unstructured bun, letting a few waves escape in the front. So sexy, without trying too hard!

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Joy Bryant controls her sultry curls by adding a deep center part and pinning back the sides.

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Corrine Bailey Rae defines her natural curls by wrapping small strands around a one-inch barrel curling iron.

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In the past year, this singer’s signature style — the expertly sculpted pompadour — has become a favorite among natural girls. So chic!

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Lala Vasquez-Anthony adds a cool cornrow and swooping bangs to her side-braid style.

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Choppy, tousled, and shoulder-grazing or a bit longer, this medium-length ‘do is one of summer’s coolest ’dos.

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The actress/comedienne sweeps her strands into a loose, side ponytail, leaving out bangs and a few face-framing layers.

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Esperanza Spalding may have won the Grammy for Best New Artist this year, but everyone was looking at her hair. Her lush, oversized afro is beyond chic — and she knows it!

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We credit British songbird Estelle with single-handedly bringing back the short bowl cut! This tress trendsetter is always at the forefront of what’s cool and edgy.

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Leona Lewis gives major glamour with this sexily disheveled, fish-tail plait.

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Reverend Run’s It-girl daughter recently added a golden blonde layer on top of her chestnut brown strands.

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During an appearance on ‘Good Morning America,’ Nicki Minaj turned heads in this platinum, poodle permed wig with eyebrow-grazing bangs. Loving her seafoam green lids, too!

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

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Nicki Minaj commands attention wherever she goes in her dayglo yellow, Rapunzel wigs.

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With strawberry pink lips and pearly eyeshadow, the Noisettes’ lead singer adds a flirty touch to her edgy pompadour.

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When Kanye’s former girlfriend stepped on the scene with an almost-bald buzz cut and a fashion pout, a trend was born.

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Dirty Money’s Kalenna Harper and Dawn Richard are always pushing boundaries when it comes to their hairstyles. Whether it’s a two-toned rooster cut or a Louise Brooks bob, these singers are fly.

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The beauty entrepreneur (and Forest’s wife!) has slightly feathered, grown-out bangs that give her ’do a casually chic look.

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With her clear caramel skin and riot of natural ringlets, actress Vanessa A. Williams is absolutely glowing.

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The First Lady’s smooth, sleek bob perfectly suits her day-to-night lifestyle.

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The songstress’ platinum blonde crop spawned a zillion imitators this year.

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Actress Elise Neal goes for a casually chic vibe with fluffy, feathered layers and side-swept bangs.

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The ‘Single Ladies’ star rocks Bettie Page-style bangs that give her tresses a vampy, pin-up girl sexiness.

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Jennifer Hudson’s bouncy curls get a dose of sophistication from her eyebrow-length, perfectly trimmed bangs.

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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star Nene Leakes sports a sexy, coppery-blonde crop with matching eyebrows. Go ’head girl.

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NeNe Leakes’ sunny blonde pixie brightens up her whole look.

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Singer/model Cassie tosses her long, side-shaved goldilocks over one shoulder for a casually chic look.

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


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