Hot Hair: The New Sleek Styles

After a season filled with lush, fluffy curls and loose side-plaits, this summer's hottest new hair look is sleek, sleek, sleek. The style itself doesn't really matter, as long as the hair is slicked back tightly from the forehead (pompadours and parts need not apply). From "I Dream of Jeannie" ponytails to chic topknots, here are our favorite superstar sleek styles.
ESSENCE.COM May, 18, 2011

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Kerry Washington gave the standard, braided pony a glam update by pairing it with diamond hoops and a dazzling emerald cocktail dress.

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

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Alicia Keys combed her hair straight back for a regal look that showed off her cheekbones — and that sexy pink pout.

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Lala Vasquez Anthony brought attention to her enchanting green-hazel eyes by sweeping her strands straight back into a topknot.

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

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Raven Symone slicked her hair back into a easy breezy, wavy pony for a casual-yet-elegant look.

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Nia Long looked like a sizzling Sixties siren in this sleek, supersized fun.

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With her slicked down, sophisticated low bun, all eyes were on Jessica White at a recent Rolling Stone fete.

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Sanaa Lathan swept her strands into an easy-as-pie topknot that’s pretty for day, and glamorous for night.

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Beyonce slicks her blonde-streaked curls back into a chic, low ponytail.

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

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Alicia Keys adds an exotic flair to her intricate bun with a dangling pearl headpiece.

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Ciara’s high, tight pony puts her gorgeous features on display.

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Katerina Graham’s “I Dream of Jeannie” ponytail is a look that manages to be high-drama and classic, at the same time.

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

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Garcelle Beauvais slicks her hair back with a headband for a sleek, sophisticated look.

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YaYa Dacosta pulls her natural tresses back in a low-key bun for a casually elegant vibe.

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

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Kimora Lee Simmons manages to make this easy breezy style look impossibly luxe.

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Paula Patton looks positively regal with her tresses combed straight back off her forehead.

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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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Dania Ramirez’ high, sleek, tucked-under bun is the height of sexy sophistication.


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