Hot Hair: The New Super-Short Cut

Just when it seemed that mile-long extensions were the only hairstyle option for superstars, along comes Solange with her sassy short natural--and she never looked so chic. Seemingly overnight, singers, actresses, and top models were trading in their long locks for a closely-cropped cut. The best part? The short natural is totally versatile! Stars are rocking it wash-and-go curly, blown out straight or slicked down--all to glamorous, elegant results. From Solange to Sessile Lopez, here are the sexiest short naturals in all of celebdom.
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 26, 2010

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The ‘bald and beautiful’ trend started with Seventies model Pat Evans! Tired of straightening her fro for castings, she shaved her head and became a star.

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We love Solange’s supersized ’fros, but her sassy short natural is our favorite look on her. The better to see her gorgeous features.

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Skin, the London-born lead singer of Skunk Anansie is well-known for her dramatic costumes and stunning bald dome. No wonder she’s constantly bombarded with modeling offers!

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Eva Marcille’s one-inch long platinum natural perfectly frames her golden-brown skin and model-perfect cheekbones.

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Up-and-coming model Ajak is quickly making a name for herself with her pouty lips and boyish, super-short natural. If she looks familiar, it’s because she’s a relative of Sudanese supermodel, Alek Wek!

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Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, has worn this short natural cut for years. She’s had a hand in making this look become chicer than chic!

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Alek Wek’s signature short, tight buzz cut is the perfect compliment to her stunning Dinka features.

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When Dominican supermodel Sessilee Lopez first stepped on the scene, she made a name for herself with her two-inch long afro. So elegant.

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Film/TV producer Sidra Smith (and sister to "Why Did I Get Married? actress Tasha Smith) puts perfectly-shaped head on display with this low razor cut.

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If you’re a woman on the move like model-mogul talent agent Bethann Hardison, a close crop is the look for you.

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Janet Jackson’s recent super-short haircut completely reinvigorated her look! We love it when she goes for this sleek, Josephine Baker moment. To do, create a side part, and then comb a strong gel like Smooth ’n Shine Polishing Gellation Styling Gel ($3.80, through wet hair with a fine-tooth comb. Let air dry.

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“Going bald is much harder than being bald,” says famed interior designer Sheila Bridges, who has the hair loss condition Alopecia. “When I shaved my hair it was empowering. Wigs are awful!”

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In the Eighties, model/actress/singer Grace Jones rocked a short flattop, carrying on the androgynous tradition Pat Evans started in the early Seventies.

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Model Henrieth Paul is relatively new on the scene, but she’s already made a name for herself with her baby doll features and, more significantly, her impossibly elegant, teen-weeny-fro.

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Sudanese stunner (by way of New Mexico) Ataui Deng turns heads on runways with her deep mocha skin and super-cool short hairstyles. She’s rocked a close buzz, a faux-hawk, and spikes!

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Earlier this year, Chrisette Michelle buzzed off her locks and began sporting a closely-cut natural. We think it enhances her beauty in a major way.

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To recreate Malinda Williams short, wash-and-go curls at home, simply run a dollop of curl-enhancing cream (try Matrix Curl.Life Contouring Cream for Thick/Coarse Hair, $17.50, through wet hair, scrunch for texture, create a side part and air-dry. So cute!

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Ever the coif chameleon, Kelis struck the right note with her bright-red, super-curly crop. We love the strawberry blonde eyebrows and emerald green eyeliner!

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Since the late Eighties, supermodel Roshumba’s signature hairstyle has been a short, elegant natural. Here, she slicks it to one side for a sophisticated moment.


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