Hot Hair: Sleek vs. Full

This summer, the hottest hair trends are all about extremes -- styles are either super-sleek (think tight pony's and updos) or ultra-full (ie, fluffy curls and beachy waves). Here, ten superstars show off both looks. Let us know which extreme suits you in the comments section!
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 27, 2011

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Beyonce’s look has always been about extremes! Here, she’s both understated in a flawless blowout, and diva-tastic in an explosion of 80s-esque ringlets.

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Yaya Dacosta rocks a subdued style by creating a deep side part and slicking her natural strands back into an oversized bun. We love her wild, au naturel look, too! Which is your fave?

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Anika Noni Rose is the epitome of trendy-cool in her high ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ ponytail. But we also love her long, tousled spirals — so flirty and feminine.

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Kerry Washington is equally gorgeous in a severe ponytail as she is in a riot of corkscrew curls.

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Zoe Saldana goes from one extreme to the other in a sleek, tightly pulled-back chignon and loose, beach waves.

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Slicked to one side, Eva Marcille’s inch-long platinum locks have a casual, boyish quality. But molded upwards in a pompadour, her pixie has a sexier, more dressed-up feel!

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Jada Pinkett Smith looks every inch the elegant Hollywood wife in this intricate, slicked-back bun. We think her full, natural tresses give her a more youthful, exuberant look!

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Gabrielle Union’s pin-straight strands give her look an understated chicness, while her feathered 1970s-esque waves add tons of va-va-voom.

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Here, Tatyana Ali creates two distinct looks — a sleek, low bun and fluffy waves — using the same feathered headband!

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Ciara goes from edgy sophisticate in a sleek, low bun to all-out sexpot in high-volume, layered curls.


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