As the saying goes, everything old is new again! Some of Hollywood’s hottest hairstyles are modern updates of ‘dos made popular by icons of yesteryear (exhibit A: Kerry Washington’s dramatic upsweep is almost identical to Broadway star Leslie Uggams’ 1960’s coif). Here, we look at some of our favorite celeb styles, and their back-in-the-day inspirations.
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Paula Patton sports the same side-swept bangs and fluffy curls as Tina Turner, but the “Precious” star’s cut is just a tad shorter.
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Just before Kelly Rowland cut her tresses into a boyish crop, she sported big, wild, Diana Ross frizzy-curls. Both songstresses look sexier than ever with this iconic style.
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Malinda Williams takes a page from Josephine Baker’s style book with her sculpted finger waves and bejewelled accessories.
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Katerina Graham updated Lena Horne’s structured, 1940s era style by tucking her long strands underneath to create a “faux” bob.
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Here, Pam Grier and Kelis sport almost-identical fluffy, curled ’dos with one side swept back in an ornate clip. So feminine.
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It's a Mod Mod World
Recently, Ciara took a break from sporting long locks and tried a Diahann Carroll-style mod wig. We think it’s so flattering!
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Beyonce updated Dorothy Dandridge’s half-up, half-down 1950s hairstyle by adding a severe side part and soft, face-framing waves.
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