Hot Hair: Strand Stars to Watch in 2011

What better way to kick-start a new year than to rock a sexy new hairstyle? All you need is a little inspiration! Last year, these ten A-listers kept us guessing with their fabulous, fashion-forward hairstyles. From Janet Jackson's sleek flapper-esque style to Willow Smith's edgy punk 'do, these spectacularly coiffed strand superstars are the ones to watch in the New Year.
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 03, 2011

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What better way to kick-start the new year than to rock a new hairstyle? From Janet Jackson’s flapper style to Willow Smith’s punk ’do, these strand superstars are the ones to watch in 2011.

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Nicki Minaj’s technicolor tresses kept us guessing all year long! Whether she’s rocking a lime green bob or long platinum bangs, this rap superstar’s strands always steal the spotlight.

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Willow Smith may be only 9 years old, but this pint-sized performer set a zillion trends with her edgy, punk chic tresses. We can’t wait to see what she’ll do next!

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Rihanna shocked the world with her rapidly growing, cherry red tresses in 2010! What shade do you think she’s going to rock next?

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From dramatic pompadours to Grace Jones-esque coifs, singer Shoniwa Shingai’s fabulously sculpted hairstyles are an inspiration to natural women everywhere.

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Kelly Rowland refreshed her look in 2010 with a sleek, asymmetric ‘do. We can’t wait to see what the singer comes up with next!

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Whether it’s Marilyn Monroe-inspired platinum curls or a razor cut shag, every time we see Keri Hilson, she’s sporting a brand-new strand style. She’s a constant source of hair inspiration!

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Dirty Money’s Dawn Richard has some of the most chic hairstyles in all of celebdom, from retro bowl cuts to bold copper streaks. Her tresses are sure to surprise and inspire us this year.

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In 2010, Chrisette Michele flaunted a super-short buzz cut that inspired many women to go for the big chop, too! We can’t wait to see her next mane move…

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Last year, Solange Knowles emerged as one of the hottest hair chameleons on the planets. Whether she sports an afro wig or her own short curly natural, her style is always on point.

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