Long or Short: Who Does It Best?

This spring, get style inspiration from your favorite red-carpet hair heroes. From short to long, tell us who rocks the style best. By Qianna Smith
ESSENCE.COM May, 04, 2009

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Do blondes really have more fun? You might want to ask that question to nine-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige, whose husband loves her golden locks. What’s your trademark color and cut?

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Light blondish hair colors work best for complexions with warm undertones like Beyoncé’s. When you’re feeling fierce do you go for a classic layered cut or an edgy short do?

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Prevent brassy tones from dulling your blonde hue by using a color depositing cleanser like Coloresse Rescue Shampoo & Conditioner, $5, sallybeauty.com, that protects hair color as it strengthens and moisturizes.

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Oscar-winning leading lady Halle Berry keeps us watching with her beauty moves by constantly upping the ante and changing her do from long and curly to short and sassy. At the "X-men Origins: Wolverine” premiere the star donned a short bob cut with warm highlights and we are absolutely lovin’ it! Do you?

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Singing sensation Ciara, 22, sports partial hair highlights at the ends of her strands for a more dramatic look. Do you prefer Halle’s short highlighted bob or could you evolve to longer version of this do?

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When highlighting your hair ask your stylist to place color a half inch below the root. This will result in a more natural colored tone to your tresses.

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“The Game” actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, 41, makes this bob with angled bangs look so flirty for spring/summer. The flip to the ends of her strands adds a youthful sensibility to her appearance. Are you a short bob-lovin’ type of sister?

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Meagan Good dazzled with amber-hued locks at the US Weekly Hot Hollywood Style Issue Event at My House in Los Angeles. When it comes to feeling sexy do you prefer a hairstyle with flowing length?

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Serena Williams puts the smackdown on the court and the red carpet. Looking more charming than champ, the pro athlete keeps her curled bob tight and her curls under control.

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A styling aid like TRESemme Smoothing Collection Anti-Frizz Secret Smoothing Creme ($4, drugstores) will help keep this look in place.

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When it comes to your do are you a tight-curl temptress or a loose-loving curly lady? Oscar nominee Viola Davis prefers to let her long layered bob spiral in free flowing curls. To achieve this look, roller-set hair with medium-sized rollers, using Lustrasilk Set and Style Lotion, $3.69, sallybeauty.com. Once hair is dry, remove rollers and fluff curls with fingers.

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During the hot spring and summer months go for a do that requires low maintenance, yet packed with high-style. Actress Malinda Williams stays a cut above the rest with this pretty pixie cut.

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When selecting a hairstyle that appeals to you, choose images of models or celebs with hair and face shapes that are like your own so the results will be similar.

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If a pixie cut is too short for you, become the mane attraction like singer Monica by adding textured layers at the top of your short style for added volume and body.

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With the help of her fierce hairstylist Ursula Stephen, Rihanna keeps her do in tip-top shape, whether she is rocking it spiked (like here), in curls, with bangs or even asymmetrical.

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Grammy-winning recording artist Chrisette Michele takes Rihanna’s cut and spices it up with some razor sharp edge. Could you dare to wear a faux hawk?

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To get Chrisette’s look try using MIZANI hair products a favorite of the star.

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Blunt bangs are all the rage and helps offset a face that has lightly large forehead. Actress Tia Mowry showed her sheer sophistication sporting this bang and bob combination do at TV Guide’s Sexiest Stars 2009 event.

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell may be the queen of the catwalk, but is she working the bangs better than Tia Mowry? Campbell opts to keep her bangs straight with just slightly bumped ends, giving her a slight hobo bohemian flair.

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This spring, get style inspiration from your favorite red-carpet hair heroes. From short to long, tell us who rocks the style best and which look you can’t wait to steal.

By Qianna Smith

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