Short and Sexy Celebrity Haircuts

Sexy short cuts are all the rage this summer. From Rihanna to Keri Hilson, Melinda Williams to Hale Berry, long tresses are being put on the back burner. Get inspiration for a new do from your favorite stars. By Qianna Smith
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 12, 2009

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If you’re considering growing out your relaxer and going natural, there’s no time like the present to make the transition. Supermodel Alek Wek has made this razor-close natural style über sexy and feminine.

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Grammy-winning singer Estelle hits a home run with this sexy fringed cut she sported at World Oceans Day celebration in New York City. Keep your scissor-finished look in check with a great shaper like Kérastase Sérum Nutri-Sculpt, $29,

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She’s the star who made short styles fabulous in the first place. When Halle Berry unveiled her new super-short tapered do at Spike TV’s Guy’s Choice Awards, she sent hoards of copycats out to get her great cut. Celebrity stylist Ellin Lavar recommends her own Liquid Glass, $7.99,, to get silky straight texture.

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For tapered fringe styles like the cut actress Malinda Williams has been rocking lately, do your research and find a stylist who specializes in these styles. Maintenance is easy if the cut is done right. Avoid flat-ironing between visits by wrapping your hair up in a silk scarf at bedtime.

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Wow! What a stunning turn of events! Now that plus-size beauty Toccara has made the switch to this face-framing short style, we can’t even remember how her hair was before. Short angular cuts like this one bring your cheekbones into focus, so rouge it up for maximum impact. Try CoverGirl Naturally Luminous Blush, $7.99,

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Sporting her signature bowl-shaped cut with swiped bangs at the 37th Annual FIFI Awards, Mrs. Mary J. puts the “bomb” in blonde bombshell. If you’re rockin’ colored strands, try Ted Gibson Clarity Color Shampoo and Conditioner, $26 each,, to keep your tresses strong and color vibrant.

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Pop singer-songwriter Kerri Hilson is seldom seen with the same hairstyle twice. For the BET Awards, her stylist created this multitonal auburn-hued style with blonde streaks. “Red hair fades quickly so wash the hair less often—every ten days, not seven,” advises color guru Philip Pelusi.

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Rihanna is a fashion-forward diva who always looks for new ways to express her style. She sported this edgy yet elegant “faux hawk” style to a recent gala in New York. You can achieve the same look without committing to shaving the sides of your head. Ask your stylist to create this look by smoothing sides down with wrapping lotion and hot curling the hair in the center for a fun change of pace.

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Eve has come a long way since her days as the First Lady of the Ruff Ryders. Since dropping her tough tomboy act, she’s donned lots of different cuts and colors, but she seems partial to her signature blonde. Pump up your blonde shade by using chamomile tea. “Steep tea to a dark tone, cool then apply to washed hair. Leave on five to ten minutes, apply conditioner and rinse,” says Pelusi.

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“America’s Next Top Model” contestant Monique Calhoun ditched the long extensions she wore on the show and was recently spotted at a benefit wearing this sexy, windswept style. To get the textured look, use a dime-sized amount of Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade, $19,, and twist two-inch sections of hair. Don’t try to make it perfect. This kind of style is meant to be a little messy.

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Our favorite Victoria Secret model Selita Ebanks looks so glam workin’ this shaggy short bob with side-swept bangs. Ask your stylist to use scissors on your bang cut. Razor cutting can leave this bang style looking frizzy and you don’t want that!

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You can never go wrong wearing a ladylike bob. Actress Tia Mowry shows us why this style remains so iconic. To keep your stands looking silky smooth before flat ironing, apply Soft & Beautiful Extra Lite Creme Moisturizer from root to tip, $3.99, drugstores nationwide, to keep frizz at bay all day.

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It’s the return of the mullet as seen on Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson. This style—short in the front and long in the back—is funky yet feminine.

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Actress Paula Patton dons straight chin-length tresses, but jazzes them up with a flipped out curl to the ends. Keep your style from looking oily by avoiding the overuse of products. Remember, less is more.

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Sexy short cuts are all the rage this summer. From Rihanna to Keri Hilson and Melinda Williams to Halle Berry, long tresses are so not “right now.” Get inspiration for a new do from your favorite sexy stars. Check out how these sassy dos will look on you with our Makeover Magic tool.

By Qianna Smith


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