Street Style: The Year in Natural Hair Trends

As the natural hair movement continues to thrive, the past 12 months were ripe with fabulous hair trends. Naturalistas coast-to-coast dazzled in sky-high topknots, stunning twist-outs and haute hair colors. Here are some of the 2012 styles that left us in awe.

Nicole Marie Melton Dec, 19, 2012

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Angelique Henson attends the Naturally Happy Hair Mixer in Houston, Texas.

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Tammie McNair attends the Show Up Show Out event in Harlem, New York.

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Kendra Conway attends the Fall Into Natural event hosted by NaturalSelectionBlog in Oakland, California.

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Aevin Dugas attends the Natural is Not a Fad event hosted by Koils By Nature in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Melody Wells attends the Healthy Hair Affair event in Washington, D.C.

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Celena McAfee attends the Healthy Hair Affair event in Washington, D.C.

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Monika Ellis attends the Healthy Hair Affair event in Washington, D.C.

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Maria Abasi attends the Healthy Hair Affair event in Washington, D.C.

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Shana Herrdon attends the Show Up Show Out event in Harlem, New York.

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Sonia Castleberry shows off her hot hair while out-and-about in New York City.

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Nina Washington attends the Fall Into Natural event hosted by NaturalSelectionBlog in Oakland, California.

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Sheron Fitzgerald attends the Fall Into Natural event hosted by NaturalSelectionBlog in Oakland, California.

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Rochelle Bryant attends the Fall Into Natural event hosted by NaturalSelectionBlog in Oakland, California.

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Jessica Gray flaunts her hot hair at Howard University's homecoming in Washington, D.C.

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Kayla McMichael stops by the Design Essentials booth at the World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show in College Park, Georgia.

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Alexis Williams shows off her hot hair while out-and-about in New York City.

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Jazmine Hade Harrod attends the P-3 Beauty Tea in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Erica Bell attends the Fall Into Natural event hosted by NaturalSelectionBlog in Oakland, California.

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Deborah Camara attends the Natural is Not a Fad event hosted by Koils By Nature in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Rhoda L. Whitfield attends the Fall Into Natural event hosted by NaturalSelectionBlog in Oakland, CA.

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Lakita Balden attends the Kinks and Kicks Launch Party hosted by Naturally Supreme in Houston, Texas.

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Selly Raby Kane shows off her hot hair at the Lincoln Center during Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week Spring 2013.

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Latoya Swoope shows off her hot hair while out-and-about in New York City.

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Ashli Pace flaunts her hot hair at Howard University's homecoming in Washington, D.C.

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Searra Hazel flaunts her hot hair at Howard University's homecoming in Washington, D.C.

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Nia Testamark stops by the Design Essentials booth at the World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show in College Park, Georgia.

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Giovanna Murphy shows off her hot hair while attending BK Fashion Weekend in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

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Rosemary Kokuhiua shows off her hot hair at Lincoln Center during Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week Spring 2013.

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Dion Walker attends the Show Up Show Out event in Harlem, New York.

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Anjoli Cody attends the P-3 Beauty Tea in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Karon Ward attends the Natural is Not a Fad event hosted by Koils By Nature in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Christina Hardial attends the Show Up Show Out event in Harlem, New York.

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Shelia Robinson attends the Healthy Hair Affair event in Washington, D.C.

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Danielle Finney attends the Natural is Not a Fad event hosted by Koils By Nature in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Victoria Facyson attends the Natural is Not a Fad event hosted by Koils By Nature in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Ayana Edwards attends the Show Up Show Out event in Harlem, New York.

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Joi Duvall flaunts her hot hair at Howard University's homecoming in Washington, D.C.

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Shalawn Willis attends the P-3 Beauty Tea in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Marchet Sparks stops by the Design Essentials booth at the World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show in College Park, Georgia.

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Jessica Williams attends the Healthy Hair Affair event in Washington, D.C.

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Johnika Ginyard attends the Healthy Hair Affair event in Washington, D.C.

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April Odom attends the P-3 Beauty Tea in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Tammy Williams attends the Show Up Show Out event in Harlem, New York.

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Athenaelle Paul shows off her hot hair at the Lincoln Center during Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week Spring 2013.

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Elise Peterson shows off her hot hair while out-and-about in New York City.

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Mariama Mounir Petrolawicz shows off her hot hair while attending Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.

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Fatou N'Diaye attends the Show Up Show Out event in Harlem, New York.

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Ebone Smiley attends the P-3 Beauty Tea in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Kisha Monagun attends the Natural is Not a Fad event hosted by Koils By Nature in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Kamille Beavers attends the Fall Into Natural event hosted by NaturalSelectionBlog in Oakland, California.

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Wilsar Johnson attends the Healthy Hair Affair event in Washington, D.C.

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Peach Pressley attends the P-3 Beauty Tea in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Karen Wilson stops by the Design Essentials booth at the World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show in College Park, Georgia.

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Kayla Charleston stops by the Design Essentials booth at the World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show in College Park, Georgia.

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Elesha Sledge stops by the Design Essentials booth at the World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show in College Park, Georgia.

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Nisha Williams stops by the Design Essentials booth at the World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show in College Park, Georgia.

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Assata Barton flaunts her hot hair at Howard University's homecoming in Washington, D.C.

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Eilish Neely attends the Show Up Show Out event in Harlem, New York.

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Angela Jae attends BET's Black Girls Rock 2012 at Paradise Theater in New York.

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Kim Johnson attends the Natural is Not a Fad event hosted by Koils By Nature in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Lanisha Lenore attends the Show Up Show Out event in Harlem, New York.

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Meeka AheVonderae attends the Healthy Hair Affair event in Washington, D.C.

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Simone Ferguson attends the Natural is Not a Fad event hosted by Koils By Nature in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Jacquay Stephenson attends the Natural is Not a Fad event hosted by Koils By Nature in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Maisia Smith-Jackson attends the Natural is Not a Fad event hosted by Koils By Nature in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Mariana Browne attends the Healthy Hair Affair event in Washington, D.C.

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Naoj Andrews attends the Fall Into Natural event hosted by NaturalSelectionBlog in Oakland, California.

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Jerrise Spencer attends the Natural is Not a Fad event hosted by Koils By Nature in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Tiffany Coates shows off her hot hair while attending BK Fashion Weekend in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

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Cassidy Blackwell attends the Fall Into Natural event hosted by NaturalSelectionBlog in Oakland, California.

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Kierra Lewis stops by the Design Essentials booth at the World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show in College Park, Georgia.

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Tara Hall stops by the Design Essentials booth at the World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show in College Park, Georgia.

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Mecca Moore attends BET's Black Girls Rock 2012 at Paradise Theater in New York.

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Myleik Teele attends the Fall Into Natural event hosted by NaturalSelectionBlog in Oakland, California.

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Christina Coleman attends the Optimum Salon Haircare Miracle Oil launch event hosted by CurlyNikki in New York City.

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Tenaya B. Ugwu attends the Fall Into Natural event hosted by NaturalSelectionBlog in Oakland, California.

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