The Year in Celeb Hair Trends

As with any other year, 2012 had its fair share of hot hairstyles that were all the rage. Over the past 12 months, there were four hair trends in particular that stood out from the rest: blonde hair hues, bangs, waist-length weaves and braids. Take a look at the stars who rocked the year's top tress trends.

Nicole Marie Melton Dec, 11, 2012

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Taraji P. Henson attended the Black Girls Rock Awards wearing her new, eyebrow-grazing bangs.

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Gabrielle Union recently decided to transform her look with bangs, and we're totally feeling her new style.  A two-tone colorway adds extra pizazz!

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Bridget Kelly attended Keith Campbell's book launch wearing jet black bangs with platinum blonde lowlights that are edgy and fresh. 

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Laila Ali attended the 33rd Annual Salute to Women in Sports Gala wearing piecey bangs and chunky curls.

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Carmelita Jeter arrived at ESSENCE's exclusive New York Fashion Week Luncheon wearing a shoulder-length bob with blunt-cut bangs.

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Bangs are a fun and sassy way to spruce up any style as evidenced by Tia Mowry's razor-cut fringe she sported at a WeTV event for her reality show.

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Jill Scott appeared on the red carpet of the NAACP Image Awards in loose, eyebrow-grazing fringe.

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Monica arrived at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards wearing a swooping bang paired with a braided updo.

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Jennifer Hudson added major volume to her layered bang at the Pampers “Lullaby And Goodnight” event in New York City.

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At ESSENCE's exclusive New York Fashion Week luncheon, Tasha Smith rocked her signature bangs-and-bob combo.

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Beyonce rocks her new bangs at the Brooklyn Nets game in New York.

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At the Bravo Upfront Event, NeNe Leakes flaunted a platinum blonde pixie cut.

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Keri Hilson hosted the Pool After Dark event in Atlantic City wearing two-toned curls in a bright blonde hue.

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Ciara attended the Los Angeles premiere of That’s My Boy in an audacious ash-blonde hair color. We must admit, it took a while for this shade to grow on us, but now we totally love it.

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Erica Campbell of Mary Mary stepped out at the Apollo Spring Gala in a two-toned asymmetrical bob with honey-blonde highlights.

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Jill Scott attended VhI's Storytellers wearing two-tone extensions in dark brown and honey blonde.

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Keyshia Cole ditched her two-tone hair in exchange for a fierce platinum blonde pixie at the 2012 Soul Train Awards.

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Emeli Sande attended the Grey Goose Winter Ball wearing a bold, bright blonde updo.

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KeKe Palmer dramatically switched up her style with a honey blonde dye job for a bold new look at the Paul Weller In Concert event.


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Rihanna has to be one of the most versatile hair chameleons of our time. At a pre-Grammy event this year, Rihanna showed off a head full of blonde waves with dark, natural roots.

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While this blonde, massive mane isn't a look that most celebs would wear, it fits perfectly into the wild child aesthetic Nicki Minaj aims to maintain.

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Chrisette Michele made a drastic hair change with a hot, honey-blonde hair color when she attended Keith Campbell's "Decide To Be Beautiful" Book Launch.

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Christina Milian looked simply stunning in soft, waist-length waves swept over one shoulder at the 2012 NBC Universal Summer Press Day.

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Jennifer Hudson

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Cassie has made the side-shave her signature look, but these waist-length extensions take her bold ’do to a new level of fab.

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There was no shame in Wendy Raquel Robinson’s game when she showed off her fierce, waist-length strands at the BET Honors event.

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It takes a bold woman to rock waist-length extensions, but Kenya Moore pulled it off with class at the 2012 BET Awards.

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At the Sparkle premiere in New York City, Tika Sumpter turned heads in bone-straight, waist-length hair that would make even Rapunzel green with envy.

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Rocsi Diaz rocked waist-length locks with subtle auburn streaks on the ends at the 13th annual New York International Latino Film Festival.

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Angela Simmons's waist-length extensions were dramatic yet chic when she arrived at the Vivienne Tam show during spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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Kimora Lee Simmons flaunted a silky, waist-length mane that was dramatic yet delightful at the Mr. Pink Ginseng Drink launch party.

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Selita Ebanks

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Regina King attended a photo call for the TV series Southland wearing fancy cornrows.

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Jill Scott graced the red carpet at the Hollywood Reporter's 'Power 100: Women in Entertainment' breakfast in a fierce braided updo.

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Nicole Ari Parker attended the GEMS Girls Like Us Benefit Gala wearing pretty cornrows with long, loose ends.

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Kandi Burrus attended the opening of her new series The Kandi Factory in flowing, long braids with loose ends.

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Solange Knowles brought back her braids at the The Miu Miu Galleria opening in Houston and whipped them up into a fierce, oversized topknot.

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Chrisette Michele piled her loose braids into an easy-breezy topknot when she attended the premiere of Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection.

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Naturi Naughton put a new spin on the braids trend when she arrived at the Sparkle premiere in Hollywood.

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Throughout 2012, Eva Marcille was a fan of wearing her signature, super-short pixie cut, but recently the "Diva" debuted box braids at the Let The Kids Grow Foundation Holiday Gala.

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