is hands-down a beauty icon.
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From bold colors and cuts to boundary-pushing makeup, we completely stan for the 2018 ESSENCE Street Style Festival honoree. Since hitting the scene with her iconic album Kaleidoscope
in 1999, we knew from her infectious spirit and carefree attitude that she was destined to be a complete star.
Today, the mom, entrepreneur, and singer celebrates her 39th birthday. To honor her, we’re taking a look back at her most iconic hairstyles.
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While pastel colored hair is now commonplace, Kelis was one of the first to rock the trend. Here, she wears turquoise and looks absolutely terrific.
There isn't a style or color that Kelis can't wear, and her blonde with lavender tresses are absolutely lovely.
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: Chef Kelis attends ESSENCE and Ford 'My City 4 Ways' Culture Festival at Union City on May 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brian Stukes/Getty Images)
Kelis effortlessly wears a full mane of curls with this short-sided 'do. The honey color perfectly compliments her skin tone.
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Singer Kelis attends Spotify's inaugural Secret Genius Awards at Vibiana Cathedral on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Kelis hit daytime talk show, The View ,with reddish orangey-hued tresses that made us all want to become redheads.
THE VIEW - It is Flashback Friday on "THE VIEW" with guest Arsenio Hall and guest co-host singer-songwriter Kelis, airing 6/24/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network.
(Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) KELIS
Dark & Lovely
We live for drama, and Kelis knows how to deliver it when it comes to hair. The singer and chef went for super long, super dark locs and we have to admit, we're in love.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Kelis poses backstage at Metropolis Studios on March 3, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
No one, and we mean no one, could ever make us want a rat tail, but yet somehow Kelis has that affect on us. Her platinum pixie is perfectly coiffed and the rat tail brings the entire look together.
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Singer Kelis attends the T-Mobile myTouch Dinerat Village at the Yard on January 23, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jason Merritt/WireImage)
Classic Protective Style
With Kelis, we truly expect the unexpected. So when we see her rocking a protective style like Senegalese Twists, it can kind of catch us off guard. However, these twists perfectly frame her face.
Kelis during Billy Zane introduces Euphoria Collection with celebrity eyewear designer Sheila Vance, creator of Sama Eyewear at Whitespace Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Pretty In Pink
Kelis was probably one of the first celebrities to wear pastel pink hair, as shown here at the Sidekick 3 Dwyane Wade Edition Launch Party in 2007.
Kelis during T-Mobile Sidekick 3 Dwyane Wade Edition Launch Party - Inside at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli)
On when she knew Black was beautiful:
"Growing up my mother would always tell us we were beautiful black girls that were growing into beautiful black women so there has never been a time in my life where I doubted or questioned that."
"Growing up my mother would always tell us we were beautiful Black girls that were growing into beautiful black women so there has never been a time in my life where I doubted or questioned that."
Who else could flawlessly pull off peacock-inspired hair? One person: Kelis.
NEW YORK - JUNE 16: Singer Kelis attends the 8th Annual Four Seasons Of Hope Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on June 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
Wild and Free
This throwback picture of Kelis is from 2005 and she is the definition of wild and free.
Kimora Lee Simmons and Kelis during Baby Phat After Party V.I.P. Room - September 11, 2005 at Guest House in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Straight and Sleek
While not typical for Kelis, she still pulls off this sleek style flawlessly.
Kelis at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Beautiful Bowler Cut
This bowler cut on Kelis is absolute perfection.
Kelis arrives at Entertainment Weekly's toast to Antonio "LA" Reid at STK-LA on February 10, 2008 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
Curly Top Pony
Talk about an effortless beauty. Even with a simple ponytail and natural curls, Kelis slays.
(Original Caption) Kelis. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Sygma via Getty Images)
Kelis makes a protective style fresh and funky with these intricate braids.
Kelis at the GetMusic.com studios in Times Square, New York. Photo; Scott Gries/Getty Images Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Images