ESSENCE editors spend a lot of time covering runway and red carpet trends — but some of the most dazzling ‘dos are right there in your hometown!

Accordingly, we jetted from coast to coast — and everywhere in between — to find women with the coolest, most eye-catching ‘do in the land! From pompadours and blowouts, to poufy ‘fros and edgy short cuts, these hairstyles are nothing short of inspired.

Here, ‘real women’ tress trendsetters flaunt some of the most coveted styles, colors and cuts in the country.

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