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Best 2012 Celebrity Hairstyles: Who Takes the Crown?

I thought it would be fun to take a look at all the fabulous hair and red carpet looks from this past year to try to determine who takes the crown for the BEST 2012 celebrity hairstyles!  Some ladies changed up their look drastically, while others stuck with the same basic silhouette.  I’ve selected ten women who all rocked very different looks this year for the best 2012 celebrity hairstyles, take a look and let me know what you think!

1.  Jill Scott

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Miss Jilly from Philly proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that she is NOT her hair this year!  She wore it relaxed, braided, shaved on one side…and then she shaved it all off to return to her natural roots.  Each look is beyond gorgeous, making her my top contender for the winner of the best 2012 celebrity hairstyles!

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2.  Gabrielle Union

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Although Gabby always goes with the same look:  middle or slightly off center part, long wavy dark brown hair with a few highlights, I have to say “If it aint broke, don’t fix it!”  Ms. Union knows what works for her and obviously has a preference, although she did give subtle changes here and there, adding a bang and pulling it up just a bit.

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3.  Brandy

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Although Brandy has struggled in years past to truly define her style and wear one that compliments her beauty, she hit it out of the park this year.  I had a hard time choosing just a few photos for this round up because I loved nearly every look she wore – big and natural looking, cascading curls, box braids or bangs, you name it Brandy wore it and wore it WELL!

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4.  Tracee Ellis Ross

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The object of many a hair crush, Tracee’s hair is nearly as famous as she is!  The gorgeous daughter of Diana Ross took off some of her length this year, which I must say I wasn’t a fan of (what’s the name of my site again? lol!).  Actually, I think the shorter length added about 10 years to her look, but when she hosted the 2012 Black Girls Rock Awards it had grown back out a bit and I was in complete love again!

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5.  Rihanna

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Alrighty, I added Rihanna just because I know many of you are fans.  She is known for changing her look – color, cut, length, texture, etc.  To be completely real, I’m not really a fan of most of her looks or maybe I’m just exhausted on her altogether.  Seems like she is more famous for her personal life – smoking, drinking and living on the edge with Chris Brown than she is for her music, but I guess that works.  Anywhoo, I am curious what type of hair she wore during her interview with Oprah though!

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6.  Beyonce

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We haven’t seen many appearances from queen Bey this year; I suppose she’s been busy as a new mother.  I lived for her look at this year’s BET Awards, to me Beyonce is at her very best with big, blonde wavy hair!  The box braids, however were a definite miss for me.  Some celebs pull it off beautifully, while others look like they walked straight outta the 90s after seeing Poetic Justice!

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7.  Ciara

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I absolutely hated her skunk hair (black roots, platinum blonde length) but Ciara redeemed herself shortly thereafter, rocking both her signature long wavy hair with a middle part and going a bit shorter with a mid-length look for the 2012 VH1 Divas concert.  She is really just a very beautiful girl.

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8.  Kelly Rowland

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Like Brandy, Kelly has come into her own over the past year.  I’ve seen numerous Kelly Rowland-inspired hair tutorials popping up on the ‘net and I even drew my own inspiration for a wig I had made (check out the full review here).  I love her big curly hair, such an ode to Diana Ross!  I also like that she switched it up a bit, going straight, wavy and even rocked a slicked back pony recently at VH1 Divas.

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9.  Alicia Keys

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While her bob haircut gave many of you life I have said more than a few times that I am  not a fan.  I think it ages her and lacks body – with the exception of her gorgeous Essence cover photo.  However, despite my opinion there is no denying that the cut was executed well and was a big hit with most ladies.  Even with her now infamous cut, Alica is a big competitor for best 2012 celebrity hairstyles simply because she rocked such a various array of different styles this year.

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10.  Solange

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Despite Solo saying she doesn’t care much about her hair, it would sure seem the complete opposite judging from her looks of 2012.  Often hair seems to be the focal point of her outfit – and bigger is better!  I also like that she ditched the wigs more than a few times and went with her own mid-length afro, although I do wish (like many of you told her via Twitter!) that her curls were a bit more defined.

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Alrighty, your turn!  Who takes the crown for the BEST 2012 Celebrity Hairstyles?  If I missed your favorite, you can do a write in down in the comments section!

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A self proclaimed hair enthusiast and healthy hair advocate, Ebony C, Princess is the chief editor of Longing 4 Length. She shares her personal journey towards growing long, healthy hair while providing hair care tips and information.

  • HairIAm_Shika

    All of these women have fabulous manes! Jill Scott is flawless from TWA to BAA to Sleek & Straight! I love every bit of Rihanna as well (hair, drama, style and all). But Jill definitely did her thing this year with the hair!

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      LOL, yes I can def tell you are a Rih fan. Jill was my fave too!

  • Lisa

    I have no problems with curling, relaxing, straightening, brading whatever your hair as long as it is your own hair. Surely, a lot of extention and wigs look fancy and cute for a party or a photo shoot but when judging the “hair”- lady of the hair I am looking at what good things the ladies have created outfrom their own hair. Bringing out the best in what you have I tihnk is a talent worth highlighting. So therefore, many of Alicia Keyes hair styles this year are giving us ideas of what we can to without adding to much fake hair. Tracee Ellis Ross shows how colourful and elegant your own hair can look. Jill Scott is an amazing beauty in her TWA and she also mainly wears her own hai when it is longer.

    I’m sorry to say but both Brandy and Kelly R looks very plastic and fake becasue of the hair. Solange has a great thick hair with lovely structure, there are so many nice things she could have done to make it look more festive and to get more variation. She has the right to look exactly the was she wants and feel comfortable with, but to me there is no inspiration in her styles. It just make me feel I will never go totally natural.

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      Great comment, thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/jnicole078 jnicole078

    I love the versatility of them all. That’s why hair is the perfect accessory. Great post.

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      Agreeeeed!

  • http://Www.youtube.com/DrMystique12 Carmelita

    I totally agree about Brandy! Thsnk God she let those awful lace fronts go!

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      GURRRRLLLLLLL!

  • http://www.ashleygaga.com/the-long-hair-is-back-my-review-of-eindianhair-com/ Armand Castro

    Will go for brandy as well and her hair definitely blends well with her eyes. I am looking for hair style reviews and information and this eindianhair review definitely a good one to look for.

  • CarlaA

    Nice ones. The pics are good to show how different hairstyles are made by celebrities and what sort of hair could have them.
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