hair story: best celebrity hair of 2014

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How did December roll around SO quickly?! It seems like just yesterday we assembled our list of hair-newsmakers for 2013. Well, Team Un’ruly has once again hand picked its favorite celeb hair do’s of the year. Check out who our lovely contributors chose as 2014’s best hair styles and vote on who’s crown should take home the honorary un’ruly crown.

10. the angel

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Chadette’s pick: “Winged” this year as Victoria Secret’s newest Angel, California born Jasmine Tookes personifies laid back glam with flawless, tousled tresses and body. Colored in a decadent, chocolate mousse brown, Tookes delivers a breath taking sequence of long layers and airy volume complete with enviable movement and shine,  worthy of any VS runway. A look suitable for practically any occasion, capture the supermodel’s carefree waves with a simple roll of a spiral curling iron topped with a drop of Moroccan oil for a sleek, polished finish.

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9. the classic

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Joia’s pick: Actress Tracee Ellis Ross may bring laughter to our homes with the new TV show Black- Ish but still manages to wow naturals with her hair. While attending the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour promoting her new TV show, Ross gave everyone a simple but classic chic look. Ross wore a blue jumpsuit from Italy and paired it with big, bouncy curls. During most of the event Ross’ curls bounced and shined looking like a curly fro. Her hairstyle is so versatile that the look fits any season and goes with practically any outfit. There are numerous ways to curl hair with curlformers, spiral rods, hair rods or the curl wand. If using heat, protecting your hair with a heat protectant will help the hair in the long run. The key is to look stylish but also protect those natural strands. (Check out Tracee’s hair story).

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8. the beautiful mess

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Tamara’s pick: Tired of that bob you thought you we’re going to love forever and ever? Anxiously waiting for the Fairy God Mother of hair to grant your wish for long locks? Try Kerry Washington’s tousled bob as seen on the cover of Allure as you wait. No matter what stage your bob is in this look can make your bob look like new. If you find your bob in the awkward length phase, this ‘do is a quick fix and will have you singing, “I woke up like this” as you strut through life.

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7. the pixie princess

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Remi’s pick: Twenty-one year old Keke Palmer has been working it for years! Being an actress, television host, singer/songwriter, musician, fashion designer, dancer and an activist, Keke’s got it going on! And just this year she went for gold with a recurring role on Showtime’s Masters of Sex and a starring role in the horror film Animal. She also has her own talk show on BET and became the first African-American to play Cinderella on Broadway. With all that being said, Keke went big this year, and she went even bigger with her gorgeous new pixie-cut. Keke first revealed her new look in September this year and she’s been rocking it ever since! I love her pixie cut because a lot of women think that they can’t do much with a short hairstyle; well Keke has proven them wrong. She’s being wearing it high, low, spiky, sleek and curly. Her look is great for women who want something relatively low-maintenance yet flirty.

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6. the queen b

Ellen’s pick: Beyoncé’s blonde, lengthy box corn rows was one hair look that went slightly under the radar this year. Worn for her fellow Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams’ video “Say Yes,” Queen Bey styled her braids with a rich white poncho and chunky gold necklaces, allowing her braids to really pop out. The interesting thing about this particular style is the wrap-around of the hair, the braids effortlessly flowing over her shoulder. Braids are perfect for date nights, festivals, concerts and just about all other events. Along with the extreme versatility of the braids, a plus is that it is a stylish protective option.

5. the daredevil

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Joia’s pick: While dropping jaws with her infamous comment on being an American not African American on Oprah’s Where Are They Now? TV show, Raven Symone’s hair caught the daredevils’ attention. A dark ombre effect of purple on top, green and gray ends with a shaved side made her asymmetrical style look cool. Her complexion made the colors stand out as a unique and eccentric hairstyle. Symone does have natural hair as said in the interview, “I have nice, interesting grade of hair.” Symone is known for switching hair styles frequently just check her Instagram @ravensymonecp.

For the wild childs who want to look different and stand out. This style requires a professional stylist. First, make sure the basic is done with an asymmetrical cut and the head shaved on one side. A professional colorist would be able to help blend in an ombré of colors. Just remember that this style is only for the brave.

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4. the veteran colorist

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Tamara’s pick: Nicole Richie is no newbie to donning vibrant hair colors, and as a result she’s raked in numerous best hair awards. (She made our list last year). From icy-gray locks to midnight blue and everything in between, Nicole knows how to work colored tresses. Nicole can pull off any color of the rainbow because the her color choice enhances her skin tone and eye color. Not to mention, whether her hair is lavender or gray you’ll find her sporting minimalistic looks: a sleek pony or bob.

You know that moment when you suddenly have the urge to do something drastic to your hair? Perhaps you broke up with your significant other, or are just tired of the same ol’ do. This is when you do a drastic dye job (be sure to contact a skilled hairstylist)! Try pairing this midnight navy color with a minimal look: no makeup makeup (or perhaps throw in a cat-eye like Nicole) and a classic pantsuit.

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3. the volume

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Ellen’s pick: The First Lady of Top Dawg Entertainment, SZA, is known for her big, dramatic hair as much as she’s known for her stunning vocals. In an interview with Vogue, SZA claims that her hair is, “…definitely my saving grace where femininity is concerned.” She fell ill as a teenager and lost her hair due to medication-related side effects. With no halo of hair available for her to hide behind, her idea of femininity disappeared and she learned to not put as much importance behind superficiality.

Generally, SZA wears her natural curls out. Her thick hair takes days to air-dry, so she blow-dries it with a diffuser if she is unable to find time to twist it, and co-washes with her own concoction of deep conditioner made of coconut oil and avocado. If you’re looking to rock a ‘do like SZA but are lacking in volume, consider getting a little help with clip-ins!

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2. the bride

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Antonia’s pick: Pictures of Solange’s high-fashion New Orleans wedding flooded news feeds in November. The pictures showed the songstress’s unique aesthete, her family, her joy and they also showed a small victory for natural hair. Natural hair and formal wear is still an area that quite a few women tread with trepidation (it’s rarely seen on the red carpet), so to see Solange’s ‘fro in all its global glory, on one of her most special and formal days, was definitely a nice way to show the possibilities of kinky tresses. An afro is no longer a political statement; it’s a crown that can sit atop your head on any occasion, from a trip to the grocery store to your wedding day. Check out our favorite pix from Solange’s wedding.

1. the steadfast starlet

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Chadette’s pick: To the unimaginative and faint of heart, the afro-indicative TWA (teeny weeny afro) can be perceived as a daunting undertaking. Short and coarse (or curly and thin) in the resemblance of the popular, urban Caesar haircut, it has been undoubtedly viewed as an unsophisticatedly, daring and limited look by many – especially by Hollywood standards, that is until however Kenyan beauty and critically acclaimed actress, Lupita Nyong’o hit the scene in early 2014. Remarkably elegant as she is eloquent, Miss Nyong’o successfully resurrected the genuine grace and fierce refinement of the tapered ‘do to tinsel town’s most prestigious stages and red carpets, as well as beauty and fashion’s most covetable covers worldwide — Elle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. From the Oscar-glamorous, diamond and gold Fred Leighton headband to last year’s NAACP center parted Mohawk high-top, Lupita exudes impeccably versatile style and hair-spirational glory with every show-stopping look. Our favorite thus far, a mod inspired, Dracula reminiscent cut debuted at the 2014 Critic Choice Awards. Simply shaped in a widow’s peak (filled in by the fabulous Ted Gibson) and accurately curved angles Nyongo’s avant garde choice is nothing short of fearless brilliance. Make the look your own by playing up heights and textures, i.e. an arched hairline high top or slicked waves. For more Lupita hair, read her hair story.

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