Today’s daredevil style-flippers always top the hair charts thanks to trend-breaking maestros with a knack for doing the 'do.
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Heavy metal rockers’ long, matted manes encourage the requisite head-banging, allowing for maximum sling-age of sweat onto their adoring fans. Emo punks, with their slats of carefully flat-ironed bangs that are dyed a deep, surly black, hide behind their hair to project a mysterious allure, making girls swoon and boys relate. Pop stars project unattainable perfection via endless extensions, flawless S-waves and paparazzi-ready haircolor (painstakingly highlighted for maximum wattage).
And then you have the daredevils, the R&B soul sistas whose ability to seamlessly blend pop, soul, R&B, and hip-hop proves that they can transcend styles—even their own. These women refuse to be put in a box; they evolve and reinvent themselves as quickly as their newest hits take to the airwaves. This exciting brand of beauty, known simply as “crazy sexy cool,” is electrifying. But what really excites us are the hair engineers behind the divas’ constant style metamorphoses. We’ve tapped the best and brightest quick-change artists—Kimberly Kimble, Tippi Shorter and Dickey—to bring to light the secrets behind the daring styles of such showstoppers as Kelis, Alicia Keys, Estelle, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. Though these unique performers seduce us with the way they pull off a new cut or color on stage, the hairstylists behind their transformations are the true trendsetters.
—Karie L. Frost