Michaela Coel attends the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo by Rich Fury / Getty Images)
It seemed like a year of drastic hairstyle changes 2020 in the case of several people who either cut their hair shorter or dyed it in strong colors. In 2021 too, courage with a new hair look will be the new normal. It’s not just the mullet haircut that’s all the rage, but women challenge relentless norms of beauty and proudly wear their hair short.
There is never just one reason women cut their hair. Gabrielle Union put it well in a ‘summer cut’ Instagram post: “The movies always show women cutting their hair when all is lost, but I wanted to know the feeling of changing something when things are gravy . “
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There’s a long list of celebrities who wore iconic buzz cuts in the ’90s and the decades before that, including Grace Jones, Erykah Badu, and Demi Moore. More recently, a new generation of celebrity women are sporting this hairstyle at will.
If you’re looking for some hair inspo for your short-time work, you’ve come to the right place with these celebs who are showing us how to do it.
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The buzz cut is one of Michaela Coel’s signature looks. At the recent Emmy Awards, the talented multi-hyphen had a tough part of her short hairstyle.
Nomzamo seems to shine in every hairstyle she tries. The short natural haircut that she debuted in 2020, with laid edges and an occasional diagonal hard part, is unforgettable.
Danai often alternates it with long and short hair. However, during her time as General Okoye of Black Panther, she breathed new life into the buzz cut look. She played around with length and line designs.
While Adwoa’s hair color is naturally auburn, this is one hair color you might find recreated in a box.
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Jada Pinkett Smith
In the ’90s, Jada rocked a wavy blonde buzz cut, a style that also shaped the era. In 2021, the actress brought back a version of the short hair but brought it to a full shave.
Just like her mom, Willow has switched between long and shorter hairstyles. Seamlessly alternating between locs, afro and mohawks and a shaved head – Willow is a remarkable hair chameleon.
Keke Palmer loves color when it comes to her hair. With her buzz cuts, it’s no surprise that shades of blue and purple are part of her hair color repertoire.
You may have heard that disco brows are all the rage, so why not wear the glitter up to your head? Well, Cara Delevingne has it and it looks amazing.
The pale blonde buzz cut has long been Amber Rose’s signature look. Much like Marilyn Monroe’s blonde curly bob, nobody does the bleached cut like Amber Rose. A blonde hairstyle paired with a bright red lip remains a classic combination.
Adding a statement lineup to your buzz cut, like Lupita Nyong’o did at the 2014 Critics Choice Awards, is a surefire way to bring more attention to this otherwise traditional look.
The actress managed to transform her Orange Is the New Black hairstyle that she had while portraying Poussey Washington into a glamorous red carpet look by adding statement makeup to it.
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Media personality KNaomi’s straightened buzz cut is an alternative way to wear the hairstyle when you want to create a sleek look.
The comedian’s honey blonde buzz cut is “That Girl” ‘s hairstyle that anyone with a short haircut should try at least once.
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