Brave those waves: top eight celebri­ties with time­less dos

Th­ese fa­mous faces are top of the mops when it comes to curls, say Ge­orgi Tinkov and Katie Wright

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - REPORTAGE -

Not ev­ery­one can pull off curly locks. Take Justin Tim­ber­lake and the in­fa­mous plat­inum blonde noo­dle hair he sported in his NSYNC days, or mu­sic-pro­ducer-turned-con­victed-mur­derer Phil Spec­tor and the six-inch-high strag­gly grey permed wig he wore dur­ing his trial.

From Seven­ties afros to Eight­ies perms, wavy hair-dos have fallen in and out of fash­ion re­peat­edly through the years, and while some celebri­ties would prob­a­bly rather for­get their old bar­nets, oth­ers have truly made curls their calling card.

Here, we take a look at some of the most iconic curly hair­styles of all time...

1. Queen El­iz­a­beth II

As a fash­ion icon for more than six decades, she has worn ev­ery con­ceiv­able colour, but the Queen has al­ways been very con­sis­tent when it comes to her hair. While it’s ru­moured that Prince Philip isn’t ex­actly a fan of what he calls her ‘hel­met hair’, Her Majesty must be pleased with it be­cause she named Ian Carmichael, the hair­dresser who’s been styling her hair for 20 years, in the New Year’s Hon­ours list last year.

2. The Jack­son 5

Be­fore he be­came a phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful solo artist, Michael Jack­son was part of The Jack­son 5, along­side his broth­ers Mar­lon, Jer­maine, Randy and Tito — and the quin­tet were fa­mous for their afro hair dos, as well as their catchy songs. Later, an in­ci­dent with the King of Pop’s hair was thought to have pos­si­bly con­trib­uted to his death. It ac­ci­den­tally caught fire dur­ing the film­ing of a Pepsi ad­vert in 1984, lead­ing MJ to start us­ing — and even­tu­ally be­come ad­dicted to — painkillers.

3. Diana Ross

A former beauty school at­tendee, Diana Ross ex­per­i­mented with myr­iad hair­styles while part of The Supremes, but her vo­lu­mi­nous afro will al­ways re­main her trade­mark. As a solo per­former, the disco diva paved way for black women all around the world to un­leash their nat­u­ral curls.

4. Cher

Kim Kar­dashian calls her “my fash­ion icon the Ar­me­nian Queen” — Cher has been in­spir­ing fans for decades with her bold beauty looks, from her in­cred­i­bly long poker-straight locks in the Six­ties, to her ma­jor corkscrew curls in the Eight­ies. Those curls clearly served Cher well be­cause in 1988, the singer-turned-ac­tress picked up a Best Ac­tress Os­car for her per­for­mance in ro­man­tic-com­edy, Moon­struck.

5. Slash

Al­most as un­chang­ing as the Queen, Guns N’ Roses gui­tarist Slash has rocked (in ev­ery sense of the word) long, raven-black curls ever since the band formed in the mid-Eight­ies, of­ten with his equally iconic top hat.

6. Madonna

The ul­ti­mate pop chameleon, there’s hardly a hair­style in the world Madonna hasn’t tried in her four-decade reign as the Queen of Pop. Per­haps her most iconic on-stage look, Madge’s Jean Paul Gaultier-de­signed cone bra en­sem­ble on her Blond Am­bi­tion World Tour was topped off with glossy golden curls, with more than a nod to old-school glam­our.

7. Sarah Jes­sica Parker/Car­rie Brad­shaw

One of the Nineties’ and Noughties’ most fa­mous TV char­ac­ters, Sex And The City’s Car­rie Brad­shaw, played by Sarah Jes­sica Parker, was known for her quirky fash­ion sense and her tum­bling tou­sled ten­drils. Car­rie’s golden-tinged curls may look ef­fort­less, but the show’s hair stylist later re­vealed that it ac­tu­ally took around an hour a time to per­fect the char­ac­ter’s ‘nat­u­ral’ look.

8. Zen­daya

Al­ready go­ing sur­name-less at the age of just 21, ac­tress Zen­daya is also a hair icon in the mak­ing. The Great­est Show­man star loves to play with wigs and weaves and has drawn much praise for wear­ing nat­u­ral hair on the red car­pet. At last year’s Met Gala, her beau­ti­ful cloud of curls was rem­i­nis­cent of another afro queen, Diana Ross.

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