The bald and the beautiful celebrities creating style buzz

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Michaela Coel attends the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Michaela Coel attends the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

It seemed like a year of drastic hairstyle changes in 2020 with several people either cutting their hair shorter or dyeing it in bold colours. In 2021 too, being bold with a new hair look is the new normal. It's not only the mullet haircut being all the rage but women are challenging unrelenting beauty norms and wearing their hair short with pride.

There’s never just one reason why women cut their hair. Gabrielle Union put it well in an Instagram post of her ‘summer chop’ saying: “The movies always show women cutting their hair when all is lost, but I wanted to know the feeling of making a change when things are gravy.”

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There is a long list of celebrities who’ve sported iconic buzz cuts in the 90s and decades preceding that, this includes the likes of Grace Jones, Erykah Badu and Demi Moore. More recently, a new generation of celebrity women are donning this hairstyle as and when they please.

If you’re seeking some hair inspo for your short 'do, look no further than these celebs who show us how it’s done.

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Michaela Coel

The buzz cut is one of Michaela Coel's signature looks. At the Emmy Awards recently, the talented multi-hyphenate sported a hard part on her short hairstyle.


Nomzamo Mbatha

Nomzamo seems to dazzle in whatever hairstyle she tries. The short natural haircut she debuted in 2020, with laid edges and an occasional diagonal hard part, is one to remember.  

Danai Gurira

Danai often switches it up with long and short hair. However, it was during her time portraying Black Panther's General Okoye that she breathed new life into the buzz cut look. She played around with length and line designs.

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Adwoa Aboah

While Adwoa's hair colour is naturally auburn, this is a hair colour you might find luck replicated in a box.


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Jada Pinkett Smith

In the 90s Jada rocked a wavy blonde buzz cut, a style that also defined the era. In 2021, the actress brought back a version of the short hair but took it further to a complete shave.

Jada Pinkett Smith during Premiere of Tales From t

Willow Smith

Just like her mother, Willow has alternated between long hairstyles and shorter ones. Seamlessly alternating between locs, an afro, and mohawks and a shaved head - willow is a hair chameleon of note. 


Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer embraces colour when it comes to her hair. With her buzz cuts, it's no surprise that blues and purples are part of her hair colour repertoire. 

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 18: Keke Palmer arrives at the

Cara Delevingne

You might've heard that disco brows are trendy, so why not take the glitter all the way up to your head? Well, Cara Delevingne has and it looks amazing.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Actor Cara Delevingne a
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Actor Cara Delevingne,

Amber Rose

The bleach blonde buzz cut has long been Amber Rose's signature look. Much like Marilyn Monroe's blonde curly bob, no one does the bleached cut like Amber Rose does. A blonde hairstyle paired with a bright red lip remains a classic combination.


Lupita Nyong'o

Adding a statement lineup to your buzz cut as Lupita Nyong'o did at the 2014 Critics Choice Awards is a sure-fire way to add interest to this otherwise traditional look.

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Samira Wiley

The actress managed to transform her Orange Is the New Black hairstyle she had while portraying Poussey Washington to glam red carpet looks by complementing it with statement makeup. 

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Actress Samira Wiley

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Media personality KNaomi's straightened buzz cut is an alternative way to wear the hairstyle if you wish to create a sleek look.

Tiffany Haddish

The comedian's honey-blonde buzz cut is the 'That Girl' hairstyle everyone with a short haircut should try at least once.

Have you experimented with the buzz cut recently? Share your look with us here.

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