9 Celebs Who Tried The Half-Shaved Hairstyle: Who Made it Fierce and Who Failed?

April 4, 2012  |  

I’ve been saying for about a year that the whole, “I’m-going-to-shave-one-side-of-my-hair” look was a mess. While Salt-n-Pepa made it cool back in the day, folks have taken this hairstyle to a whole new and crazy level. Seriously, it has lasted about two years longer than it should have, and everyday women came out the blue with the Two-Face look (your job was cool with that?). As much as I’ve openly loathed the look, I will say that there are a few celebrities who have been able to pull it off. But for the most part, some of the folks on this list know they need to stop. Let’s take a look at the dope ‘dos and debacles of the half-shaved hair fad.

Cassie

The singer/model might be one of the few people still rocking this look like there’s no tomorrow. She started with one shaved side and then came out of the house with both sides hairless. Pretty daring! She’s a stunning chick, so lucky for her, this look doesn’t come off as a fail, but more of a fashion statement. It’s what many people know her for (beside being Diddy’s…boo?), so it’s smart for her to embrace the look. But I would love to see her go really chic and cut that last bit of hair off in the middle of her head and just be bald. Now THAT would be fierce…

Rihanna

The first time Ri-Ri tried this look in 2009, it was actually pretty cool. She had a short cut, so it fit the rock-star chic look that she was trying to go for. But after doing everything from Ronald McDonald red, light brown, and beach blonde colored styles, she decided to take a walk down memory lane with her new pitch black long hair and shaven side. It’s actually kind of cute, but I think it worked better when her hair was short. Now she just looks like Cassie from afar. But what do you think?

Toni Braxton

Toni, girl, what in the hell? Around 2010, the singer and reality TV star (or maybe not anymore) decided to get in with the in-crowd and shave one side of her hair off. Depending on what angle you look at (say, the front), the style was not all that bad, but if you check it out from the side or the back, she looked like an incomplete mannequin. I love you and your music boo, but I personally prefer the short curly style she wears these days, or hell, even a wig compared to this mess right here.

La La Anthony

Kiyan’s mom likes to be on top of the trends now that she’s a baller’s wife in the public eye. So when everyone (and their mothers) opted to shave their heads, she tried it out too. I like the cuts she put in it, and the color is pretty hot, so I won’t call it a fail. It’s not completely shaven down so that’s what kind of makes her look different from everybody else. She didn’t have this hairdo for long, but when she did, it wasn’t all that bad…

Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow

Oh Jada…I think now that her daughter is out in the public eye changing her hair and look every other day, moms wants to follow suit. To be honest, for a child her age (I believe she was 10 at the time), I kind of thought the shaven-side look was a bit much for Willow. However, it was something she played with and somehow was able to make age appropriate (maybe because of “Whip My Hair”?), so it was cute on her after a while. But mama Jada needs to stick to either big curly hair, long hair or very short hair, but none of this experimental in-between stuff. I just feel like her look is better suited for my niece, and even she’s too old (at 17) for this mess…nice try though!

 

Kelis

People probably don’t remember that Kelis was one of the first people (in the new Millennium at least) to shave one side of her hair in the name of fashion. Not only that, but she would shave all kinds of dope designs and words in her look. But at that time, people weren’t as excited about it as they are now, so credit isn’t really given to homegirl like it’s given to Cassie. I personally thought it was kind of fly, but definitely not something I would try.

Keyshia Cole

Keyshia has literally done a little bit of everything to her hair since she came on the scene with the song, “I Changed My Mind.” A lot of her styles I’ve been down for, but this one I simply can’t do. Maybe it’s the fact that the designs she threw on her head were done with color (or that cheerleader ponytail that’s killing me softly below), but when I see this look, I just think about a hipster trying their best to stand out. I prefer homegirl with colorful hair, but this shaved hairstyle is one she should have passed on.

Fantasia

Real talk, this style would have been pretty cute on Fanny had she not decided to go the two-tone route with it. The blonde side with the black ringlets and bangs on the other side are just throwing me off. And when she decided to do this look without trying to make the other side fancy, ish really fell apart and started looking crazy. The lesson here is: If you’re going to try this half-shaven style, please leave all the extra Crayola colors alone!

Mel B

So, another lesson for all those thinking about rocking this look: Yes, you can cut off TOO much hair in trying to shave down one side of your hair. Mel B literally shaved off so much hair that what was left on her head looked absolutely unreal, and actually kind of gross…And the fact that she tried to apply rhinestones to that joint is a clear sign that we need to let this style die!

You already know how I feel about this look, but what about you?

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  • mohammed

    lol

  • Tuvshin Tumur

    I don’t think anyone was failed. They all look very beautiful

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  • miss gas

    My hair fell out, I want to weaver so it looks, nice. What techniques should, i use

  • Layde Life Coach

    Fantasia, don’t hate me but I’m a “real” talk, life coach. In that second pic, it looks like a cat licked your head. I don’t understand why some of these public figures’, “people,” do not inform them when something, just aint right! #HireBetterPeople First pic is cute!

  • Layde Life Coach

    I normally don’t respond to negatively to posts. However, this is one of those occasions. Toni should fire the hairstylist, who threw that dead squirrel on the side of her head (in the first pic). Better yet, let everyone know who the stylist is. #DeadWrong Second pic is cute!

  • FuckUMean

    Except for Toni Braxton and Mel B everybody else was good

  • FuckUMean

    Cassie FTW!!!!

  • karaleigh

    the first time I saw the second fantasia pic (after doing a hair photo search online) I thought she was just getting up from her hair stylist’s shampoo bowl, with dripping wet hair and wearing a cutting cape. only upon reading your article did I realize in said photo she’s actually wearing regular clothes and that is her hair STYLED. I’m pretty open-minded when it comes to style choices (“to each her own”, “it takes all kinds” and all that crap.) but even I have to say…. yikes. go see your stylist if your hair skills are leaving you with… that.
    …x)

  • karaleigh

    nice article btw x)

  • Gloria Diaz

    I think its Hott!!! Ive had mine shaved for about 2 years and loved putting all kinds of designs on my shaved side. Even some times going all the way “bald” on the side!!!

    • karaleigh

      me, too… I’ve had it for almost 2 years and I’m keeping it! I’ve always had short hair; long flowing hair always seemed just a little too precious… now I can have lovely long hair and still get a haircut once or twice a month- and the design options are endless!! (not to mention the glaringly hot badassedness of our look.) …how can we go wrong? ūüėČ

  • prettigirl0001

    my favorite would have to be keyshia colesss , its sooo pretty , the worst was fantaisias lolllllllllll .

  • Dest

    That what I’m saying! Rih should def go back to the short hair in her good girl gone bad days

  • Jackieo Perkins

    MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO…next

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  • Babee

    Cassie and rihanna look the best.

  • Chanda

    Fantasia looks like a damn hoodrat.
    I grew up in the 80s and remember when Pepa, Lisa Lisa and Cyndi Lauper rocked these hairstyles! The singer from Bow Wow Wow. Who else had this look back in the day?

  • Chanda

    Looks like Cassie is the winner with Rihanna and Kelis as runner ups. I think Kelis started the shaved sides in 2006.
    It’s a wonder Naomi Campbell didn’t go this route. She’s almost there if you know what I mean.
    If I was still in my early 20s and still relaxed I’m sure I would’ve tried this trend. It’s a no-no for us naturals and the super kinky.

    • Ifuaskme2

      Actually SWV rocked that look WAY before Kelis

      • adrian

        yes! Coko and LeLee rocked it back in ’96

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  • Lis

    Do u no how many girls wish they had edges and these heffas are jus shaving them like its nothing

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  • CC Groovy

    GRRRRREAT POST!!! I actually think it’s a cool style. Depending on your 9 to 5, it might not be most appropriate, ’cause; e’rrrrrrthang don’t go e’rrrrrrwhere. And yes, Yes, YES; the COLORIZING can sometimes be a bit much. OVERALL; this was a Beautiful Post on Beautiful Women!!!

  • JazzyJazzyJay

    Mel B -_- 

  • Marier

    Rihanna & Cassie looked the best (though its time to wrap that $hit up), Mel B & Toni ewwwwww!, Jada is too old for that crap and all the other are blah.

  • I like this hairstyle but would never wear it. If I was 15 years younger and back in college then I probably would but it’s way to young for me! I think the hairstyle looks best on young people with an edgy look. Toni and Scary Spice are a tad too old for the hairstyle and got it completely wrong. I think Kelis looks the best followed by Rihanna and Cassie; although I that Willow and Fantasia (her only mis-step was the two tone colour) worked it too.¬†

  • RedButterfly81

    My 16 year old cousin (blame her mother!) rocked this look on her right side of her head and after 2 weeks if cutting it off, she regretting it and wears wigs now until that side grows back.

  • diva

    I hate the style personally but the short version on Kelis and Rihanna were best. It is time to retire this trainwreck hairdo.emm…CASSIE!

  • Guest

    Whew, these pics are definite reasons to steer clear of this hairstyle.¬† It just isn’t for everyone.¬†

  • Hanzelyear

    Theyre all so. beautiful

  • Guest

    How does one wear a shaved head with a weave?  That one would be nearly impossible to pull off and it not be ObViOus. Sometimes people need to tell themselves no in their own head.

  • Geniadaydream

    I love the look on Cassie and Kelis my 9 year daughter was ready to run to the barber shop trying to get the Willow Smith look but I put a stop to that

    • Tina

      I’m 13 and I have my head half shaved but my mom said no unless my dad and step dad said yes and now she doesn’t want me to get rid of the hair style

      • FsmPastapharian

        I’m sure your dad loves that mom thinks you need step dad’s approval. hmmm

  • Cclove

    “an incomplete mannequin”¬† LOL¬† funniest thing I’ve read all day!!!

  • Amija James

    Sometimes you have to leave the trendy stuff to them little young girls.  Kelis and Cassie, okay.  Everyone else, nay.  

  • Grace

    Yes to Kelis and Cassie.

  • MissDiva05

    Kelis rocked it best… it fits her perfectly.

    • L-Boogie

      Because she is a “Boss”. ¬†LOL! I had to say it.

  • L-Boogie

    It looks nice on Cassie.

  • Smacks_hoes

    Fantasia is a mess

    • Jolie

      Truth.