We sifted through hundreds and hundreds of photos of celebs from this past year, and after some painstaking editing, we’ve picked our absolute, hands down, can’t-stop-staring hairstyles.
Here, the top 20:
1. 122311 Hairstyles Camilla Belle
Camilla Belle’s Voluminous Half-Up
We obsessed over this beautiful style more than any other look this year. The mega-volume at the roots…the imperfect partline…the pulled apart curls…the messy yet smooth swept back strands…we could go on and on!
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Camila Alves’s Sexy Updo
This has every element of a gorgeous updo: sideswept bangs, an asymmetrical, down-low placement (so you can see it from the front), and intricate details that beg a closer look. It’s our favorite updo of the year!
3. 122311 Hairstyles Victoria Justice 1
Victoria Justice’s Wispy Blunt Bangs
The teen sensation changed it up this year, adding fresh wispy fringe with a few longer pieces let loose to frame her face.
4. 122311 Hairstyles Ana de la Reguera
Ana de la Reguera’s To-the-Side Waves
Between the side-swept bang and the soft over-the-shoulder waves, this has to be one of the most romantic looks we spotted this year.
5. 122311 Hairstyles Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana’s Soft Spirals
When your hair is extra fine like Zoe’s, it can be tough to get it to curl. This has just the right amount of body (wrap it around a 1-inch iron to create this) and so much shine!
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Shakira’s Wraparound Braid
A twist on the trendy waterfall braid, this look is special, girlie, romantic, and fit for a dressy party or a t-shirt and jeans day. We just love it.
7. 122311 Hairstyles eva mendes
Eva Mendes’ Curly Low Pony
More curls on the red carpet! This time, pulled into a soft, romantic low ponytail. Let your shortest waves fall along your face, like Eva’s, for the most flattering finish.
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Eva Longoria’s High Ponytail
We’d bet this star wins most hairstyles in 2011—she packed in at least 7 just while hosting the Alma Awards! One of our top picks was this flirty, swingy ponytail. So easy, and so fun.
9. 122311 Hairstyles Christina milian
Christina Milian’s Braided Mega Bun
We couldn’t get enough of this full bun—set off with a cool braid wrapped around it—this summer!
10. 122311 Hairstyles Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie’s Full Fringe
Dramatic blunt bangs get a softer feel thanks to the wispy, tapered sides, which frame and soften Nicole’s square face beautifully.
11. 122311 Hairstyles Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz’s Long Layers
Craving a change but don’t want to cut your long hair? Try Penelope’s plan. She changed up her long locks this year, adding long bangs and fresh layers through her caramel colored strands.
12. 122311 Hairstyles cameron diaz
Cameron Diaz’s Soft Waves
No one seems to pull off California waves better than Cam—but you could! Just wrap small sections around a clipless curling iron rod to recreate soft bends.
13. 122311 Hairstyles salma hayek
Salma Hayek’s Curls
These amazing frizz-free ringlets are so sexy, we wish Salma would show them off more often!
14. 122311 Hairstyles jessica alba
Jessica Alba’s Double Headband Braids
Being pregnant didn’t stop Jessica from always trying new cool looks with her hair. This one—double French braids across the top of her head—was our fave of the year.
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Jennifer Lopez’s Slicked Back Bun
Sure, ballet buns are always a red carpet go-to, but J.Lo’s is set right at the crown of her head and wrapped with a thin strand of her hair for a delicate, elegant finish.
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Selena Gomez’s Curled Ends
Practically every star we saw tried retro waves this year, but no one seemed to rock them quite as beautifully as Selena. Her strands stay absolutely, perfectly smooth, with the softest S-wave curls at the ends.
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Fergie’s Top Knot
Fergie proves that last year’s topknot trend is still just as hot, whether it’s for a black tie gala or a day by the pool. The new take: Slick hair along your head, but leave the bun soft and dry.
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Victoria Justice’s Swept Back Strands
The young star looks so romantic with a center part, curled ends, and her upper layer gently swooped back to the nape of her neck.
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Jennifer Lopez’s High Half-Up
Jenny from the Block brought back the 90s with this slicked-up-high half-up, half-down look.
20. 122311 Hairstyles Esperanza Spalding
Esperanza Spalding's Afro
Was there a cooler, fresher, more individualistic hairstyle this year than Esperanza’s natural curls? We don’t think so. Esperanza’s hair is so gorgeous it launched blog posts, twitter musings, and going-natural plans across the country!