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We know, we know, you barely recognize Solange with stick-straight hair back in 2009. And while it goes without saying that every woman in this slideshow looks beautiful both before and after she found her signature cut, it's hard to imagine many of them without these life-changing 'dos. Especially since Solange is, undoubtedly, one of the women who is encouraging an entire generation to love their natural texture.
Which is why we're thrilled that just one year later, Solange had chopped her locks and was sporting this rad crop, just one look in a line of big, bouncy curls, full Afros, and long braids she'd wear in the coming years.
In January of 2003, Zooey Deschanel was a blonde with side-swept fringe and a bob haircut. You may remember her from Almost Famous with a similar 'do, but she hadn't quite broken through.
Then, boom! Just two months later, she welcomed a new hue and the full, thick bangs that would soon become her signature. A wise haircut, indeed.
Michelle Williams wore her blond locks in a variety of lengths on Dawson's Creek, and for a few years after the show wrapped, like here in 2006. However, it can be argued that she didn't get a career second wind until a few months after this photo was taken — when she went for a big chop.