My coworker went to a lot of those Super Bowl parties and after she saw Nas and Kelis at Prive, she told me — “Kelis looked mad washed out.” And I agreed with her, yeah, she’s trying to work the blonde look and I don’t know if it’s happening.

But I didn’t really know what she meant until I saw this photo over at Crunk & Disorderly.

Oh my. Kelis is my girl for life, but she looks like an old woman here.

The bright red lipstick and Pebbles outfit aren’t helping much, but this photo gives further proof that bleach blonde can be the black woman’s enemy (see Eve for past evidence).

Pardon me for a sec, y’all. I need to holla at her for a moment.

Kelis, boo… I must admit you broke my heart at the beginning of the Bossy video.

Watching you cavalierly hack off your lush curls felt like a strange omen, but I got over it. You worked the sleek asymmetrical cut and Bossy became my jam for more than a minute. You’ve always loved color. Heck, from your very first video you came out raging with a rainbow cloud of curls dancing around your head.

I loved your look then, you were so funky and different and beyond fierce. You scared me a little, but I liked it. Hey, you even made the same terrible hair decision I did, by going blue in the video for “Good Stuff.” But despite the crazy colors, you were working the natural in those days, and you inspired me to release my curls as well.

I liked the hair tips your stylist gave from the Honey magazine cover shoot you did back in 2001 or 2002. The braids off to the side totally worked to give your crazy mop some asymmetrical flava. The style worked for you when you were Young, Fresh, and New.

Now you’ve been in the game for a minute, and the pressure’s got to be on to revamp the look, have an Edge, come out with some new sounds, and generally reinvent yourself as all rock hip-hop pop stars must do. I can tell the grind is getting to you, you confess as much on Circus, one of my favorite tracks on your latest album.

But the damage is showing. Your hair looks brittle and the color is unflattering to say the least. I’m not saying you need to go back to black, I’m just saying you need to bring healthy back. For inspiration, look at the adorable little girl who plays you in the Millionaire video — one of your very best vids, in my opinion. Her hair is so gorgeous and healthy-looking!

So from one afrobella to another, I say drop your current stylists. They’re giving you bad advice. Find someone who will lay down the harsh chemicals and bleaches, and condition your hair back to its former glory. If anyone can work a transitioning style, it’s you!

Consider the twists you rocked in the Trick Me video. Those were so, so fly.

I know what you will probably say to my well-meaning suggestions, but trust that I’m saying it out of love. That blonde look is ovah, and you are too young and fly to be looking washed out and overprocessed like that. For real real.

Maximum respect,


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thope says:
February 7, 2007, 10:44 am
Bella, I totally agree! Kelis is my girl but the hair is just soooo bad. I expect so much more from her and can't believe this is the same girl who rocked the multicolored fro back in the day. I saw her in person when she had the fro and she is beautiful to say the least!! Hopefully she will switch it up soon, from the looks of the bleach, she may have to go super short to get rid of the damage.
Coffy says:
February 7, 2007, 11:48 am
Nas come get your girl. she could have gotten some blond pieces, but the whole head, no i can't get with that. i find it difficult to believe a professional stylist did this, she must have gone to Pookie N'Em.
Coffy says:
February 7, 2007, 12:35 pm
how did i not see those eyebrows
Niki says:
February 7, 2007, 1:09 pm
I am not feeling the platinum blonde look--I know she is probably going for a "vintage sex kitten" look with the hair, but I don't think the color is flattering. I miss her curls, but I think she is just having fun with her look. I bet you she will probably go Grace Jones short next.
Peajai says:
February 7, 2007, 1:19 pm
As further proof that great minds think alike, I have been contemplating putting an ode to Kelis' curly hair on my myspace page for the past couple of weeks. Everytime I see this magically delicious marshmallow mess, it makes me so sad. I had never seen this Trick Me video before, and it makes me even sadder. But I guess a little happy for myself at the same time, I can't wait until my hair gets that length and I can rock twists like that!
bella says:
February 7, 2007, 1:19 pm
Niki, she's gonna have to!! With the way that 'do is looking she might have to shave it way down. But Kelis being Kelis, she can work it either way. Coffy, this is the definition of H.A.M. Shame, too.
naadii says:
February 7, 2007, 1:36 pm
well i may be the only bella who doesn't hate the blonde, but i do agree that she needs to tone it down a bit. because she's been blonde before, but i think she needs to go back to more of a honey blonde, and not rock the ultra light platinum. color aside, i love the cut and am feelin it way more than the half shaved 'do with words carved into it, ummm that was a lil too retro and urban for moi. but you gotta love the girl, she does what she wants and it works for her.
Juicy77 says:
February 7, 2007, 2:12 pm
Agreed. I'm not feeling the new hair color. However, Kelis has always experimented with her look. Her hair was blonde and pink once so this is nothing new.
Rhani says:
February 7, 2007, 3:11 pm
Is is just me, or do some people seem to lose their mind when they get married! Kelis, your hair was better when you were single.
Noelle says:
February 7, 2007, 4:12 pm
I wholeheartedly agree Kelis' hair is just awful! I can full appreciate the pin up-/burlesque look that she's trying to emulate, but part of looking burlesque/pin up is having healthy shiny hair, so on that aspect alone her look fails. Peroxide and afro hair in my view is rarely a good combination, some women (like Beyonce) can just about get away with it, but still I just find it so artificial and unhealthy looking. Kelis' hair when it was huge and curly was so sexy, I know hair doesn't make a woman, but it still made me see her as strong fierce, proud, individual,she wasn't subscribing to the relaxed/ weave combo, that is prevelant amoung RnB stars. Any way I still love the woman, but for all our admiring eyes get rid of that dye!!! peace, Noelle
jerseybred says:
February 7, 2007, 10:13 pm
Kelis will come home, hopefully soon...
Bygbaby says:
February 8, 2007, 4:04 am
I hate this look on Kelis. She is a very gorgeous woman & this was so wrong.
Andy says:
February 8, 2007, 9:07 am
I totally agree. Loved her twists in that video. The color and look she has now does nothing for me, she def looks aged with this look. I hope she changes this soon
CocoChanel says:
February 8, 2007, 11:03 am
I mean blonde is so tired and hair is so temporary for the most part, we know this too shall pass. ...I am not my hair but she never mentioned blonde, Mz Eva even went more bronzy blonde. My baby bro is still cryin' over the masscare of the curls refusing to listen to I'm Bossy for eternity. She will come back and be once again Fierce LaRue..meanwhile leela giving it up for big hair...what color is she doing today? Good Morning Bellas! :)
Katrina says:
February 8, 2007, 1:30 pm
OMG!!!! So glad you hit this subject! I LOVE HER SO MUCH! I admire her funk! I too was very upset when she cut her hair but it grew on me. I think it's time for her to let it grow back and get rid of that BLONDE! NATURAL RULES!! (sorry to be corny) LOL!!
Black Honey says:
February 8, 2007, 10:09 pm
I think that blonde hair color ages her by 20 years.
Marisa says:
February 11, 2007, 2:54 am
I too can't believe that I've never seen, or even heard of, this video! She looks so hot! I wish my hair could do that... I probably could try, but I'm pretty sure that it would end up frizzy and sloppy by the 2nd day. We all know Kelis loves to switch her style up. The hair will be gone in a few weeks, just watch.
Rachel says:
February 11, 2007, 11:47 pm
Revealing one of my big prejudices here....LOL!! I am definitely prejudice against people who dye their hair lighter than their skin color. That holds true for the white women who get the dark tan and the platinum blonde hair, and for the black women doing the blonde hair. Somebody needs to talk to Beyonce because she's headed in that direction and while we're at it Pam Anderson, Wendy Williams, the list goes on an on. LOL!
Lady80 says:
February 21, 2007, 2:08 pm
I'm definitely mad at the color of her hair but I can't blame her for experimenting...reinvention is the nature of the industry. She does need to go back to the afro, though, because nobody rocked it harder than she did!
Xavie says:
April 17, 2008, 1:44 pm
Personally I love Kelis' style and hair. I actually have my hair cut the same way right now (minus the color). Her style is so original. She is a trend setter. Keep doing your thing ma.
BEBE says:
July 29, 2008, 1:24 am
I LOVE IT !!! ya'll need to stop haten


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