It’s the last day of 2013 (!) so we’re doing a final look back. We’ll be count­ing down our top con­tent today, start­ing with style icons. We fea­tured hun­dreds of nat­u­ral wom­en as style icons this year, and below we’ve list­ed our 10 most pop­u­lar (in order, start­ing with the most). You can click on the style icon’s name or image to be tak­en to their full fea­ture. And at the bot­tom there’s a poll where you can vote for your favorite one. What do you think of the ladies who went most viral this year?

1. Tori from Jamaica
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2. Alex from Las Veg­as
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3. Olivia in Aus­tralia
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4. April in Geor­gia
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5. Ali­cia James
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6. Kan­ga from the Ivory Coast
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7. Robin in Penn­syl­va­nia
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8. Scheba­nia in Atlanta
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9. Allie in DC
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10. Tasha from Louisiana
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Beau­ti­ful! Ladies, which style icon was your favorite this year?

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Michelle Spice

I agree with Pauline Green. All the sistah’s are beau­ti­ful with their love­ly head of hair.

We just need to be hap­py, eat well and bal­ance our lifestyles to have healthy head of hair.

Thanks for show­ing all of us that don’t think we can have our own long hair with­out wear­ing any wigs!

A chal­lenge, lets grow our hair nat­u­ral­ly…

Kenny

Love all the­se ladies! You guys are tru­ly inspi­ra­tions for dif­fer­ent rea­sons! I went with Ali­cia James because I loved fol­low­ing her nat­u­ral hair jour­ney! You lit­er­al­ly see her jour­ney from the begin­ning to her beau­ti­ful long tress­es now…I also love her web­site and video tuto­ri­als. I like robins hair too how­ev­er I feel like her jour­ney is more about length and reveals and not her “nat­u­ral” tress­es. I would love to see her nat­u­ral tex­ture more often ..i.e wash and go’s, curly styles-not just her two braid­ed braid outs

Pauline Green

I love all the of the sis­ters, you all look beau­ti­ful. Peace and love always.

MichelleF

Yes I know favourite means one but I can’t pick one so here goes: Scheba­nia from Atlanta; Kan­ga from the Ivory Coast; and Tori from Jamaica.
The­se ladies are also my hair-crush­es and hair-inspi­ra­tions to keep going with my nat­u­ral hair!!!! :)
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Ugonna Wosu

Kan­ga would have been my pick if I thought a lit­tle longer about it,lol

Don't worry

Troll though real­ly? I guess you didn’t catch the not to be rude & say­ing that Alex’s hair looks bet­ter is my opin­ion because its com­ing from me & thats how I feel. I don’t know who you are but I’m sure your way too old to be call­ing names. Troll.. I’m far from one. I’m beau­ti­ful and I always have been, I’m just anoth­er girl on here stat­ing her opin­ion. Why must you make every­thing a argu­ment or a debate? Say how you feel and keep it mov­ing, k thanks.

Sasha

I chose Robin because I admire how she real­izes that it’s impor­tant to not only take care of your hair but your body too. Her fit­ness routines,hair care prac­tices and over­all healthy lifestyle are an inspi­ra­tion.

NT

I sug­gest that BGLH include in its intro­duc­tion the cri­te­ria or fac­tors reviewed to deter­mine which hair­style icons were the most pop­u­lar. I read all of the 2013 style icons’ inter­views and saw their pho­tos. Shout out to the­se icons who didn’t make the most pop­u­lar list but whose inter­views and pho­tos I enjoyed immense­ly: Leila, West, Tasha, Natasha, Ange­la, Tina and last but cer­tain­ly not least Priscil­la. Thanks to all icons and oth­er con­trib­u­tors to this web­site.

Don't worry

Not even to be rude but Tori’s hair isn’t bet­ter than Alex’s hair. Every­one has their opin­ion I know but it’s just com­mon sense girls on this site favor those with hair types like 4b 4c.. More than 3c 4a.. I guess more relate to them.. Don’t real­ly care about the thumbs down. I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t the truth.

Christina

Just because you say ‘not to be rude’. You’re ugly… Not to be rude or any­thing like that! See? This site offers advice for every­one in the nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty. Besides, if this is your opin­ion you can’t say some­thing is ‘com­mon sense’ or ‘true’, which implies fact (just a lit­tle fourth grade knowl­edge there). Any­ways, are you here JUST to be annoy­ing and pet­ty? If so, get out. Oh, but not to be rude.

Danie

You know very well it is not that serious.Who’s to say which hair is “bet­ter” anyway?There’s no doubt that alex has beau­ti­ful hair, they all do. But alex is still tran­si­tion­ing, not only can we not see her true tex­ture but the ends look a bit strange IMO (it would be nice if there’s a fol­low up done when she’s com­plete tran­si­tion­ing ). Tori’s hair looks healthy from root to tip and in her gallery arti­cle show­cased many hair­styles. Alex had 10 pic­tures of amaz­ing twist outs.

Dotty
Are you Bon Chic from above? Alex is tran­si­tion­ing so may­be a lot of peo­ple can’t relate to that. How­ev­er, you don’t know people’s rea­sons for vot­ing so you come across as hav­ing a mas­sive chip on your shoul­der for no rea­son. This is not about who has ‘bet­ter’ hair because there is no such thing (peo­ple who think this way miss the whole point of this site), it’s about who has the most appeal­ing hair style/s in our opin­ion. When I was look­ing, I was not look­ing at who had hair like mine but who had the most ver­sa­tile… Read more »
Ugonna Wosu

just state your opin­ion and stop being so both­ered by what we “prefer”.

You know, its fun­ny cause there used to be a lot of com­plaints here that the looser tex­ture arti­cles got more com­ments than the kinkier ones. I guess we can’t win. But then, you’re prob­a­bly a troll any­way.

Kamia

I chose Robin, she has real­ly been an inspi­ra­tion to me.

Mere

Easy choice for me! Olivia! When I was first learn­ing about hair types and feel­ing bad about mine,her hair gave me so much inspi­ra­tion! It’s so beau­ti­ful and long and she is so gor­geous, I can’t wait to rock a big ass fro and bun!

Dotty

It was between Tori and Scheba­nia for me but Tori had more styles and if it’s a style icon then I’ll go with her.

Jeannette

Can­not choose, love ‘em all! :)

Rebecca Rose

Can’t choose! I looked through them all and all I can say is if I woke up hav­ing any of their hair I wouldn’t cry about it. I think the first three are my favourites…and Robin’s…and Tasha… but I could change my mind in a min­ute. I want Alex’s hair, Olivia’s face and Robin’s body. (Buf­falo Bill moment). K, thanks.

Damon m smith

All final­ists seem to have their hair “done” in their pics, except Robin. All look great; Robin, in my opin­ion, looks AMAZING- and the pho­to rep­re­sents what I expect­ed to see. I’m no expert, sim­ply a fan. Get it, girl, I mean WOMAN. woot woot lol — And she straight brings it in all facets of life. Please check out her FB page & her pics– moti­va­tion­al & pos­i­tive, & pos­i­tive­ly FABULOUS. ????

Dotty

I’m so con­fused by this com­ment — Robin with the flat ironed hair does not have her hair done? The oth­er girls hair is done? They all have their hair done and in var­i­ous styles. I’m sure you’re a friend who means well but sheesh!

Ugonna Wosu

haha. I thought the same thing last night when I read it, but i didn’t have it in me to argue with some­one so ear­ly in the New Year.

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Jj

Why was this the hard­est list to chose from thus far?! lol..I still have yet to pick a choice..all the­se ladies have beau­ti­ful hair and deserves to be here:)

newlynatural

I lovvee robins hair

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Dananana

Did I miss a memo? When was Nap­tural85 a style icon this year? 

Kan­ga was my favorite out of the­se icons, but I’m sur­prised Natasha didn’t make the list.

reese

I chose Ali­cia James because her hair has come a long way but also she invests quite a bit of time and work record­ing videos and updat­ing her blog. Although I do think her videos could be improved- I can and will give recog­ni­tion for not only her hair but ded­i­ca­tion to her nat­u­ral hair and show­ing us how we can improve and style our own.

nappy99

Where’s Whit­ney, aka Nap­tural85?

Vicky

I can’t believe you don’t have Whit­ney aka Nap­tural85 on here, but all of the­se ladies look fab­u­lous too.

BonChic

I chose Alex, she is a long term tran­si­tion­er with long relaxed ends. Def an inspi­ra­tion. Look­ing for­ward to more videos.

4bGirl

Ali­cia!! Her hair just blows me away xxx

Ugonna Wosu

dang, this was tough! But I went with Tori from Jamaica.

hmm

Hmm.. I feel like some could’ve had bet­ter pics to show­case their hair.

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