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

2. Alex from Las Veg­as

3. Olivia in Aus­tralia

4. April in Geor­gia

5. Ali­cia James
Alicia James - Flat ironed natural hair December 2012

6. Kan­ga from the Ivory Coast

7. Robin in Penn­syl­va­nia
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8. Scheba­nia in Atlanta

9. Allie in DC

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…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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


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!


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.


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. ????


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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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:)


I lovvee robins hair


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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.


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.


Where’s Whit­ney, aka Nap­tural85?


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


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


Ali­cia!! Her hair just blows me away xxx

Ugonna Wosu

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


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