Jill Scott’s Funky Hair-volution: Celeb Stylist Ursula Stephen On The “Natural Hair Icon”


Throughout her career Jill Scott has rocked as many hairstyles as she has shows. Like her vibrant personality, her hair choices are fun, edgy and unique. In preparation for tonight’s season premiere of VH1 Storytellers featuring Jill Scott, we chatted with celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen about the styles she loves most on Jill. If the name Ursula Stephen rings a bell it’s probably because she is the woman solely responsible for Rihanna’s 2008 haircut that turned her into a style icon. She’s also the same stylist on whom Rihanna spent $24,000 to fly out to London to fix a hair emergency this March. Yes, guys, a woman’s hair is that big of a deal. Stephen says she admires Jill for her beauty and confidence. “She shows the girls how to be beautiful with natural hair,” said Stephen. “She’s definitely one of the natural hair icons.”

Gosh, 2001 seems like eons ago, but it was around this time Scott took the music industry by storm due to her first album Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1. At the 2001 Billboard Music Awards, Jill wore a head of full ‘locks in the shape of a crown. Sorry, folks. This isn’t a do it yourself style. Stephen said the best way to achieve this look is through a professional braider.

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At the Grammy Jam Fest in 2004, Jill confidently sported an afro with a little variation by changing the shape. To achieve this look, Stephen said Motions Hydrate My Curls adds moisture and defines curls. “The best way to make sure your afro is even is by using an afro pic,” Stephen said.

Ladies who love their natural hair are always looking for new styles to achieve. Jill kept it fresh and new with an afro pompadour at the BET Honors in 2008, which according to Stephen is really easy to maintain. “It’s a great way to see how you can make your hair do something funky,” she said.

Right when the Mohawk was becoming hot, again, Jill wore a twisted Mohawk to VH1 Divas in late 2011. It was trendy but she still made it her own. “There is an advantage to having the sides of your hair shaved off,” said Stephen. “It just adds a certain edge to any style you may want to have.”

We love seeing what hairstyle Jill Scott will wear next as much as we love watching her perform. Check out the rest of her hair-volution in the gallery above. Then tune in tonight to see and hear Jill on her VH1 Storytellers debut. Storytellers airs tonight at 11PM ET/PT.

[Photos: Getty Images]

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