Because weaves are considered less damaging to your hair than constant chemical treatments, celebrities often hide their real hair under complex weaves, unafraid of the side effects. While some still keep their natural hair beautiful and healthy, other celebs suffer from wearing weaves for too long.

See a few of the biggest celebrities without weaves and decide if they’re just as fabulous with their natural tresses without the aid of a single hair extension.


After wearing weaves for most of her career, Beyoncé showed off a cute pixie cut on Instagram. Her bleached blonde pixie is just as cute on Queen Bey as the long and flowing locks she sports in most of her videos an on stage in her concerts. 

Beyonce Knowles Without Her Weave

If Beyoncé ever decided to dump the weaves for good, her fans probably won’t mind it at all.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian Visible Hair Extensions

Wearing heavy hair extensions during and after your pregnancy can have very unpleasant side effects, and Kim Kardashian learned that the hard way. The reality TV star was recently photographed with her natural hair in a bun, showing off multiple sparse patches. Her quick weight loss plan after giving birth might have also contributed to her hair loss. If Kim does suffer from traction alopecia, she should consider becoming one of the full time celebrities without weaves.

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks Without Weave

From lace front wigs to weaves, Tyra rarely shows off her real hair. The supermodel and TV personality has shown off her real hair in cornrows, but also went for the natural look in 2009, when she appeared on her show rocking only her real tresses. She’s also posted pics of herself without a weave on Twitter, getting mostly positive reactions from her fans.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj Without Her Weave

Pictures of celebrities without weaves are often restricted to short hair, but Nicki Minaj has been hiding really long hair under her brightly colored wigs. Showing off her long ponytail on Instagram and then wearing her hair naturally to red carpet events was a bold move for Minaj, but one that might actually improve her image.

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell Without Her Weave

The most famous victim of traction alopecia, Naomi Campbell has probably done irreparable damage to her hair follicles. Heavy weaves put a lot of pressure on the scalp and continued use will result in the destruction of hair follicles. Once that happens, wigs become the only solution, but Campbell’s don’t always stay in place.

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union Without Her Weave

One of the celebrities without weaves that shows off beautiful hair, Gabrielle Union admitted to sticking to natural hair in her free time. “I wear weaves for my job to protect my own hair from heat and product buildup. I don’t leave weaves in longer than six weeks, and I use quality hair. I haven’t had a relaxer in over ten years! Natural hair is great and weaves can give you plenty of easy options,” she explained on Twitter.

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson Without Her Weave

Keeping her real hair hidden under weaves for decades, Janet Jackson shocked her fans in 2010 when she showed off a very short haircut. While extensions have been part of most of her videos, her daring choice doesn’t look half bad.

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland Without Her Weave

After wearing short hair at the beginning of her pop career in Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland often chose to augment her own tresses with good extensions. Sporting a pixie cut made her one of the more celebrities without weaves, and showed off a look that works as both feminine and edgy, without the need for long and flowing locks.

Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton Without Her Weave

From the cool partly shaved look Toni Braxton debuted in 2010 to other instances where she wore her hair natural and short, the singer proved that she’s not afraid to go natural. While her sister Tamar has her own line of wigs and weaves, Toni doesn’t always sport extensions.

Kim Zolciak

Kim Zolciak Without Her Weave

Former cast member of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”, Kim Zolciak has kept her natural hair hidden for 4 years before revealing that… it doesn’t look that different from her wigs. Among celebrities without weaves, Kim Zolciak showed the least shocking before and after shots, but is still a big fan of extensions for extra volume and curls.

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