Our Ode to Hair Playlist

Our editor, Lauren Valenti, chooses her favorite tress-centric anthems.

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Whether straight, curly, or frizzy; long, short, or lobbed; blonde, brunette, or red — hair is ripe with lyrical potential and it's no secret why. Our relationships with hair, be it our own or a stranger's we're admiring from a far, is complicated. Personally, I've always found my own mane to be both a blessing and a curse. Somedays it's the pièce de résistance of my look (see above!) and others I try to run a comb through and it's the bane of my existence.

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There are many artists who have equally loaded relationships with their hair and channel it into their music. In "I Am Not My Hair," India Arie vows that despite the evolution of her own head of hair, she doesn't want to be defined by it. Then there's Lady Gaga who has always viewed her hair as a vehicle for freedom and eulogized about it in her Born This Way track, "Hair." "My hair was my glory," she said. "It was the only thing that I could change about myself."

And let us not forget 12-year-old Willow Smith, who prided herself on whipping her hair back and forth, only to shave it off as she approached her teenage years. Here, I've narrowed down 14 of my favorite odes to tresses or lack-there-of.

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See President Obama's Epic Mic Drop at the White House Correspondents' Dinner
​Going out with a bang. ​
In 2013 Cyrus and Hemsworth called off their engagement but there is clearly no bad blodd between the two. In subsequent interviews both stars have proclaimed only the utmost respect for one another.
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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Spotted Canoodling in Australia
The pair is spending a lot of time with the Hemsworth family.
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What all the A-List Guests Wore to President Obama's Final White House Correspondents' Dinner
Everyone's looking extra fancy. ​
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Kate Hudson Butchered the Pronunciation of 'Louboutins' and It's Absolutely Adorable
​Watching this on a loop and dying laughing. ​
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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Make The Coolest Biker Gang
Just look at those leather jackets​.​
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Chrissy Teigen Giving Luna a Bath Is the Most Adorable Thing Ever
​Too cute. ​
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Kesha Posts Touching Thank You to Fans After Releasing First Single Since 2014
"I've never been so full of gratitude in my entire life."
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Yolanda Hadid Responds to Rebecca Romijn's Comments About Gigi and Kendall
​"They accomplished more at half your age in the fashion industry​."​
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Victoria Beckham "Never Felt Comfortable" As a Spice Girl
The Spice Girls' former manager opens up about Posh.​
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Justin Timberlake Beat Everyone to the Punch with the 'It's Gonna Be May' Meme
Preemptive meme-ing.​