Chloe Bailey's Dionne Warwick Hair Tribute Is Simply 'Sorcery'

Where did her locs go?

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Chloe Bailey knows the power of a hair transformation. If you scroll through her Instagram feed, you'll notice a multitude of lengths, colors, braids, and textures—all from the last few months. But her most recent look, is easily her most surprising yet.

Earlier this week, the 25-year-old took the stage in Washington D.C. to pay tribute to Dionne Warwick at the Kennedy Center Honors. For the show, Bailey wore her hair in a hybrid bob-pixie cut in an homage to the honoree's famed '60s haircut. While fans were no doubt excited to see the performance (the show will air Wednesday, December 27 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS!), the buzziest topic of conversation was Bailey's hair. Where did her locs (that she was just wearing last week) go?

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"You work hard, but your hair stylist works harder," a fan commented on a series of photos the singer posted from the event. "Nahhh seriously….the hair stylists of the Bailey sisters…they need to be studied for witchcraft, sorcery and magic !!! BECAUSE THIS IS AMAZING!!!" added another.

The wig hiding Bailey's locs was the work of celebrity hairstylist Fesa Nu. In a behind-the-scenes video from the event, which was originally posted by Brandon Almengo, a bit of the magic was revealed. There were in fact two wigs required to make the black bixie cut work.

"There are locs under this wig, for everyone asking. There are locs under this wig," said Bailey in a PSA clip showing off the first hairpiece. "It's like a puzzle," said someone in the background.

Taking the stage to sing Warwick's song "Walk on By," Bailey completed the transformation with glam makeup by Bella Mayven. "Timeless. What an honor it was to sing and celebrate Dionne Warwick at the Kennedy Center in front of the President and many of my unforgettable night," shared the Grown-ish star in her post after the event. "Can’t wait for you all to see."

Sophia Vilensky
Freelance Writer

Sophia Vilensky is a Freelance Beauty Writer at Marie Claire with a beauty, wellness, and entertainment journalism portfolio that includes contributions to Byrdie, Bravo, Teen Vogue, and Us Weekly. Growing up in a family of beauticians—and through her own personal studies—she developed an in-depth understanding of aesthetics, cosmetic product formulation, and beauty treatment development and has also held roles as a senior copywriter, content strategist, and proofreader for top beauty and wellness brands. Even so, you'd be hard pressed to find her with her hair and makeup actually done. Sophia is based in Minneapolis and is a 2019 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she majored in English and minored in cinema studies. During her time at the university, she was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Minnesota Daily, earning the 2019 Editor of the Year award for her work. She connected deeply with the Twin Cities arts scene, collaborating with leading beauty professionals, designers, and artists. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, her thesis—a close-reading of Vanderpump Rules—was featured on NPR. When not immersed in writing or testing new products, Sophia enjoys watching reality TV, reading, and exploring the newest woo-woo wellness trends. Keep up with her on Instagram @sophiavilensky.