Nicki Minaj Ditches the Wigs, Shows Off Natural Hair on the Red Carpet: Details From Her Stylist

Celebrity Beauty Apr. 22, 2014 AT 1:40PM
Nicki Minaj at the "The Other Woman" L.A. premiere on April 21, 2014
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With her long brown hair, muted makeup, and modest dresses on red carpets as of late, Nicki Minaj may have you wondering, "Who's that girl?"

Indeed, the "Super Bass" singer, 31, has ditched her trademark colorful hairstyles and wild makeup in favor of a more ladylike style for The Other Woman premiere in Los Angeles on April 21 and at the MTV Movie Awards on April 13.

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Since splitting with her main wig man, Terrence Davidson, in January 2013, Minaj has worn mainly blonde hairstyles. "I started working with her early last year — the reason she reached out to me is because Tyra Banks had given her my number," celeb hairstylist, Oscar James, told Cosmopolitan.com. "She wanted a more toned-down look, and I think that's why she reached out to Tyra. So I created that wavy, super-blonde hair with the dark roots — the wig."

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While the blonde wigs were a step to a more natural look, James says Minaj has since totally ditched the wigs. "Now she's wearing her real hair," the celeb stylist, who also works with Halle Berry and Beyonce, said. "So I just follow her lead. When she would ask me, 'Well, what do you think I should do?' I usually bring things that are a little more stylized because I feel like that's who she is, but, surprising even to me, she's been leaning toward even more natural. She wants to do less. Just less, less, less."

Nicki Minaj attends the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Nicki Minaj attends the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for MTV

That apparently meant returning to her naturally dark brown hair. The "Right Thru Me" singer has shared plenty of pictures of her brunette locks on Instagram, but she debuted it on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards. "We talked about maybe changing the color a little and she was adventurous at the MTV Movie Awards, where we added a few extensions just to give it a little more pop," James said. "I didn't think she would but once I did it, she loved it."

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Although the stylist prefers wigs since all of the styling, color, and heat can severely damage hair, Minaj, who recently released her latest fragrance Minajesty, is staying away from them. "I'm trying to gradually get her back into wigs, but she's adamant now," he says. "She doesn't want it."

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