The first photo, taken in 1992 at the MTV Video Music Awards, shows one of Halle Berry’s earlier
looks. Close cropped at the sides and nape of the neck, the hair is styled to fullness and greater length at the parietal ridge and
top of the head with soft curls.
The other photos are all from a similar period for Ms. Berry, showing her first with a short,
choppy razor cut, styled to flare out for a sassy, contemporary look. The style is great for Ms. Berry in that it draws attention to her
strongest, most-attractive features – her lovely, expressive eyes and the dramatic cheekbones.
The style soon evolved as the hair is lightened and has grown slightly longer, although the cut and styling remains identical to the
original style. Even with the added length, the style still flatters and draws the viewer’s attention to the greatest features of Ms. Berry’s face.
The fourth style is an obviously-festive up-style created through the technique of twisting the hair in patterned sections to the back
of the scalp, ending in a quasi-fall of tight, springy curls. From appearances, this style may have been executed after allowing the hair to grow a little more.
The first photo below shows Halle Berry’s hair grown long, and styled in a very natural-looking curly wave
pattern. The idea that the hair has been grown out is only an assumption, because the three previous photos are undated and we have no
way of knowing the precise length of time between them and this more current photo (dated July 2004). I make the point only because the
advances in cosmetic technologies and techniques have given us the ability to make dramatic and utterly natural-looking additions to the length of the hair.
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It is entirely possible that the three previous photos are from the same general time frame
as the photo above. The fusion method of hair extensions would have allowed Ms. Berry to go from gamine-short hair to a mid-back length
of the hair in a matter of hours. If, however, the hair was indeed naturally grown, it would require at least two years to achieve, give
or take regular trimming (and gives us an indication of approximately when the three previous photos might have been taken). A good
stylist, trained in fusion-bonding extensions can create natural-looking shades and colors of hair by combining different shades of
hair strands, and can even bypass the need for further chemical processing or wave pattern styling by using hair that has an almost
infinite variety of wave patterns and curl size.