Being a celebrity can’t be easy: after all, having to keep up to date with the latest hair trends and setting the new styles is a full-time job in itself. Luckily, most celebs have access to the hottest looks money can buy through their top-tier, in-demand hair stylists. As a result, they rarely have a bad hair day – or, at least, they’re rarely pictured having one… But these 20 female celebs have gone even further and set trends with the most glamorous, fashionable new hairstyles ever to grace the red carpet.
20. Taylor Swift
“Shake It Off” singer Taylor Swift gobsmacked fans with a drastic change in her look in the May 2016 issue of Vogue: she went platinum blonde! T-Swift let the world peep her sexy new rock chick-worthy ’do for the first time back in April on Instagram. However, she’s since returned to her sandy blonde and more natural-looking, girl-next-door locks.
19. Cara Delevingne
Model and actress Cara Delevingne made a splash in summer 2016’s hottest blockbuster Suicide Squad, but she’s also gotten tongues wagging with her fresh hairstyle. In July 2016, moreover, Delevingne sheared off her long tresses and went for this stylish, shaggy long bob, or “lob” – a flattering and mature look which she paraded around at Comic-Con that year.
18. Emma Stone
Emma Stone has toyed with a few fabulous hairstyles and colors. And although known for her long, red, wavy locks, she went for “the chop” for the Venice Film Festival in 2014. Fast-forward two years, though, and the La La Land actress is once again growing out her mane. And that’s not even to mention the fact that she has also recently been spotted flirting with a rich brunette look – we’ll see if that one sticks.
17. Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis worked it with a clever temporary bob style at the premiere of her latest movie Bad Moms back in July 2016. To achieve the adorably chic look, she under-fastened her sleek, black tresses into a plump bob. Since then, Kunis’ long locks have returned, but we think she should brave the real deal, as she totally nailed that shorter ’do.
16. Sophie Turner
Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner is often associated with her long red mane but, like some of the other celebs on this list, she opted for a platinum do-over in summer 2016. Fans have even questioned whether the substantial change might be linked to a plot line in the show, for which we’ll just have to wait and see… Regardless, Turner – who was born blonde – looks stunning with her lighter-hued tresses.
15. Lily Collins
When it comes to shifting hair color, it’s debatable whether any celebrity has seen as many changes as Lily Collins. From auburn to blonde to black, the Mirror Mirror star can’t seem to make up her mind. But then, why should she? And just to prove that she’s not beyond further fun experimentation, the actress went public on Instagram in June with a punk-inspired, vibrant pink bob.
14. Emma Roberts
Scream Queens star Emma Roberts’ previously lengthy chestnut-red locks underwent an overhaul in June. Indeed, the actress then stepped into the limelight to show fans the resulting feminine, classy blonde cut. But that didn’t last long; no, Roberts soon added extensions for her ongoing role in the Fox horror comedy series.
13. Selena Gomez
Former Disney star Selena Gomez has gone way back in time with a Daisy Duke-era side fringe – and fans seem to adore it! She first sashayed out into the spotlight with the style in summer 2016 while on her Revival Tour. The faint bangs complement Gomez’s features and give her a retro, yet soft, look – sensational!
12. Christina Aguilera
From dreadlocks to dip dye, performer extraordinaire Christina Aguilera has sported some pretty over-the-top hairstyles throughout her nearly two decade-long career. But, back in June 2016 – when she switched looks yet again – she made a stellar choice. Aguilera swapped classic platinum blonde for a striking shade of red with bouncy curls, which gave her a glamorous, classic Hollywood sensibility à la Rita Hayworth.
11. Brie Larson
Brie Larson has had an epic 2016 – after all, not only did she nab her first Oscar at the February ceremony, but she also snagged the lead role in Captain Marvel. And the actress dazzled the world yet again by stepping out as a redhead in May. The deep, auburn-colored locks are a noticeable change for the Room star, with the hue exquisitely contrasting with her fair complexion.
10. Kristin Stewart
After years of playing the perpetually despondent Bella Swan in the Twilight movie franchise, Kristen Stewart snipped off her trademark tresses and opted for a “pixie” cut back in 2014. But it was only during her birthday month in April 2016 that she really stunned fans and paps with a gift to herself: a rebel-chic platinum blonde bob, which she continues to rock.
9. Kylie Jenner
Model and Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality starlet Kylie Jenner was another one who seemed to be going for the trendy chop in summer 2016. Jenner confidently presented her ram-rod straight, slicked-back bob on Snapchat in July – only to later reveal that it was in fact a wig. Since then, she has however made other changes: following half-sister Kim’s lead, she too went for the full bleach.
8. Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington is perhaps best known as the well-presented, stylish Olivia Pope in ABC political TV show Scandal, but the drop-dead beautiful actress dared to give fans a peek into her true self with a bold new look – on display for all to see at the Met Gala in May 2016. And Washington really went for it with fuchsia waves, giving her hair a wildly edgy vibe. We like!
7. Hilary Duff
From blonde to blue and beyond, former Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff isn’t afraid to experiment with a bold palette of hair hues. After putting her blue hair days behind her, Duff stepped out in 2015 with a new pinkish hairdo and later ended the year with a shorter cut. Alas, and while still riding high with her TV show Younger, she appears to have recently gone back to having more fun as a blonde.
Adele may have gone missing from the music world for what seemed like an age, but then she made an epic return in 2015 with her new album 25. And on the heels of the fresh release, the ever-changing Grammy Award-winner paraded around a novel ’do for all to see. Long gone are the plump bouffants and beehives: instead, the singer has embraced a sleek yet easy-going lob.
5. Scarlett Johansson
Avengers star Scarlett Johansson looks a far cry from her superhero persona Black Widow in real life; for one, the red, long and wavy tendrils are nowhere to be seen. And, in fact, the actress has expertly worked many a hairstyle and color at different points in her career. But the most recent change, to a trimmed-down and bequiffed blonde cut, gives ScarJo a mature look that suits her features.
4. Dakota Johnson
Moviegoers are perhaps most familiar with Dakota Johnson as the demure-turned-mischievous Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey. The actress herself, though, goes though as many ’dos as she does movie roles. In 2015, for example, she embraced the ever-popular lob. Most recently, however, she was spotted on the red carpet with a down-to-earth up-do, accentuated by chicly messy wisps and naturally hanging, side-swept bangs.
3. Anne Hathaway
Les Misérables actress Anne Hathaway famously went for the big crop for the role of Fantine, shearing her mane in favor of a fetching pixie bob. Four years later, then, and Hathaway has generally stayed faithful to the short look. Nevertheless, her occasional dressed-up stylings – like her dramatically sweeping ’do for the 2014 Met Ball – are still our favorites.
2. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande rose to fame as a teen idol on Nickelodeon and then via three ultra-successful albums, propelling her to global uber-stardom. Now the young icon has revamped her locks with a flattering feature: bangs. The “Side to Side” singer looks like a glam dame with the help of the full, thick block of fringe – a style that met with rave reviews after she shared it with fans on Instagram in July 2016.
1. Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian famously went through a platinum blonde phase in March 2016, for which plenty of fans went crazy. She stepped out in Paris alongside her man Kanye West with slicked-back, white-blonde locks – but soon returned to her usual raven-hued tresses. Maybe she heard half-sis Kylie was thinking of going blonde too and didn’t want to compete for attention?