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The Best Celeb Hair Transformations of 2019

Drastic chops, major dye jobs and everything in between

Whether they’re reinventing themselves for a role, going for a post-baby or pre-wedding makeover, or just pulling a Kylie Jenner (a.k.a. changing their hair colour the way some people change underwear), celebs from the A-to-Z lists are making some big hair decisions this year, and we can’t get enough of their of-the-minute hair inspo. Here’s every major celeb hair transformation of 2019.

Hilary Duff

We love a fresh chop for a fresh decade! On December 18, Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff debuted a short, blunt bob in an IGTV makeup tutorial. While the actor has switched up her hair colour often over the years, and even tried bangs, she’s typically kept her locks long, so this is a big (and seriously gorgeous) change!

Kaia Gerber

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New boo and new ‘do! Model Kaia Gerber has been going shorter and shorter with her locks ever since the summer, and it looks like she isn’t stopping anytime soon. On December 9, Gerber showed off a chic A-line cut (alongside some expert-level floral arrangement skills) on Instagram. Next stop: The Charlize Theron bowl cut? She could defs pull it off.

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa’s showing her true colours: pink and green-blue, to be exact. The singer, who’s been experimenting with rose-gold and two-toned blonde and brown shades, decided to take it all the way. In her recent Instagram snap, you can just make out the highlights under the purple lighting. Temporary? Probs. Still cool? Yup.

Ashley Benson

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Winter hair inspo, right this way. Ashley Benson just got rid of her extensions and debuted what she and her hairstylist Marc Mena have dubbed “The Bobson.” Refinery29 reports it’s part of a hair restoration plan meant to remove years of damage, since the actress and model has had extensions in for the *longest* time. If you were waiting for a sign it’s time to go for the chop, this might be it.

Bella Hadid

Getting extensions for a fashion show is one thing, but it looks like Bella Hadid decided to keep them around a little longer. The model got some lengthy locks added on for the Dior Fall 2020 men’s runway, but on Kendall Jenner’s IG Story (and Bella’s own), she was shown still wearing them in Miami. Wondering if she just kept them for a few days for fun or if they’ll be a more permanent thing.

Miley Cyrus

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What can we say: she’s just being Miley! The newly 27-year-old took to Instagram on November 26 to reveal a fresh cut on her IG Stories—a mullet! On November 23, Cyrus’s mom Tish shared an Instagram video of herself giving the singer her birthday cut.  A few days later, Cyrus went to her longtime hair stylist, Sally Hershberger for a quick touch-up. The new chop, which has drawn criticism from some on social media, shouldn’t be all that surprising. After all, Cyrus’s dad is pretty much the originator of the OG mullet. So, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?

Zoë Kravitz

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Zoë Kravitz looks divine with any hairstyle but we’re especially loving her latest cut. The actress shared a photo of herself rocking a super cute, super short pixie cut to Instagram on November 26. Kravitz, who had been rocking long braids prior to the cut, captioned the photo “hair ✂.” Could this be her Catwoman ’do?

Justin Bieber

While his ex Selena Gomez was at the American Music Awards on November 24, Justin Bieber was casually debuting bubblegum pink hair while playing basketball outside his place in Beverly Hills. Could this new pastel look have something to do with his rumoured forthcoming album?

Kacey Musgraves

Singer Kacey Musgraves already dresses like a 1970s country queen, so it’s no surprise that she’d rock a 1970s-esque fringe. For the November 19 premiere of her upcoming Christmas special, The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show, she switched up her normally stick-straight hair, adding a bit of volume with some wispy bangs.

We love it! And, also, should we get bangs?

Jennifer Lopez

Leave it to JLo to serve us with both a hot new hairstyle and a hot new selfie. The Hustlers actress went for the chop with her latest style, debuting a shorter, asymmetrical haircut on November 12. The cut was done by Lopez’s longtime hair stylist, Chris Appleton.

Charlize Theron

Let’s be honest, when it comes to edgy hairstyles, Charlize Theron can pull off anything. The lady made a bowl cut look chic, for crying out loud. But on November 9, Theron debuted her latest hair switch-up while appearing at the American Cinematheque Awards in Beverly Hills, swapping out her bowl cut for a buttery blonde layered pixie. According to Theron’s stylist, Adir Abergel, the cut was inspired by ’90s supermodel Linda Evangelista. We’d say Theron defs pulls it off.

Billie Eilish

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Singer Billie Eilish is known for rocking unique lewks, so were we *that* surprised when she showed up to the LACMA Art + Film Gala on November 2 rocking a 1980s-era mullet? Meh, not really. But it turns out, the hair change wasn’t intentional at all. Eilish revealed to TMZ that the look was all thanks to a really bad hair accident. “Somebody dyed my hair, and they burnt half of it off,” she told the outlet. “Now, it looks like a mullet, that shit is not on purpose, though.” And, she has zero plans to keep it: “I’m growing that shit out.” Which, honestly, very fair.

Noah Centineo

RIP Noah Centineo’s hair. All of it. On a recent Instagram Story, he posted a pic of himself holding a coffee cup and added the words, “I’m right here.” Uh, OK sir, but where is your hair? Your soft, shiny, perfectly tousled brown hair? Gorgeous locks are the most essential item in every heartthrob’s toolkit and neither of Centineo’s upcoming roles as the blonde He-Man in Masters of the Universe or Peter in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 3 seem like they’d require him to shave his head, so…what gives? Fingers crossed that this buzzcut is for an unannounced project and won’t last too long. Come back to us, luscious brunette locks!

Kate Middleton

When you think brunette, you probably think Kate Middleton. She’s been notoriously steadfast in sticking to chestnut brown, but it looks like she made some subtle changes for fall. Her shade has been gradually lightening for the last month, and she’s taken it all the way (if you count warm honey-blonde babylights as “all the way”)  just in time for the tour of Pakistan she and Prince William are taking in late October.

Lady Gaga

She’s off the deep end, watch as she dyes…her hair! To mark the one-year anniversary of A Star is Born’s soundtrack, Lady Gaga showed off a plaque celebrating 6 million album sales worldwide—and casually debuted some hot pink locks while she was at it. She previously had platinum blonde hair that matched the album’s multi-platinum status, but she got rid of it to…celebrate ironically? I’m lost. Leave it to Mother Monster to keep us on our toes.

Millie Bobby Brown

In the quickest hair switch-up we’ve seen, Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown went almost the whole colour spectrum on September 26, when she switched up her hair twice in one day! The actress, who plays Eleven on the Netflix show, first got fans excited when she appeared in photos posted to Miami-based Y.S.V Salon’s instagram account showing her with noticeably blonder and shorter hair. But it appears Brown found out whether or not blondes *do* have more fun and didn’t like the answer. Only a few hours later, Dafne Beauty Lounge shared a series of photos of the actress with long extensions, her hair dyed back to brown with honey highlights. We have whiplash. Brown debuted her final lewk at an event for Boots UK on September 28, debuting long, caramel-coloured locks.

Rihanna

Just when you thought RiRi was done with killing it at fashion week, the singer and mogul switched up her hair in a BIG way. The Bajan beauty was photographed entering Fenty’s Paris Fashion Week after-party with a new addition to her ‘do: blunt bangs. We’re not sure yet if the bangs are legit (or just a fun clip-in sitch)—but they 100% should be.

Mila Kunis

The girl with the turquoise-tipped hair! In a pretty shocking colour change, Mila Kunis has traded in her signature dark brown locks for a funky new ’do. The actor was caught running errands on September 24 sporting blonde hair with turquoise tips. It’s a look, to say the least. We’re going to bet that this out-of-the-ordinary colour switch-up is for a role, but maybe the mama of two just wanted a big change?

Maisie Williams

She’s officially back, baby! After wrapping Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams rocked bubblegum-pink hair for a hot minute, telling Rolling Stone that it was because she “subconsciously” wanted to take a break from acting and put space between herself and her character, Arya Stark. Now she’s channelling Arya again with the dark-brown blunt bob, this time with a more reddish tint. Her hairstylist, Ryan Richman, said, “We wanted to take Maisie in a more mature direction as she is exploring new roles.” No better time to do it than the Emmys.

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner tends to be the most tame of the KarJenner sisters when it comes to hair, but the model made a *big* beauty statement at London Fashion Week. Walking the runway for Burberry, Jenner was almost unrecognizable with her newly-light-blonde hair. Haters will say it’s a wig, but we beg to differ. As Allure points out, the model is also sporting natural lowlighted roots, proving the look is 100% real. And we’re 100% here for it.

Joe Keery

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Uh, guys? What just happened to Joe Keery’s head?? You probably know him as Steve Harrington, the resident hair god of Stranger Things, but it seems like he might be trying to leave that title behind. Gone are the long, voluminous locks; they’ve been replaced by the short, unevenly cut…I want to say bangs?…that lie before you. Can’t blame him for wanting to switch it up, even if this looks like the cut a six-year-old would give themselves with safety scissors. But while the internet is upset about Keery’s chop, Esquire seems to think it’s actually low-key genius, so who knows? History will be the judge.

FKA Twigs

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FKA Twigs is really leaning in to the recent Little Mermaid hype. The British singer debuted bright-red tresses on July 31, taking to Instagram to share the hair change with her followers. The usually brunette singer didn’t caption the image, instead just tagging her hairdresser, but tbh this bright new hue speaks for itself.

Céline Dion

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Leave it to the Queen of Fashion Week to shock us not only with her haute-couture outfits but with her hairstyle as well. Dion debuted a stylish shoulder-length bob while walking around Paris on July 3. C’est magnifique!

Kim Kardashian West

Okay, this isn’t *quite* what we expected when we saw the words “light frosted brown” in celeb hairstylist Chris Appleton’s Instagram caption. But Kim Kardashian West’s new lighter look is a whole summer mood.

Zendaya

The Euphoria actress looked red-hot at a press event for her new film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, channelling Spiderman’s OG love interest MJ with newly dyed locks. Zendaya plays Michelle “MJ” Jones in the film, so it seems only fitting that the 22-year-old would pay homage to her predecessor, a redhead in the Marvel comic books. In response to speculation over whether the new ’do is a permanent change or just a wig, Zendaya replied to a fan on Twitter: “I dyed it, semi-permanent.”

Rose Byrne

The always hilarious Rose Byrne got a seriously stunning new summer look, created by celeb hairstylist Harry Josh. This isn’t the first time the naturally brunette Bridesmaids star has gone blonde, but based on the IG post from makeup artist Hung Vanngo, she has now gone from golden to platinum—and we’re here for it.

Emily Ratajkowski

Seeing model/actor Emily Ratajkowski on the Tonys red carpet was surprising enough, but the model also used her appearance at the awards show to reveal a new, 1960s-style ’do. EmRata chopped her usually long hair into a chic, voluminous bob—giving us all kinds of Jackie Kennedy Onassis vibes in the process.

Reese Witherspoon

She’s going short, y’all! Actor and proud southern belle Reese Witherspoon said “buh bye” to her long hair, debuting a summer-appropriate lob. “Thanks for my new summer cut @lonavigi,” the Big Little Lies actor wrote alongside an adorbs video of her shaking out her new ’do. Not only is Witherspoon’s new look seriously cute, but it makes her look even *more* like her mini-me, daughter Ava Phillipe—which we didn’t think was possible.

January Jones

Another celeb has boarded the blunt-bob train—and in blonde! Actor January Jones debuted a sleek new chop on her Instagram with the caption: “So I changed my mind again. @bridgetbragerhair you’re a dream.” Sharing a photo of Jones to her own account, hairstylist Bridget Brager encouraged other women to go for a short cut too, writing: “There is a bob style haircut for every woman – every hair type and face shape. If you have been teetering to make a big hair move… Fear not. Go for it! Make sure you bring inspiration pictures and thoroughly talk it out with your stylist. Get what you want!” Brager also shared that Jones had been waiting for months to get the chop, sending her inspo photos while she waited for her bangs to grow out. We’re betting at least one of those inspo pics was of fellow blunt bob fan Kim K.

Gina Rodriguez

The Jane the Virgin star has a new, summer-appropriate ’do—and we are *here* for her lighter, shorter hair. Rodriguez debuted a wavy layered cut and warm balayage colour on the ’gram, where she captioned her post “Nuggets and new do’s” (a reference to her cute tee) and credited celeb stylists Grace Zip and Anh Co Tran.

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain is doing it all with her new hair: a shoulder-length bob *and* bangs! We’ve seen the Zero Dark Thirty actor work bangs in the past, but with the addition of the fresh trim, some outlets are calling this look the “hottest haircut of the summer.” Chastain debuted her fresh cut, courtesy of hairstylist Renato Campora, while promoting her new movie, X-Men: Dark Phoenix in Mexico City.

Ariel Winter

The Modern Family star is part of a whole new world—the world of redheads, that is. In a not-so-subtle change, Winter went from black to “Disney red,” debuting her new, brighter look on her Instagram. Btw, the comparison to another famous Ariel is v. intentional. In a post to her social media, Winter struck a pose, captioning the photo “part of yourrrrrr worrrrrld.”

Brie Larson

The Avengers: Endgame actor is proving that she’s not afraid to go for the chop with her newest ’do. The actress debuted a sleek bob at the launch of MLH Sigil Fragrances on April 30. Larson’s fresh look was on full display in a photo she posted on Instagram, in which she posed at the event beside friend Melinda Lee Holm. The star captioned the photo: “Congrats to my sister @melindaleeholm on the launch of her product line #MLHSigil. I love watching you grow and I love supporting all the magic you bring into the world. Check out her stuff – it’s the best ever.”

Taylor Swift

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Although Swift has been rocking pink hair since the iHeartRadio Awards, we finally got a good look at it yesterday as she bypassed paps on her way into her NYC apartment. It also looks like she’s added more pink since the awards show, which is a fitting change since she’s been filling her Insta feed with pastel hues for a few months now. Fans are speculating that it has something to do with a new album, and this countdown from her stories last night def supports that theory:

Camila Mendes

Well, Veronica Lodge has officially left the building (for now). Mendes, who plays Lodge on Riverdale, turned in her darker ’do for a return to her lighter brown roots. Which is no easy feat. In an Instagram post, hair colourist Matt Rez said the process of removing Veronica’s trademark blue-black colour took six hours (!) in order to keep “the integrity of her hair.” In addition to the new colour, the actress also traded in her sleek TV hair for a shaggier cut by Buddy Porter.

Demi Lovato

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Just in time for spring, the “Cool for the Summer” singer debuted her new chop, rocking a stylish lob on the ’gram. Sharing her new look to her Instagram followers, Lovato captioned the photo: “New hair wassupppp.”

Rachel Brosnahan

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Brosnahan, who plays Midge in (our fave show) The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, just took her signature dark hair to a fresh shade of dirty blonde. Colourist Kitty Greller is responsible for the new colour, which actually isn’t all that new—Brosnahan’s natural hair colour is blonde. We’re hoping this means another badass story arc for Midge where she rebels against the comedy patriarchy, but we won’t know for sure until season three premieres later this year.

Mandy Moore

Looks like the This Is Us star got a fresh springtime chop, courtesy of longtime hairstylist and friend Ashley Streicher. Moore is also a Garnier ambassador, so she made a change to her colour too, getting rid of her blonde highlights and going back to a rich brunette.

Emilia Clarke

There was a ton of buzz surrounding this colour change after rumours circulated that Clarke achieved it herself with (gasp) a box-dye kit. But her hairstylist Jenny Cho cleared things up with this Insta post, shouting out Nicola Clarke for the colour. Tbh, we initially didn’t have that much trouble believing this was a box dye because it did look a little flat on the red carpet. But we understand the inclination to go brunette, especially if Clarke is trying to separate herself from her role as the platinum-haired Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones.

Kerry Washington

When hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew saw Washington’s Schiaparelli dress for the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party, she immediately thought of Audrey Hepburn. And that, of course, meant a pixie cut. Just hours before the party, she posted this mysterious Insta of the back of an unknown person’s head, and we now know it was Washington getting a fresh, Audrey-inspired chop.

Karlie Kloss

Right before New York Fashion Week and just months after her wedding, the model lost a whopping seven inches off her hair courtesy of stylist Harry Josh. It looks fresh and pretty, and the texture and layers make it stand out among all the blunt chops celebs seem to be favouring.

Hailey Bieber

Model Hailey Baldwin wearing an oversized brown and black striped blazer, debuts her pink hair

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Taking inspo from the Pink Ladies’ Frenchy, Baldwin debuted a pink ’do to kick off the new year, having dyed her usually blonde hair a bubblegum pink. This isn’t the newlywed’s first foray into pastels. She first rocked pink hair at last year’s Met Gala (with then BF Shawn Mendes on her arm), giving off major couple goals *and* major hair goals.

It may be a different year, and she may have a different beau (and last name—at least on IG), but some things remain the same: Baldwin is definitely still pretty in pink.

Chris Messina

Chris Messina debuting his new blond hair at the Golden Globes 2019 red carpet

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Actor Chris Messina (of The Mindy Project and Sharp Objects fame) surprised fans at the 2019 Golden Globes when he stepped out with platinum hair. With his new look, the normally brunette actor joins a growing list of celebs, including Kylie Jenner, Hilary Duff and Pete Davidson, who are testing out the theory that blondes have more fun.

The moment Messina walked out on the carpet, the internet was shook and hella thirsty.

The actor has always been hunky, but has he *officially* joined Steve Carrell as a full-on #zaddy? Some people in the FLARE office were in full support of Messina’s golden locks, saying that dear sexy Danny can pull off anything. Others were convinced that this is the result of a Zayn Malik-inspired mid-life crisis.

According to a tweet by Good Morning America producer Tony Morrison, Messina’s switch-up is most likely work-related. The actor is set to star in the upcoming DC film Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) as villain Victor Zsasz. If that’s the case, let’s just say that he makes being bad look real good.

 

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