So here’s the tea: 2019 was a damn good year for celebrity hair, and thus far 2020 is following suit. Hollywood heads that have always been draped in long extensions are finally going the way of sleek bobs; folks are letting their natural curls flow freely; and colorists are doing really interesting, bold things with their clients’ manes. We are more inspired by the chic celebrity hair transformations we’ve seen in 2019 and 2020 than we have in the years prior, combined. So we rounded up some of the best ones.
Below, find our curated list of the best recent celebrity haircuts and dye jobs. May these before-and-after shots serve as inspo for your next in-salon move. Oh, and be sure to bookmark this page because we’ll be updating the list in real time as soon as we catch wind of a new celebrity hair look. But in the meantime, here are our faves.
We’re calling it now: 2020 is going to be Selena Gomez’s year. And she’s been dishing up the screenshot-worthy hair looks to match. From chic bangs to a curly shag to her newest look, a retro vibe that’s one part Jennifer Aniston circa Friends, one part Goldie Hawn circa her hit movie The First Wives Club, there’s simply no stopping the singer’s hair-winning streak. Last week on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Gomez paid tribute to her favorite show and real-life friend Jennifer Aniston with a look very reminiscent of one of the most iconic haircuts of all time, “The Rachel.” Gomez’s hairstylist, Marissa Marino, confirmed on Instagram that the rumor mill was correct and Rachel Green truly was the main inspiration behind the singer voluminous layers (with a touch of Goldie Hawn thrown in for good measure). We’re keeping this on hand for our next salon appointment and snapping up this brand-new volume-building blow-dryer in the meantime. - Advertisement - Don’t get us wrong—Nyong’o’s hair is never not fabulous, and taking a historical scroll through her red carpet looks is better than a trip to the candy store when we were 5. However, we’re seriously obsessed with the actress’s latest braided riff on the red-hot bang trend that’s overtaken Hollywood in the last year. Posed next to author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nyong’o shares in her Instagram caption that her plaited, pulled-up look came courtesy of hairstylist Zubi at 3130 Naturals, an Accra-based salon. We recommend taking screenshots and scooping up the below sparkler from Lelet NY to make your next braided style or updo just as elevated as Nyong’o’s. It’s no secret Blake Lively’s long, lustrous locks could, quite possibly, be the most iconic in Hollywood. So, when the actress does something drastic as she sometimes does for a role, it creates some pandemonium. Though we’re PRETTY sure her latest look is a wig (Lively wears numerous looks for her upcoming film, The Rhythm Section), we’re still bowled over by the blunt, short chop she posted to her Instagram earlier this week. We’re already (very) excited to see the film adaptation of the buzzed-about book by Mark Burnell, but Lively’s forecasted series of hair transformations is giving us even more cause to anticipate the release later this month. Over the course of her on-screen career, we’ve seen Jada Pinkett Smith take enviable hair risks like rocking a dark pixie cut, a mullet, and even closely shaved sides with long box-braids. For her latest switch-up, the Red Table Talk host debuted a striking platinum blonde color on her natural curls. The star gave us our first glimpse of the effortlessly chic new ‘do in an Instagram post on January 8, proving (yet again) that she’s still hair goals. We’ve seen Miley Cyrus rock pretty much every cut and color under the sun, but until recently, she had yet to rock her father’s iconic ’90s style—the mullet (which, by the way, is very much trending). The singer knows how to start the year off right and debuted her newest hair look this week on Instagram with a very appropriate caption: “New hair. New year. NEW MUSIC.” Miley, you have our attention. Alert: Charlize Theron has a bowl cut now. The star has been pretty consistent with her mid-length, shaggy lob over the last few years, but it looks like she’s ushering in fall with an ultra-chic, multi-tone blonde chop. - Advertisement - Even though her younger sister Kylie is the one better known for head-turning hair moments, we couldn’t help notice (and immediately screenshot) Kendall Jenner’s major blonde moment while walking Burberry’s London Fashion Week show. Interestingly, not all the models debuted blonde hair, so we’re left wondering if Jenner’s new look is more permanent than a quick flick of a wig backstage. Regardless, we’re into it. Um, hello chicness. Yesterday, January Jones debuted this sleek summery bob by her hairstylist, Bridget Brager, who captioned her Instagram post of the cut with “Welp, we finally did it! … @januaryjones has sent me #bluntbob hair inspiration pics for months!! We’ve been waiting for her (old) bangs to grow long enough to give that perfect blunt bob, middle part look. Patience.” Forever a hair chameleon, Kiersey Clemons can pull off anything. We are living for her newest look: a super-short blonde crop, which she just debuted on her Instagram with the tennis ball emoji. Accurate!
Sensing a trend? Kim Kardashian West had onlookers shook when she stepped out last week donning a blunt bob much like January Jones’s. A breezy, low-maintenance cut to go with her new-mom life.
We are loving how natural-hair icon Logan Browning, star of Netflix’s freaky new thriller The Perfection, is growing out her curls. Check out how much progress she’s made since January of this year. (Click to watch a Vogue video of how the actress masters her signature bouncy curl pop.) We’ve never seen Games of Thrones star Sophie Turner with bangs before, but now that we have, we don’t even remember what she looked like without them. Her hairstylist, Christian Wood, really nailed this one. Undercuts are a subtle way to switch up your hair look. Halle Berry is proof: In May, the 52-year-old icon arrived at the screening of her new film, John Wick, wearing a messy topknot and creative, wavy new undercut by her genius stylist, Ohre Kilpatrick. Kendall Jenner has been known to play with faux bangs, and we are fans of it every time. (They add a certain vintage, East Coast vibe to her Cali-girl look.) She wore this sleek pony with short, blunt fringe to E!’s upfront event in NYC this May. Teen music wunderkind Billie Eilish has been rocking different shades of blue since she rose to fame in 2017, but we’re really digging the new dark gray. Since earlier this year, Priyanka Chopra has darkened the ombré color she’d been sporting and added some extensions. Whomst is this chic redhead? Modern Family star Ariel Winter or Ariel from The Little Mermaid? We stan this drastic hair color transformation, which happened in early May. The coppery hue (achieved by Tabitha Dueñas at Nine Zero One salon in Los Angeles) really brightens up the 21-year-old’s overall look. Model Irene Kim is known for sporting bold hair colors (maroon was her shade of choice for most of this year), but the jet black is a surprising, dare we say elegant, departure. And in that tight, low pony with a middle part? So polished. Model/actress Hari Nef’s hair was dark brunette for the longest time, until she went full Brigitte Bardot with a creamy blonde color in 2017. This year, she’s exploring more of the color wheel. This auburn hue matched with the long, wavy style and bangs is so ’70s groovy. Want more celebrity beauty transformations? Don’t miss our favorite celebrity makeup looks of late.