All the best celebrity hair transformations of 2020
Let these A-lister looks inspire your next makeover
By Isobel Larkin
Beauty Crew Digital Content Editor / December 18 2020
In the world of celebrities, hair makeovers seem to take place almost constantly. And, 2020 has already seen loads of A-lister haircuts, extensions and colours changes happen.
Whether you're simply wanting to check in your favourite A-listers' latest looks or get some fresh hair inspo for yourself...
Here are the best celebrity hair transformations of 2020.
The model and new mum took to the ‘gram to bless us with the softest whisper of a curtain fringe. The subtle update is a great low maintenance option in lieu of shorter styles, especially if you’ve got a new bub and baby daddy to wrangle every day like Miss Hadid.
We have a sneaking suspicion that Chrissy Teigen may be one of those annoying humans who can look good with any hair cut. The model and mum-of-two just ditched her beloved extensions for the iconic ‘90s cut: ‘The Rachel’. Watch out Jennifer Aniston, the Friends reboot may be looking at a recast.
Bella Hadid just debuted an edgy blonde pixie cut for her latest Dior shoot and it’s giving us serious Kris Jenner vibes. Whether or not the model took inspiration from the infamous momager, the short ‘do looks stunning on Ms. Hadid, perfectly framing her eyes and drawing attention to those cutting cheekbones. Divine.
Kylie Jenner is following in the footsteps of older sister Kim with her latest look. The makeup mogul has managed to nab herself a waist length wig that’s reminding us of Kim’s short stint as a fiery redhead earlier this year. Kylie has opted for a slightly pinker hue than her sister however, pairing the impressive lengths with a monochromatic burgundy makeup look for a top-to-toe visual feast.
One of the benefits of shaving your head is being able to rock the hell out of a wig – just ask popstar Halsey who’s donned a Rainbow fish-inspired number this week, no doubt to keep things fresh and funky during the silly season. The singer even matched her peridot-hued glitter eyeshadow to her green roots – we LOVE!
Everyone’s favourite meme queen Debby Ryan has just revealed that she’s been hiding a super trendy shag mullet from her fans. The ex-Disney star shared the edgy new chop with the caption: “Also cut a bunch of hair off my head last month or whenever.”
Kim Kardashian West
Kardashian West has been easing herself onto the balayage bandwagon for some time now (most recently rocking a dark to light chocolate blend), but this is definitely the lightest her ends have been in ages. In fact, we're going to go ahead and take it as official confirmation that ombré is making a triumphant return just in time for 2021.
Perry switches her hair look up like we do our sweatpants; she's done everything from pink and blue to blonde and black. Talk about range, huh? So while bronde waves are certainly less bold than some of her previous styles, the 'Carole-Baskin-meets-Adele' lookalike vibe she's giving off definitely has us doing double takes.
It appears Demi Lovato is a master of disguise... the singer kept fans guessing earlier this week when she appeared to make a quick wig change during the People’s Choice Awards and the popstar has just revealed the reason behind her wild hair antics on Monday – she’s only gone and chopped all her bloody hair off! The stunning new cut is giving us ‘80s biker chick meets Storm from X-Men vibes and we are seriously LIVING for every moment of it.
Bella Hadid is quite quickly becoming our favourite hair chameleon, with the supermodel seemingly adopting a new bonnet at every and any possible opportunity. And now, the trendsetter has done it again, shifting her caramel E-girl locks into a startling shade of fire engine red. The devilish change was one of three looks the model imagined for her limited-edition Chrome Hearts collab that dropped over the weekend.
After sampling subtle takes on the 'peekaboo hair' trend in an array of shades from blue to purple, D'Amelio has now decided to go one step further in her bright hair colour journey, embracing a face-rimming raspberry hue. If you listen super closely, you might just be able to hear every one of her 79 million TikTok followers buying colour kits...
Khloé Kardashian's impression of mum Kris Jenner may be infamous, but it seems younger sister Kylie Jenner is now coming for the KJ-impersonating crown. She just shared a snap of herself sporting this dark pixie crop on a shoot for an upcoming Kylie Cosmetics collection, and the resemblance is uncanny.
As hardcore Lizzo stans, we are literally frothing over the singer’s new red shag cut.he loose, wavey style frames her beautiful facial features , while the ruby red hue complements her deep brown eyes and praline lacquered lips. She shared the daring new look with her IG fans, shouting out the hair whiz responsible for the update: “Y’all can’t handle red Lizzo 🦑 hair by @theshelbyswain”
Cabello just chopped off her long hair security blanket for the first time ever, and we must say, we're huge fans of the new vibe. "LOST MY SHORT HAIR VIRGINITY!!!! I’ve had long hair all my life it’s TIME TO FEEL THE AIR ON THESE SHOULDERS BABY," she captioned her 'gram, which happened to include a photo credit shoutout to boyfriend Shawn Mendes. How ironic that while he's growing his hair out, she's cutting hers...
It looks like Jenner was determined to get in before the influx of 'Carole Baskin' Halloween costumes hit the 'gram. Switching her light brown blowout for centre-parted golden curls, the recent Kylie Cosmetics shoot seemed to pay homage to the infamous Tiger King star's signature style (especially when paired with the animal print aesthetic she's got going on here...)
Any Harry Styles super fan (ahem, all of us) could identify every one of his eras by the hairstyle he had during it (examples include 'Frat Boy Harry', AKA our beloved "Best Song Ever" stage). After rocking longer length for quite some time, though, Styles has now made a triumphant return to what fans affectionately refer to as 'Dunkirk Harry' (named for the chop he sported in the 2017 film), and we could not be more excited.
It appears Kendall Jenner has dedicated the last few months to growing out her hair (that or she managed to get her hands on the world’s most natural-looking extensions). The model’s bronde silky lengths are impressive to say the least, cascading past her shoulders to fall around her waist. Could it be that long hair is back? We’re definitely going to be keeping tabs on this hair journey...
Lana Del Rey
Del Rey has been rocking blonder, longer locks for the past few months (who could forget when she kickstarted the lightening process with a little lemon juice?), but it seems she's now embracing vintage vibes with her hair as well as in her music, debuting retro Marilyn Monroe-esque pin curls during a recent Instagram Live.
Benson has definitely dabbled in the coloured hair arena before, but this new neon peach hue has us downright obsessed. And while we'll miss her creamy blonde (it was the perfect shade of vanilla, after all), we're 1000 per cent here for this tousled tangerine texture.
King loves to keep us on our toes with her hair looks; she's shaved her head three times for different roles, after all. But while she's played with wigs (we all remember her iffy hairline in The Kissing Booth 2) and extensions for about a year now, she just debuted her first real-hair transformation in quite some time, opting for a chic above-the-shoulders chop.
After embracing mermaid-length locks and her natural wavy texture for most of 2020, Hudgens has revealed a sleeker, shorter, straighter look (perhaps in preparation for an elaborate costume; let's not forget she's the queen of Halloween). "Bye hair, it's been funnnn," she captioned the pre-chop pic, before noting that the new 'do felt "so fresh n so clean".
Taking a leaf out of big sis Khloé Kardashian’s book, Jenner seems to be going down the warm brunette route as well. The beauty mogul shared a pic of her hazelnut curls adorably styled into a pair of Ariana Grande-esque ponytails either side of her head, topped off with some on-trend face-framing tendrils. We love this cutesy look on the young mum.
Aussie supermodel Duckie Thot has gone blonde! Earlier this year she dabbled with a lighter hue of bronde that left us frothing, but this latest icy iteration is *everything*. Creamy, honey tendrils anchored down by some heavenly chocolate brown roots… umm it’s a chef's kiss from us.
Ultimate mega babe JLo has been keeping things uber casual as of late; the singer updated her curly shag cut with some hip-grazing hair extensions that are giving us serious Shakira-dancing-on-a-mountain-top-singing-Whenever-Wherever vibes. The mum of two hilariously captioned the EXTRA look on Instagram saying, “Back to basics”. If that’s basic, we don’t even want to know what she thinks of our ‘dos...
Jonas just traded platinum for pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, layering a fluoro fuchsia shade over his bleach blonde buzzcut.
Hale's been brunette, blonde, bronde and even blue-black before, but we've never seen her red. "The one colour we've never done. Finally!", her hair colourist Kristin Ess shared alongside a snap of her new copper locks (and of course, the now-relevant redhead emoji).
Though it may be technically more of a style refresh than an actual transformation – and we are big fans of Eilish and her two-tone slime green signature mullet – we love seeing her play around with different hairstyles. The singer recently posted a picture of his chic ‘90s updo, which shows off her sculpted brows and soft features. It’s a *chefs kiss* from us.
Swift sure has been busy during the pandemic, bunkering down at home and birthing a whole new album. But she’s also made time to grow out her fringe, resulting in a full fluffy, ‘80s moment – think Kate Bush but with a little less volume. Honestly we just want to see how far T-Swizz is willing to take this look, it’s likely we could be looking at some Guns N’ Roses-level hair the next time she emerges…
Hale's hair colour is always on point, but the cobalt blue wash she just layered over her deep brunette is giving us serious Pretty Little Liars flashbacks; don't pretend you don't remember Aria's pink streaks... The cool colour is gorgeous against her alabaster skin and brings out the icier tones of her eyes, too.
Kim Kardashian West
Kardashian has been switching up the length of her locks a lot lately, first swapping her lob for waist-grazing extensions and now taking things to the next level with these floor-length braids. Her hair stylist Chris Appleton shared the snap alongside the cheeky caption, "Guess how many inches 💫."
It was looking like Cyrus might be embracing longer locks for a minute there, but she's since made a return to the shorter, shaggier mullet she was sporting earlier this year. We shouldn't be surprised, really; she already made it crystal clear that the mullet was the official look of her latest era. "This was not just a random Wednesday Tiger King haircut; this was to go with the new music," she told The Wall Street Journal.
To celebrate the release of her YouTube documentary, ThisIsParis, Paris Hilton held a celeb-studded bash, and dressed to the nines in her best party attire – topping off her look with a last minute hair switcheroo that involved an interesting use of hair dye. The aquamarine and peach mash-up is EVERYTHING we could want from the OTT reality star and more. Pure genius as always, P.
Priyanka Chopra had the courage to do what we’ve all been fantasising about during quarantine… she ACTUALLY got a fringe. A round of applause for a woman that’s proven herself to be braver than most. The result of the actresses' heroics? A stunning ‘60s inspired curtain fringe that blends seamlessly into her face-framing layers and highlights. It’s a *chefs kiss* from us.
Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson has been rocking some gorgeous caramel mermaid waves of late, but the popstar recently ditched her signature look in lieu of a blonde bombshell blowout that has left us speechless. We suspect the hasty switch-up is actually a wig but whether it’s permanent or not, it definitely suits her well!
Zendaya can literally do no wrong in our eyes, she is a literal goddess. Whether she’s rocking her natural curls, donning a wig or dying her hair a sumptuous shade of crimson, she always looks polished. And her latest hair transformation has only further cemented this sentiment – just look at the shine on those braids…
We’d like to take this moment to officially crown Maisie Williams as the queen of hair transformations. The Game Of Thrones actress has always been bold with her hair choices, rocking daring shades and unconventional cuts, and this time is no different. Maisie has done a Miley and gotten herself the unofficial haircut of 2020 – a shag mullet.
Well colour us impressed! Ariel has just undergone her second major hair transformation of the year, taking her platinum blonde tresses to a dusty rose shade of pink. The warmer tone completely transforms Ariel’s features, complementing her big brown eyes and freckles perfectly.e think this may just be our favourite shade on the Modern Family actress so far.
Kim Kardashian West
It may not be as big a change as when she went Jessica Rabbit red, but Kardashian West just traded in her shoulder-length raven strands for longer locks and a lighter shade. The transformation was the work of hair stylist Chris Appleton, with the use of some mermaid-esque milk chocolate extensions. He captioned the reveal, “The light brown is 🔥”, and we agree wholeheartedly.
She may be known for her iconic sky-high single pony and her usual brunette colour, but Grande just swapped out her signature style and shade, showing off two mermaid-length pigtails featuring a balayage brunette-to-blonde blend.
January Jones has pink hair! The fairy floss-coloured update comes a mere 24 hours after Jones documented a braiding incident gone wrong, where she ended up with an accidental mushroom-shaped perm. The Mad Men actress clearly welcomed the change and lack of frizz, captioning the look, “🌸what a difference a day makes”.
After laughing via Instagram Stories that we were all finally going to know what her true natural hair colour was during lockdown, it seems Bieber decided to ditch her brunette roots and bright blonde ends in favour of an all-over honey hue that significantly softens the stark shade difference.
Kehlani has been on a hair journey for a number of years, growing out her curls to an impressive (and may we say adorable?) curly bob as of late. And so when it comes to her natural texture she’s been keeping it pretty lowkey, until recently when she updated her curls with a lovely warm shade of nutmeg brown and some toasted coconut highlights. We are in LOVE!
Despite telling followers when she first made the blonde-to-brunette switch that blonde 'still owns her heart', Kardashian has now delved even deeper into the darker realm, swapping her long locks and caramel colour for a chic, sharp dark chocolate chop.
Kaia Gerber only lasted a mere few days as a bleached blonde before doing a complete 180. The model dropped this pic of herself on the ‘gram sporting a new fairy floss shade of pink with the caption: “pink is punk. watch my igtv to see @guidopalau remotely creative direct my dreams of going pink 💕”. Is it just us or is her new strawberry hue giving off major Clementine from Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind vibes? Either way j’adore!
After a long and winding road of hair colour changes this year, Kaia Gerber has finally achieved a deliciously creamy shade of bleach blonde and we are in awe. The effortless colour deepens at the roots for a subtle hazelnut latte ombre effect that was well worth the wait.
"Hello Merpeople", Gaga appropriately greeted fans via her mermaid mane 'gram reveal. The beautiful teal-blue blonde wash has an equally beautiful meaning behind it, too; in fact, it was created to pay homage to her colourist Frederic Asparas' late mother. "Rocking color by @fredericaspiras named after his mother who just passed...Suzie’s Ocean Blonde. I love you Freddie 💕💕 this was extra special glamour with love 💕 🌊," she shared in her caption.
Birthday hair changes are nothing new for Jenner, but this time it looks like she's drawn her inspo from somewhere very close to home... in fact, her new milk chocolate curved-in bob is a carbon copy of older sister Khloe Kardashian's latest look. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?
Excited to be free of her cumbersome hair extensions, Jessica Simpson shared a (slightly blurry) selfie to celebrate her literally lighter hair in its natural form. “This is blurry, but good Lord I love to be extension free,” she captioned the image, and we have to agree; the collarbone grazing shaggy lob is the ideal low maintenance cut and is uber flattering on a multitude of faces, including Miss Simpson’s.
Jonathan Van Ness
Saying goodbye to his signature ‘Jesus-waves’, Jonathan Van Ness took scissors to his lengthy tresses, swapping his go-to look for a shoulder-grazing lob. We love the modern new style on Jonathan, which he’s chosen to wear flatteringly parted to one side – it’s really freshened up and elevated his look. We can’t wait to see it in a man bun!
She's hardly one to load her 'gram up with selfies, so a fresh shot of Adele is always a treat. Her latest snap, however, is in a league of its own, considering it serves as the debut of the best beachy blonde mermaid-esque texture to ever grace this earth (no, we're not being dramatic; look at it). We knew she had natural curls, but we didn't know they were this good.
Shot for the Chanel issue of Chaos SixtyNine magazine, Kendall Jenner looked every part the quintessential cool French girl with her new wispy fringe à la Jane Birkin. Although it’s a departure from her sleek, straight hair, we love the piecey rock ‘n roll style on Kendall.
Bachelor in Paradise lothario Ciaran Stott has ditched his signature mane of blonde hair for a shocking shade of pink that has completely ruined his ability to moonlight as a Lucius Malfoy impersonator in the future. Bad move Ciaran. Edwards & Co stylist Natalia shared her handiwork with the caption: “Aussies next bachelor haha @ciarranstott got himself a makeover and it FIRE. CUT by me. COLOUR by @nicole_edwardsandco. Styled with @elevenaustralia.”
Chrissy Teigen has gone “short again”, or at least that’s how the model has described her new ombre lob, cut and styled by Hairstylist Irinel de León. The cropped ‘do is giving us serious flashbacks to Teigen’s 2020 Grammys hair — a look we absolutely loved.
Always one to watch when it comes to switching up her style, Keke has transformed her hair yet again, this time going for some uber cute passion twists. The fun hairstyle is particularly nostalgic for Keke, who spent her youth at summer camp rocking a similar ‘do: “I love my twists (thank you @euphoricstylez) they’re really making me wish I could relive vacation bible school. I went from ages 4-6 then we started going to bible summer camp!” she wrote.
Known for dramatically flipping his hair multiple times an episode, Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski shocked both fans and co-stars alike when he decided to shave off his luscious locks. Queer Eye castmate Bobby Berk commented, “Took me a second to figure out who this was!”, while Jonathan Van Ness and Tan France cheered on the change, adding “"Quarantine makeover realness bb," and "YES BUZZ-CUT!" respectively.
Oh go on and do your hair toss, Lizzo—this shamrock shade is perfection. Taking to the 'gram to show off her fresh (and outrageously glossy, may we add) emerald hair hue, Lizzo's stunning pic definitely proved the power of a statement colour (like, she's covered in diamonte-adorned stars and we're still looking at the hair)... that's some good hair.
Ciara has blessed us with yet another powerful image of her growing baby bump. In her latest Instagram, Ciara shows off her dreadlocks, captioned "im #rooted". Connecting to her identity as a black woman, she expresses "you can't take the hood out of me".
Bella teased us with a glimpse of her new curly locks. Revealing the transformation in her Instagram story. We LOVE Bella's latest hair-do as she graduates from the milky-brown, wavy bangs we've seen her rocking in iso.
Mandy Moore is one of many celebs who have been updating their summer hair colour with easy-to-manage balayage. The This Is Us star has celeb hairstylist Nikki Lee to thank for her new ‘do. Nikki shared Mandy’s update, as well as the colour she used to lighten her hair: “Summer is full of fresh cuts and sun kissed colors! LOVED seeing my girl @mandymooremm 💕 @garnierusa #901girl #ninezeroone.”
Meghan Markle has clearly been on a hair growth journey during quarantine – the Duchess of Sussex has let her dark brown lengths gain some serious inches and tbh we are impressed. The style is refined with long, face-framing layers and a sleek, straight blow out that is giving us serious Rachel from Friends vibes.
The Duchess of Cambridge has steadily been lightening her hair over the past year but the latest iteration of her honey bronde locks is truly, *chefs kiss*. With flattering face-framing layers and a Farrah Fawcett-esque blowout, Kate is assuredly living her best hair life.
Ariel Winter aptly captioned the reveal of her platinum blonde hair transformation: “Winter Is Coming!!!!!!!!!!!”. The Modern Family star appears to have looked to Game Of Thrones for inspiration, taking her copper waves to a brilliant shade of white that is startlingly similar to Khaleesi aka the ‘Mother of Dragons’. Dracarys.
Following sister Kim’s lead, Kylie hit up hairstylist Chris Appleton to take her honey blonde ombre to a deliciously warm shade of light chocolate brown. No doubt we’ll continue to see Kylie don a plethora of crazily coloured wigs but it’s refreshing to see her touting a more natural look - she’s still sticking to her glam roots though, choosing to style her hair in perfectly coiffed old Hollywood curls.
It appears the E-Girl hair trend has finally hit the Kardashian-West house, with Kim adopting fiery red locks in an ode to the TikTok trend (and no – it’s not a wig!). Hairstylist Chris Appleton is the genius behind Kim’s new look, making us reminisce on the punk phase Kim had in the ‘90s – red streaks and all. We love a throwback moment.
Kaia Gerber may have been laying low with a broken arm during quarantine, but it appears the model has found a way to keep herself busy, by steadily taking her naturally brunette hair to this stunning shade of platinum blonde. Kudos to Kaia for pulling this off, blonde hair is not for the faint of heart.
Millie Bobby Brown
Millie’s brunette bob has evolved into California girl honey blonde extensions – seriously, what hairstyle can’t this girl pull off? The Stranger Things star chose to keep her dark roots for a more natural ombre look with face-framing highlights.
Lily Allen has decided to embrace her greys during quarantine and we LOVE it! She has somehow managed to achieve a perfect grey-to-black ombre look, while leaving her fringe long to frame her face and make her deep brown eyes pop.
Khloe Kardashian has gone completely ‘90s with her latest hair look. Showing off a cute pouty pose, Khloe revealed her take on the honey-blonde hair trend featuring a blunt cut bob and chunky highlights.
Kim Kardashian set the Internet on fire when she debuted her fresh honey blonde on Twitter becoming the first of the Kardashian/Jenner sisters to go for the shade. Cheekily she hinted sisters Kylie and Khloe had been wanting to try the shade but that she’d beaten them to it. And, we’re ready to call it: This will be one of the hottest hair shades of 2020.
In early 2019, songstress Demi Lovato chopped her long locks into a blunt cut bob. However, for a few weeks at the beginning of 2020, she shared a brief romance with waist-length hair extensions. Not for long though! In late February, Demi ditched her new lengths and unveiled a glossy chocolate bob.
Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere announced her return to social media by showing off her choppy new cropped ‘do on Twitter accompanied by a shout out to her hairstylist Naomi Szloboda: “Thank you to my girl for my bomb hair cut!!!”
Julianne Hough has joined the ranks of celebs to go pink during quarantine. The dancer slash actress pepped up her sandy blonde ombre with a muted fairy floss hue and shared the results to social media with the caption, “Fairy Kitten vibes today”.
We’ve only just managed to wrap our heads around Miley Cyrus’ Joe Exotic mullet, but it appears the singer has switched up her style yet again. Mum Tish chopped Miley’s longer mullet into a Rod Stewart-esque pixie-like crop, under the watchful eye of Sally Hershberger (the hairstylist responsible for Miley’s original mullet). Hershberger shared the new look with the caption: “I trained Tish well! :wink: @tishcyrus @mileycyrus #virtualhaircut lol”.
It appears another celebrity has jumped on the bronde hair colour trend bandwagon: Khloe Kardashian. The reality star has ditched her icy blonde locks for the creamier blonde-brunette balayage that has become popular amongst celebrities, including sisters Kim and Kylie.
Em Rata can officially add blonde bombshell to her list of modelling credentials. The Kerastase ambassador partnered with the brand to dye her hair for the first time ever, ditching her signature brunette cool girl waves. We are in actual love with Em as a blonde - she is giving us Sienna Miller vibes circa Factory Girl and we can’t get enough.
The Pretty Little Liars star has swapped her choppy low maintenance bob for mermaid-level extensions. Celeb hairstylist, Violet Teriti, was responsible for the update, though she decided to keep Ashley’s signature blonde colour.
The rapper has just debuted a two-toned magenta pink pixie crop that we are *living* for. She matched her brows and nails to her new ‘do too, opting for a deep red brow and pink ombre mani to complement the daring hue.
If you haven’t been following Marina's (of Marina and the Diamonds fame) grey hair journey during quarantine what have you been doing? The popstar started going grey in her teens but up until now has always felt the need to cover them up. We’re loving seeing the star embrace her stunning salt and pepper roots.
We didn’t think it was possible for Taylor Hill aka the world’s most adorable human being to get any cuter, but apparently we were wrong. The model chopped off her long beachy waves in exchange for a shoulder grazing bob. Low maintenance, uber-flattering, we love everything about this. More of this in 2020 please.