All the best celebrity hair transformations of 2021
Someone hold us back from the scissors...
By Team BEAUTYcrew
December 21 2021
Celebrities are definitely chameleons when it comes to their hair.
Whether they're switching it up for a new album era or movie role, colouring it pink to join the cotton candy hair club, or committing to a mullet moment, Hollywood hair changes come a mile a minute. So, to make sure you don't miss a single one, we're rounding up all of 2021's boldest, bravest and best cuts, colours and tress transformations.
Whether you're here for inspiration's sake or just to see what your fave faces look like without their signature style, you've definitely come to the right place...
Pop princess Jesy Nelson may be fond of switching up her hairstyle by way of a wig or two, but the singer just debuted some caramel balayage strands that are most definitely hers. The natural-leaning look features some face-framing money piece strands in a creamy blonde hue, but it’s her caramel brown base that has us obsessed.
Images via: @jesynelson
Has Addison Rae traded bronde for blue? Temporarily at least, yep. The star made a seriously convincing case for colour coordination, too, matching her freshly dyed mane to her nails and outfit. We appreciate the commitment.
Images via: @addisonraee
No, Cyrus hasn't ditched her signature platinum blonde, but she has added a little extra edge to it, this time in the form of some bold black streaks. Some are referring to the bound-to-be-big trend as the 'skunk hair' aesthetic (first modelled by Dua Lipa, of course), but we think Cyrus may simply be vying for a role in an upcoming Cruella sequel.
Images via: @mileycyrus
Every time we turn our heads Billie Eilish seems to get her perfectly manicured hands on a pair of scissors and update her shag. This time around the 19-year-old pop star has sharpened her shag into a hairstyle that can only be described as a hybrid between her iconic wolf cut and a mushroom bob (we’re coining it the ‘mushroom shag’ FYI). Eilish softened her strands with a ‘70s blowout to match the dreamy warm set-up of her perfume photoshoot. Heaven must be missing an angel.
Image via: @billieeilish
We may only have been blessed with a blurry Instagram Story selfie thus far, but it's still crystal clear that Sivan looks damn good with jet black locks. Did we love his piecey bronde mix too? Sure. But a chic all-over raven hue (and the fact he could now pull off a rather convincing Danny Zuko impression) will always win our stamp of approval.
Images via: @troyesivan
To celebrate the conclusion of her conservatorship and her subsequent freedom, Britney Spears enlisted the help of celebrity hair stylist Dimitris Giannetos to take her brassy blonde to a buttery, creamy hue. The hair wiz also tinted the pop star's brows for a more natural look that perfectly frames her beautiful brown eyes.
Cameron has been experimenting with a more lived-in shade of blonde (featuring a noticeable brunette root shadow) for some time, but has now swapped her signature shade for the darker hue entirely.
Images via: @dovecameron/Getty Images
When it comes to Jojo Siwa, let’s be real, her iconic blonde ponytail is definitely a hot piece of real estate. While some celebs may be in the business of insuring their most prized personal assets (à la Rihanna and her million dollar legs), Siwa decided to mix things up with a brunette hue inspired by her Dancing With The Stars dance partner Jenna Johnson. The pair even matched their toe nail polish – now that’s some dedication.
Images via: @itsjojosiwa
Gomez has gone through quite a few hair transformations this year (a set of curtain bangs and a switch from her natural brunette to a bright blonde among them), but this sleek, chic chop may be our very favourite. Taking to TikTok to debut her brand new blunt, glossy bob, Gomez reminded us that yes indeed, flicked-in ends are in fact the moment.
Images via: @selenagomez/@selenagomez
Richie has been embracing various hues of bronde and blonde for a few years now, but revealed via Instagram that she's gone "back to her roots", AKA this stunning shade of hazelnut brunette.
Images via: @sofiarichie
From Megan Fox to silver fox! Fox’s raven-hued hair is as iconic as her Jennifer’s Body lighter meme, so the Internet practically imploded upon the reveal of her new silver strands. It doesn’t seem to be a wig, but it may be temporary, considering she teased a future film release in the caption.
Images via: @ashk_holm/@meganfox
It feels like we're living a teenage dream again; Perry just posed on a carpet with her iconic long black hair. Is the colour temporary or the work of a wig? Possibly. Is the length an extension-aided mirage? Potentially. But will we enjoy being in our 2010 feels while we can? Absolutely. Alexa, play 'California Gurls'...
Images via: @katyperry/Getty Images
Kardashian has definitely been bright blonde before, yes, but it's been over a year since she graced us with her platinum presence and so we're celebrating the icy colour's return nonetheless.
Images via: @khloekardashian
Boynton has been our ultimate beauty muse ever since Bohemian Rhapsody and we’re certain pictures of her signature textured blonde bob would’ve made it into many hairdressers' hands. But recently the actress made a big change, switching to a copper colour and shoulder-grazing style with a blunt curtain fringe. Needless to say, she’s still our ultimate beauty muse.
Images via: Getty/@halleybrisker
We knew she'd gone red but we had no idea she'd gone this red. It appears the Sansa Stark-esque copper colour Turner gave us a glimpse at a few months back (or the blonde bangs before it, for that matter) were just stops on the way to her destination: this gloriously glossy fringe-free garnet.
Images via: @sophiet/@joejonas
Kehlani recently innovated her look with an on-trend checkerboard of two-tone hair colour à la Cruella Devil. The singer styled her new lengths with a pair of polished French braids that left us swooning. Just *chefs kiss*.
Images via: @kehlani
There was a time when Miley's mullet was making headlines all around the world, but TBH the business-in-the-front, party-in-the-back look is just park of her rocker chic package now. When she styles it into a gravity-devying mohawk, however, now that's a moment. Why? Because that's a party (fittingly in the USA; it was for a Fourth of July performance) all around.
Images via: @mileycyrus/@resortsworldlv
In our heads, Emma Stone's hair will always be a chic scarlet bob. So you can imagine our surprise when she stepped out at the premiere of her movie Cruella with this lengthy mane.
Images via: Getty Images
She's flirted with fringes quite a few times over the years, but hell, we'll just say what everyone's thinking: these face-framing curtain bangs are the best look she's ever rocked. And with J.Lo, that's really, truly saying something.
Images via: @chrisappleton1
When it comes to The Queen's Gambit, there are two types of viewers: the ones that are dying to learn chess, and the ones that are desperate to dye their hair a Beth Harmon-esque red. Evidently, Hadid is the latter. "She is dedicated to everyone responsible for The Queen's Gambit," she captioned her red hair reveal.
Images via: @gigihadid
Shakira's vibrant red colour may have technically been a mistake, but hell, it's the chicest, most striking mistake we've seen in a while. "The idea was to go more pink, but I ran out of pink... I needed to mix it with another product I had, that was little more intense..." she shared via Instagram, showing off a vibrant Jessica Rabbit red blow-dried to absolute perfection.
Images via: @shakira
The reality TV star and beauty mogul recently shared an adorable image of herself to IG that had us doing double takes. Is it just us or does Kim look just like 3-year-old daughter Chicago with these Baby Spice-inspired pigtails and loose face-framing strands? Regardless, we’re loving this playful look on the mum-of-four.
Images via: @kimkardashian
The members of Little Mix are some of our biggest inspirations when it comes to trying daring new styles. One third of the pop trio, Leigh-Anne, is no exception. The 29-year-old, who was previously sporting a waterfall fringe and full head of curls, has ditched the style in favour of some truly stunning butterfly locs in a creamy hazelnut brown hue. We’re all *heart eyes* over this one.
Images via: @leighannepinnock
The mum-of-one has reverted back to her natural deep chocolate roots and taken her mermaid lengths to the extreme while she’s at it. The youngest Jenner shared the snap of her new hair while on vacation in Mexico recently, donning an impressive set of knee-grazing extensions, while serving us a modern-day interpretation of the Venus de Milo. Exquisite.
Images via: @kyliejenner
Jessie J’s taking a stroll down memory lane with her latest chop. The singer took a pair of scissors to her lob for a homemade take on the tried and true short bob and fringe cut she adores so much. Adding in her caption that she's available for hair consultations via Zoom if anyone’s interested: “Home haircut by me. Appointments for haircuts by me now available on zoom... 👀 Monday - Friday. DM me for details.”
Images via: @jessiej
Jenner changed her hair colour last year more than we switched our sweatpants, but she started 2021 off strong by trading in her 'Jessica Rabbit' red in favour of a return to her signature raven hue.
Images via: @kyliejenner
They ditched their long locks right before 2020 wrapped up, but Lovato just took their platinum crop into pastel pink territory, layering a cotton candy colour over the top of their bleached blonde.
Images via: @ddlovato
After breaking out the bleach for 2020, TikTok star D'Amelio opted for an edgy cut and colour combo, returning back to the jet black shade we met her with, but debuting a chin-grazing new chop.
Images via: @dixiedamelio