All the chicest celebrity hair transformations of 2023
Cuts, colours and everything in between
Digital Beauty Editor / December 07 2023
There's no question who leads the charge when it comes to inspiring hair changes across the globe - like, if Hailey Bieber gets a bob, literal millions will follow suit. And spoiler alert, she has.
Hollywood hair changes basically serve as a Pinterest board for anyone else itching for a new look. Whether they're adding extensions, getting a chop, switching shades, or anything in between, there are two wins: they look fabulous, and they offer us another hit of inspiration.
So if you're looking to see what cuts, colours and trends the stars are loving this year, you've come to the right place. Here are all the chicest celebrity hair transformations of 2023...
Winnie Harlow's latest look? A feathery mullet; short at the front, long in the back, and textured all over. The look is quite versatile, considering it looks like a cute pixie crop from the front, but can still be pulled into an array of pony or bun styles.
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Beyoncé’s always been a fan of blonde hair, but the singer usually sticks to warmer honey-coloured hues. However, when she arrived at the premiere of her film Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé, she debuted a brand new look that was an epic slay: icy, platinum blonde hair. But it should be said, her freshly bleached strands are so white that she could moonlight as Kim Kardashian circa her Pete Davidson era or a long lost relative of Draco Malfoy. Secretly, we’re hoping to see the inevitable return of Queen Bey’s signature honey blonde…
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Rihanna is officially in her blonde era, debuting yet another hair refresh after going caramel blonde in early October. The Fenty Beauty founder was spotted in LA on November 11 sporting straight, honey-blonde locks down to her waist. Her new hue, paired with a glossy brown lip, is giving us major '90s vibes and we are so here for RiRi's new era
Nicola Coughlan's latest hair look is a far cry from her Regency days. Her refreshed platinum blonde colour is now accompanied by a whole new style. The long-layered shag cut perfectly speaks to a whole new hair era for the actress. And, boy, do we love it.
Daisy Jones and the Six star Riley Keough is channelling her grandmother Priscilla Presley with her latest hair change. Rocking her red locks for quite some time now, the 34-year-old debuted raven-black hair on her Instagram Stories ahead of her appearance at the Virginia Film Festival.
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For her 2023 Halloween costume, Ice Spice absolutely rocked a Betty Boop get-up. While her black, finger curled 'do isn't permanent, it's clear that the 23-year-old rapper can pull off just about any colour. Parted in the middle, the natural-looking wig featured face-framing curly wisps, reminiscent of the character's flapper-like style.
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Lady Gaga performed with The Rolling Stones at their record release party in New York City on October 19th, and the chameleonic performer channelled her inner Joan Jett for the surprise set. Gaga showed up to the gig in a bi-colour sequin flared jumpsuit reminiscent of David Bowie's "Aladdin Sane" era and a shaggy haircut with curtain bangs. Is it just us or does she look like Daisy Jones And The Six character Karen Sirko (played by Suki Waterhouse)?
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Rihanna has been loyal to her naturally dark brunette hair colour for a while now, but on October 4th the Bad Gal was spotted in New York City heading to Carbone for her boyfriend A$AP Rocky's birthday with a ‘90s-inspired caramel blonde updo. The beauty mogul even matched her lip look to the mocha tones of her hair, lining her lips with a rich brown lip liner and a few coats of a brown-nude lip gloss.
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Florence Pugh’s hair has undergone a series of drastic transformations this year. Since the start of 2023 she’s rocked a creamy blonde bob, walked the Met Gala red carpet with a buzzcut, briefly dyed her hair pink, and returned to her natural shade of blonde (but this time with dark roots). It’s now October, and the actress has bleached every strand of hair on her head for Paris Fashion Week and is now sporting an almost-white Draco Malfoy shade of blonde. What’s next?!
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Miley Cyrus has been the poster child for the Gemini hair trend since late 2021, when the ‘Used To Be Young’ singer debuted a skunk-ified head of blonde and black hair. But for the first time in almost two years she’s stripped away all hints of blonde for a tonally monochromatic shade of deep, dark brunette. Cyrus shared a paired back picture of her new hair via Instagram to celebrate the first collection under Gucci’s new Creative Director Sabata De Sarno. “Congratulations on your beautiful debut show as creative director,” Cyrus wrote in the caption. “Your stunning heart was shown in every stitch. I love you and am so proud. Now give me everything.” And in more amusing news ex-Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna slid into the comments section just to tell Cyrus her transformation reminds her of two of her favourite people on the planet: “I’m just going to say it, you look like you could be one of my daughters in this photo.”
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Taylor Hill like you've never seen her before. We can't get over Hill's dramatic pixie chop! It's giving edgy, it's giving chic... Seriously, with cheekbones like that, the model can pull off absolutely any style with ease. We're excited to see her new beauty looks as a short-haired gal.
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When both looks are this slay it's impossible to play favourites. We'd be lying if we said we weren't a little sad that Em Rata has said toodle-oo to her redhead era. But the author recently posted a selfie of her chocolate mane to her Instagram stories alongside the song "Baby, got back", and we're living for her return to brunette.
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Looking like a true California girl, Gigi Hadid and her long mermaid waves stepped out with pal Kendall Jenner over the weekend looking like the ultimate beach babe. As for the colour, Hadid has ditched the platinum blonde in place of a warmer gold. Could she slowly be inching toward giving the copper trend a whirl? Stay tuned...
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It's not the first time Kim K has tested out a new hairstyle and it certainly won't be the last. This time around? Our girl's got bangs.
After years of dedication to the centre part (despite her brief Dolce era side-sweep), she's now reppin' a front fringe. It's a move we didn't see coming but one that we love.
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Spotted: queen B (*ahem* whoops take two), queen Leighton Meester sporting totally iconic 50s inspired micro-bangs. While the move isn’t the most drastic change Meester could’ve done, shortening her choppy bangs is still a definite look. Is she channeling Blair Waldorf owning the right banks of Paris? Perhaps, she’s definitely giving us old-world glam with this new look. BRB, booking a hair appointment.
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We're one week away from spring and Zendaya is taking the change of season in her stride. The Euphoria star shared a selfie of her '90s blowout bob to Instagram with the caption "need a little refresh." As for the colour? It's hard to tell in the lighting but it appears as if Zendaya has gone darker. Hopefully we'll get another selfie soon...
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Kourtney Kardashian Barker
It seems even the pop-punk girlies aren't immune to Barbie-mania. Kourtney Kardashian Barker has rebranded as "Barbie Barker" since debuting her new platinum blonde locks via Instagram. We love it!
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Emma Stone has gone back to her blonde roots! After rocking red for quite some time, the actress is embracing her naturally lighter locks with an all-over bleach. This isn't the first time this year that the star changed up her 'do, however. She also rocked long raven locks for her film Poor Things (see below).
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Have we lost Sydney Sweeney to the world of rock 'n roll? It's sort of looking that way. The Euphoria actress was spotted filming a music video in Los Angeles this week wearing head-to-toe leather and what we're guessing are waist-length hair extensions.
So how would we feel about Sweeney taking a step back from acting? Devastated. But how do we feel about her new rocker-chic hair? Obsessed.
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Em Rata has "gone red" and boy are we tempted to follow suit. Though we've seen the model toy around with a copper wig once before, this is the first time she's actually pulled out the dye and made things official.
We loooove it!
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Abbie Chatfield's latest hair transformation has made the case for doing, well, sweet nothing. The FBoy Island host shared a picture of her "mousy brown" mane with the following message: "if you're thinking about going back to your natural hair colour, this is your sign".
Chatfield added, "I'm saving so much money and time and my hair has never been healthier."
Okay, we're sold...
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Aside from one brief dalliance as a red head, Shay Mitchell has always had her feet firmly planted in camp brunette. However, along with the rest of the world, the Pretty Little Liars actress has been swept up in the global Barbiecore movement and as such, has made her debut as a platinum blonde.
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Nina Dobrev's fringe has been hard to miss. The actress has generously provided not one but 17 images of her freshly cut front fringe on Instagram over the last 24 hours. Though it’s a far cry from her Elena Gilbert days, we’ve got to let Dobrev grow up at some point and what better way to do so than with a set of heavy bangs?
Coming from a family full of brunettes, there’s only one person in Kaia’s life her latest blonde ‘do could’ve taken inspo from. And that is? Her boyfriend Austin Butler, of course. If there isn't a Barbie and Ken Halloween costume in the works, we'll never recover.
It might be a shoot for the upcoming season of American Horror Story, but honestly, Roberts' long blonde locks are giving Wild Child 2. As in Poppy Moore pre-makeover if you know what we mean...
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Dylan Mulvaney is in her blonde era. The TikTok star recently chopped off her signature long brunette waves in favour of a blunt bob, and now she’s transformed her locks once again. Mulvaney debuted her blonde hair in an Instagram post captioned “Kinda living for this quarter life crisis”. And then absolutely slayed the red carpet at the Tony Awards. If this is what a quarter life crisis looks like, we’re about to have one too…
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We love Nyong'o with any style (and she's truly tried almost all of 'em), but a fresh shave looks incredible on her, there's no doubt. "Happy without hair!", the star captioned the snap of her new look, and we're equally ecstatic about the change.
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Sadie Sink’s cascades of long copper hair have long made us swoon with envy. But as it turns out, the Stranger Things star is ready for a change. Sink got snapped in the cockpit of a recent flight with Croatia Airlines sporting a seriously short haircut. We’re talking shoulder-grazing length here, people. We’re assuming the chop (and the trip to Croatia) is for a new role, but we’ll just have to wait and see…
Emma Stone has spent the majority of her acting career duping fans into thinking she’s a natural redhead. Her act has been so convincing because she undoubtedly suits the copper shade we’ve become so accustomed to seeing her dye her hair. “My hair grows out blonde, but my colouring is similar to that of a redhead,” Stone admitted to Refinery29 in 2012. “I really like having red hair. I'm a natural blonde, but I really like the red.” But we have a feeling her latest stint as a raven-haired spook in her new film Poor Things will convince the actress to try a cool-toned brunette hue in the future — she looks amazing.
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The Met Gala is the perfect place to debut a new haircut. Something Florence Pugh now knows firsthand. The actress shaved her head especially for the 2023 Met Gala red carpet, and she decorated her fresh buzzut with a sky scraping feather crown. Iconic.
Miley Cyrus has been teasing us with the idea of going back to her brunette roots for a while now. Her half-and-half look was genius, but fans were really excited when they saw photos of Cyrus over the weekend with moody deep brown hair. She’s kept a few streaks of platinum blonde, but we think it’s safe to say her blonde era is officially over.
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Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion recently updated her look with a fresh fringe (cut especially for the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party) but now the rapper is switching up her hair colour too. She typically sports a voluminous head of deep brunette curls, but she’s heated up her look with touches of copper and caramel through her lengths and ends. It’s giving Foxy Cleopatra vibes.
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Celebrities have always used Coachella as a way to try new beauty and fashion trends, usually embracing a festival-themed wardrobe and makeup kit to showcase another side of their personality. But this year, Hailey Bieber took a more utilitarian approach and debuted a shorter crop and a simple style that erred on the side of effortless to commemorate the start of her stay in the desert.
Duff’s a big fan of switching up her hair length (and loves to play with mermaid-esque extensions), but she’s now revealed that a bob cut lies beneath all that usual length and volume! We’ll wait to see if she keeps the chop long-term or adds her extensions back in, but we’re voting for ‘keep the bob cut’. Those flipped out ends are so fun!
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Considering this is a woman who's been mocked for having "the same hairdo for 20 years" (a fact not so-kindly pointed out by her The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills alum, Brandi Glanville) we're so here for the shake up. Rinna stepped out at the Vivienne Westwood show during Paris Fashion Week wearing a rounded bowl-cut wig. And in an environment where it's borderline impossible to stand out, Rinna's '80s
-inspired look caught everyone's attention. Whether you love it or hate it, Rinna took her own advice and did nothing but "OWN IT"!
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Kourtney Kardashian Barker
Kardashian Barker's punk-rock beauty era is evidently still going strong; she just bleached her signature jet-black hair a bright icy blonde! "It’s giving ✨Tinkerbell X Rockstar✨🖤," one commenter noted and we couldn't agree more.
Images via: @kourtneykardash
We've missed having Demie on our screens (Euphoria season 3, when?!) so when this snap popped up on Instagram Stories we were overjoyed. The delight only doubled when we saw her cool-girl crop has grown out into a French-style bob. We cannot wait to see the looks she serves as part of this new era...
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Someone play "Wrecking Ball"; it seems Dixie D'Amelio is taking her cut and colour cues from Miley Cyrus's 2013 'Bangerz' era. We loved the look on Cyrus then, and we're obsessed with this platinum pixie on D'Amelio now.
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Plaza kicked off 2023 with a bright blonde moment, but she's now returned to her signature shade: brunette. It seems she enjoyed her lighter era, though, as her new brunette is definitely not as deep as her prior one. She's even showing off some honey highlights scattered throughout. Chic!
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She only returned to brunette mere months ago but Kardashian couldn’t stay out of the ‘hair transformation’ lane for long, opting for something we haven’t seen on her yet: curtain bangs. We have no doubt we’re about to enter an entirely new (and potentially edgier) era of Kim…
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Zendaya just confirmed 2023 world bob domination, taking to her Instagram Story to debut a freshly-chopped short style that also happened to be showing off stunning (and equally new) shades of honey.
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We haven't seen King with hair this long and flowing in years! And that sunny strawberry bronde shade? Stunning! Yes, we said strawberry bronde. It's not as light as blonde and not as dark as brunette, but definitely has some strawberry warmth going on.
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Sivan's blonde reveal came in the form of an Instagram post with a dynamite caption: "babe wake up that blonde bitch is back 😒," the singer wrote. He'd been brunette for over a year, and while we love both colours, the blonde really makes those baby blues pop.
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Have we entered another era of what Gomez's fans have lovingly dubbed 'Blonde-lena'? Perhaps! While some commenters guessed Gomez's snap of her flipping her blonde locks could be a throwback, we're holding out hope that she's hit the bleach for real. We just love the adventurous makeup moves she makes when she's got lighter locks!
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Natural red hues may be trending in the hair world right now, but Jordyn Woods decided to take things a few steps further, opting for a bright Jessica Rabbit red instead. Matching her mane to her makeup in an Instagram carousel, Woods treated followers to a glimpse of her new scarlet strands styled into an Old Hollywood-esque updo, and we're loving this look on her.
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Jisoo or Audrey Hepburn?! The stunning Blackpink star recently stepped out sporting a brand new set of baby bangs. With hair as glossy as hers, any style would look a million bucks, but there's no doubt that this vintage-inspired front fringe is pure retro perfection.
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Nicole Scherzinger is officially a blonde! The singer's hair stylist Dimitris Giannetos blessed fans with a snap of her newly lightened locks, and it's giving Pamela Anderson in the chicest way possible. Commenters were quick to note the resemblance between newly blonde Scherzinger and Kim Kardashian's recent bleached look, with one writing: "Great makeover and she could be Kim's twin!".
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Hailey Bieber's influence over the beauty game doesn't look to be slowing down! She basically just coined 2023 'the year of the bob'. The rhode founder just revealed a short, sharp and extremely chic chop, and it's safe to say the Internet is obsessed. "Oops," Bieber captioned a range of mirror selfies showing off the fresh cut. Doesn't look like a mistake to us!
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Millie Bobby Brown
Ah, the life of an actor. Sometimes you must sacrifice your buttery blonde extensions (and switch to a copper bob) for the sake of a role. And that's exactly what Millie Bobby Brown did for her upcoming project Damsel. While it's unclear if her stint with red was a wig or her real hair, it's yet another bold hair move she's made in the name of Netflix.
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Dove Cameron's first hair change for the year? Trading her deep brunette for this rebellious red. Debuting the statement shade via an Instagram post celebrating her birthday, Cameron made damn sure that the Ariel aesthetic got an edgy update for 2023. We loved her blonde, and we loved her brunette, but we think red might be her best colour yet.
Images via: @dovecameron
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