Our favourite celeb hair transformations of 2016
The big hair changes that might just inspire you
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / January 10 2017
Celebrities have to be style chameleons, changing their beauty looks almost every time they hit the red carpet. And while we love it when they embrace new makeup looks, there’s nothing we love more than a major hair change.
While some debut new styles on the red carpet, these days celebs tend to take to Instagram to reveal their transformations, which gives us a sneak peek into the hair trends surfacing in Hollywood and beyond.
Click through the gallery to see the best celebrity hair transformations of 2016.
While Selena has been rocking lightened curls and a front fringe since July, it seems the singer has returned to a more natural look. Songwriter Justin Tranter posted this photo on his Instagram, showing the singer’s darker locks, which have also been chopped into a lob – a hairstyle that has undoubtedly been one of the the biggest celebrity hair trends of the year.
The Pretty Little Liars actress has taken quite a leap from her standard beachy blonde hair colour and has dyed her hair fairy floss pink for the holidays.
The Orange Is The New Black star has swapped her signature raven black locks for a vivid pink pixie cut. She even added a touch of pink hair dye to her brows!
Gigi Hadid might be known for her golden blonde waves but the model has replaced her signature hair colour for a darker hue. The new look definitely falls under the category of brunette with the darker hue at the roots transitioning into a lighter caramel shade throughout her lengths and ends. We’re not sure if this change is a permanent one or simply a new look for the winter months, but either way, we’re loving Gigi’s new locks.
Olivia Munn proved lobs are still the hair trend to try this season as she chopped off a whole 30cm to get this look! Olivia's textured lob was cut and styled by Christian Wood for the premiere of Office Christmas Party over the weekend. We love!
Hilary Duff is no stranger to a dramatic hair change - she’s had green, pink and silver hair in the past few years. This time however, the singer and actress took to her Instagram to reveal her newest look, a chic, wispy fringe! Definitely her best look to date.
Hailey Baldwin has been through a few hair changes in the last few months, debuting a textured lob at the MTV VMAs and more recently lightening her blonde colour. Now, the model has undergone a more dramatic hair transformation, showing off a pink and peach colour over the weekend. Hailey’s new look features an ombré of pastel tones which allows for her her dark roots to show, complimenting her naturally dark eyebrows.
After rocking a dark brown lob and occasionally sporting a faux fringe in recent months, the actress has now opted to grow out her strands (or rely on some clip-in hair extensions) and return to blonde hair. We love Lucy’s new caramel blonde colour, which is all thanks to celebrity hairstylist, Kristen Ess.
We know Lily Collins isn’t afraid to change up her hair look, as the actress debuted bright red hair only a few months ago. Although Lily went back to her brunette roots, she recently showed off another dramatic hair change at the Valentino show at Paris fashion week: a jet-black colour change with a full, blunt fringe.
Last, catching our attention with her textured lob at the MTV VMAs, the model has done it again by debuting a fresh colour on Instagram. Typically known for her darker roots, the model has lightened both her roots and her overall shade into a fresh, lighter blonde. Perfect for the change of season! Source: @haileybaldwin
It’s pretty clear that Taylor Swift isn’t afraid to experiment with her hair, with the singer debuting an edgy platinum blonde lob earlier this year. This time, however she’s opted for a new 70s-inspired ‘do, which features a soft, full fringe and shaggy layers created by celebrity hairstylist, Gareth Bromell.
After lightening her hair and chopping it into a lob, the hilarious model returned to her roots and showed off darker and longer locks, curled to perfection by hairstylist Jen Atkin for New York Fashion Week.
Like many other celebrities, including Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner, actress Emily Blunt took the plunge and cut an on-trend lob, pairing it with a lighter colour – a big change from the actress’ traditionally darker, longer style.
Jumping on board the fringe bandwagon, the model debuted a long, choppy fringe at New York Fashion Week. However, in typical Kardashian style we’re keeping an eye out in case we’ve been fooled by wigs yet again.
To put a fresh spin on her signature ponytail, the singer has added a thick, blunt front fringe.
The model and actress made a change from her usual lengthy do with a fresh lob, which she pulls off with ease.
Amanda took to her Instagram recently to reveal her new dramatically new ‘do. The actress has swapped her signature long blonde waves for a much shorter dark brown bob!
Image credit: @mingey
After dying her lob from a dark brown back to blonde earlier in the year, the Scream Queens actress has debuted platinum blonde extensions for the start of her summer Press Tour for the show.
Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams has undergone a major hair transformation. The actress recently debuted blue-green hair, which is a striking change from her usual brunette locks.
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While the British model has never shied away from bold beauty looks, we were fairly accustomed to her golden locks. Recently making a drastic hair change, Jagger debuted her new colour, which she nicknamed ‘tango’ on Instagram. She credits the bright look to Alex Brownsell. Source: @georgiamayjagger
Sophie Turner, best known as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, has recently debuted a new do’ on Instagram. The British actress has ditched her signature red locks in favour of a platinum blonde look. Source: @sophiet
After dying her hair chocolate in March for the filming of the movie Dirty Dancing, Breslin has returned to her natural blonde. Debuting her fresh look on her Instagram, Breslin credits Nine Zero One Salon, who are also responsible for Lea Michele and Selena Gomez's new summer looks. Credit: @abbienormal9
Chrissy Teigen has lightened up the ends of her hair, sharing a cute snap of her new hairstyle on Instagram. She captioned the pic “vacation hair ready” and we couldn’t agree more, her fresh ombré ‘do makes the perfect summer style.
Taylor farewelled her platinum bob and debuted this toned-done ashy style that's a bit more reminiscent of the star's usual blonde colour
Seen in March with darker honey-coloured hair, Emma Roberts has gone back to her roots (literally) by lightening her hair back to a platinum blonde shade.
Sarah Hyland took to Instagram to debut her new auburn hair. The actress previously dyed her locks dark brown in March for her role in the remake of Dirty Dancing, but claims her new colour is “bringing in the rest of the summer vibes” and a tribute to co-star Debra Messing.
Bella Hadid has added an edgy fringe to her usually classic look. The model shared sneak previews on her Snapchat and Instagram before debuting her new ‘do on a night out in New York. Many are speculating if the fringe is real, and while the question still remains, we’re definitely keeping a close eye on this one.
Kendall Jenner first gave fans a sneak peek of her new haircut on snapchat last Friday. The following day she stepped out with the same style, confirming the new ‘do is not a wig. Her shoulder-grazing cut is a big change from the model’s long locks, and comes just in time for the American summer.
Khloe Kardashian has changed her hair, yet again! This time around the reality TV star has chopped her locks even shorter. Celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkins posted the pic of the new chin grazing ‘do.
Celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo posted this picture on Instagram of Selena's lighter, balayaged (and very thick, luscious) locks.
Actress Lea Michele upgraded her brown locks with honey blonde highlights, and we are totally in awe.
Emma didn't stick with her brunette locks for long, recently showing off this grungy and choppy platinum bob (which isn't too different to Taylor Swift's. Do we smell a trend?)
Lily Collins has gone red hot! She sported her newly dyed ‘do on Instagram with the caption “Fuelling the fire within. Red hair don't care.”
Model Suki Waterhouse underwent a major hair transformation, changing her honey-coloured hair into long, platinum blonde locks.
Ashley Tisdale couldn’t contain her excitement with her latest hairstyle, captioning: “When you love your hair so much you can get caught taking a selfie”.
Kate has worked for BEAUTYcrew since early 2016, first as a contributor, before being named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine.