She’s an icon that has transcended generations not only for her music contributions to modern popular culture but also for her many (and I mean MANY) iconic moments of beauty and fashion. From large snakes to floor length denim ball gowns, when it comes to fashion choices, Britney Spears isn’t afraid to get a little crazy, instead choosing to anchor her more wild looks with classic hairstyles that evoke a pageantry flair that speaks to her Southern heritage.
We can only hope that you follow Hailey Bieber’s example and start incorporating these timeless styles into your daily hair styling repertoire.
In honour of a woman so bold only she could burn down her own gym and call it an accident, (anarchic, pyromaniac Britney Spears is without a doubt our favourite brand of Britney Spears btw) and in the interest of our eight-year-old self, here is a list of some of the pop icon’s best hair moments throughout the years.
Hit Me Baby One More Time
We start where our obsession with Britney began, with the infamous ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ video. This clip is a smorgasbord of great hair moments; obviously those pigtails have transcended pop culture status at this point, but the humble half-up half-down, double ponytail look is undoubtedly the unsung hero of this whole production. Practical enough for the basketball court and a highly choreographed dance routine, this is the style that’ll have your back through a day full of errands and possibly a sweaty hot yoga sesh. Sorted.
Spears has even inspired the hair styling decisions of some of our other favourite celebrities. Case in point? Hailey Bieber hit us one more time with the ‘90s-era tomboy look that Spears was serving. Bieber sported a cutesy set of plaits that she debuted via TikTok:
If only we had a wind machine on-hand 24/7 to really pull off the full early noughties interpretation of the Farrah Fawcett flick that Brit’s got going on in the ‘Lucky’ video. Whether you’re suspended from a hula hoop or rolling around the back of a limo, the fanned out bob works for a myriad of occasions. If you’re feeling really funky and want to mix this one up a bit, layer a few chunky clips and pin back the fan. Did someone say cute?
Oops I Did It Again
We don’t know if it was the chunky blonde highlights, the bulky extensions, or the sleek, smoothed over side fringe that tickled our fancies as children, but to our eight-year-old selves the hair and makeup in the ‘Oops I Did It Again’ video was the height of fashion. Period. This is a statement we still stand by.
Britney is channeling the unrivaled hairography skills of hair legends Stevie Nicks and Tina Turner in this one, whipping her voluminous, ‘80s-inspired bonnet across the floor as she angrily dances her way through a complicated chair choreo routine. Super easy to recreate at home - wind machine optional.
I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman
Ummm is it just us or is this video evidence that Britney actually invented the piecey lob? This is the height of understated cool, and probably the easiest style on this list to recreate, simply requiring a few texturising products. Add a few skinny braids at the front for a bit of a boho edge or a statement noughties-approved hat to mix it up.
Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Girlfriend and Beauty Heaven.