The latest celebrities to show off their natural hair


Prepare to be surprised!

Beauty Crew Digital Content Editor / July 01 2021

While we’ve become somewhat immune to the extravagant hair transformations of our favourite celebrities, from Kylie Jenner’s endless colourful wig collection to Lady Gaga matching her hair to her iconic periwinkle blue dress, what does take us by surprise is when a star actually embraces their natural locks.

Once a rarity amongst Hollywood’s elite, more and more celebrities are feeling comfortable to both share – and sport – their natural tresses both off and on the red carpet. Late last year, Jennifer Aniston shocked fans when she debuted her natural hair at The Morning Show’s NYC premiere, which surprise, surprise, is not actually straight! 

At the time, her long-serving hairstylist, Chris McMillan, who is the brains behind her iconic haircut ‘The Rachel’, described the rare beauty move as an "honour to be a part of" on Instagram.

"The hair is Jen's natural curl and waves," he confirmed in the caption, alongside a photograph of the former Friends star flexing her chameleon-like abilities at the premiere. 

The trend has continued since, with stars Cardi B – an avid lover of colourful wigs – and Vanessa Hudgens both taking to Instagram earlier this week to share an exclusive look at their natural locks. Hudgens shared a series of photos and videos with her followers, writing "Not even gonna try to do my hair with this weather lol sooo this is what it’s gonna be."

Below, we’ve rounded up all the latest celebs who have embraced their natural hair.

Jennifer Aniston

 After helping Aniston embrace her natural waves, hairstylist Chris McMillan said it best:  “This was such an honor to be a part of. The hair is Jens natural curl and waves. Dried natural and touched up minimally.” C’est magnifique.

Vanessa Hudgens

She’s wearing her natural texture for all to see, but Vanessa Hudgens insists it’s only because the weather is impeding her ability to style her hair, “Not even gonna try to do my hair with this weather lol sooo this is what it’s gonna be”.

Kylie Jenner

Usually one for a full fantasy wig illusion, Kylie Jenner keeps her natural hair relatively short in a chin grazing bob that shows off her natural wave.

Lili Reinhart

Reinhart’s natural fluffy, bouncy waves are on full display as she cuddles with a menagerie of adorable baby animals – we are so jealous.

Ariana Grande

In case you didn’t know, what with her hair always being up in her signature sleek high ponytail,  Ariana Grande’s actually a curly-haired girl. The singer and Nickelodeon star has been vocal about having to rehab her hair after constantly dying it red and heat styling her hair on set left her with bald patches.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Not one to shy away from embracing her glorious mane of hair, Tracee Ellis Ross is actually the proud founder of Pattern, a hair care brand intended for all your curly and wavy haired needs no matter your curl or wave pattern.

Sharon Alexie

French model Sharon Alexie is the queen of mixing it up when it comes to protective styles and she likes to keep us on our toes – from locs, to braids, to twists she’s rocked it all – but we have to admit, we personally always love it when she returns to her natural texture and shows off her afro.

Jodie Turner-Smith

After seeing the actress in Queen & Slim, it’s clear that Turner Smith is one of those rare people who looks stunning with short hair. But this bleached, closely shaven take on her natural texture is also divine and uber-flattering, bringing out the brown in her big, beautiful eyes. We are in love. 


Rocking waterfall waves while closing out her runway show with Tommy Hilfiger, Zendaya proves once again that we are not worthy to exist on the same earth as her. That is all.

Megan Thee Stallion

Although she may have them tucked neatly away beneath an adorable kangaroo bucket hat, Megan Thee Stallion’s curls are most definitely shining. The rapper is usually one to stick to wigs when working, but decided to give the high-maintenance hair a day off while she chilled with friends, opting to let her soft curls take centre stage instead. 


The R&B singer has just popped fresh highlights through her natural curls and is clearly loving the change, choosing to flaunt her enviable volume on her IG feed. The low maintenance brownie and toasted coconut bob is the perfect summer shade and cut combo for Kehlani, who’s known for her fun and fresh style.

Sarah Hyland

Taking to the 'gram to share her new self-proclaimed title of 'Rubeus Hagrid's daughter', Hyland captioned the snap "this is what happens when you brush your hair #curlyhair". The comments were as hilarious as the pic too, with others even comparing Hyland's volume levels to Monica's in the infamous Barbados episode of Friends....


Khloé Kardashian

A recent episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians showed Kardashian bunkered down in her bedroom for several weeks after testing positive for Coronavirus, but while the illness was awful, her hair was fantastic. In fact, we'd go as far as to say she looked like the spitting image of Sandy in the final scene of Grease, and we hope she continues wearing her blonde bob naturally curly once the lockdown laws have lifted too.

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Megan Thee Stallion

While her 'body-ody-ody' is no doubt a serious blessing, Megan Thee Stallion was also blessed with some seriously lustrous locks. She recently showed off her freshly washed curls via Instagram, revealing that she was on the hunt for black-owned brands designed to nourish her natural texture. "Kellon and I are about to see how healthy and long we can get my hair 💪🏽 drop any of your favorite black owned hair care lines for natural hair 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾," she captioned the video, which was shot by her longtime hair stylist Kellon Deryck.


Ashley Tisdale

Despite the fact that we got to know Tisdale with Sharpay Evans' signature blonde blowout, her natural hair is actually both brunette and curly. But while she's been rocking a colour closer to her natural one for some time now, she recently took to Instagram to show off her curls.

"The older I get the more I appreciate my hair texture," she captioned the picture. "It’s so funny how when we are young we want what we don’t have. When these are the things that make us different, and THAT is what makes us unique and beautiful."


Madison Bailey

As one of the stars of Netflix's 2020 breakout hit Outer Banks, Bailey is certainly no stranger to beachy texture. But while she often embraces glossy blow-waves and sleek updos for events, she also loves to show off her gorgeous natural curls (and we'll bet you can see why; they're stunning). "My natural hair wanted to show OUT today," she captioned this recent Instagram Story snap, and we are here for the hair positivity.


Emily Ratajkowski

Okay, okay, we'll admit it; Ratajkowski's recent Instagram Story didn't exactly drop any details about her 'do, so it could be the work of a heat styler designed to give a natural effect. But the way we see it, she's either blessed with god-given tousled texture, or envious enough of those who are to replicate the look. Either way, it looks an absolute treat on her.


Lili Reinhart

Natural skin isn't the only thing that Reinhart likes to spotlight via social media; her natural hair comes out to play every so often as well. Our favourite thing about this look? It's not a fresh-from-the-shower snap just to show her curls – it's a full-fledged look that serves as a curl-celebratory styling suggestion, with a face of low-key but luminous makeup and a baby pink bandana polishing off the vibe perfectly.


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Main image credit: @vanessahudgens