All the *many* hairstyles and hair colours of Dakota Johnson
Spoiler: Brunette isn’t her natural hair colour!
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / August 22 2018
As Melanie Griffith’s daughter, Dakota Johnson has had more than her fair share of time in the public eye. So, as you can imagine, she’s well-versed on how to impress on the red carpet. She's also had decades to find that perfect balance between having a signature look and always evolving her appearance to keep things fresh.
When we think of Dakota Johnson, her curtain fringe and messy bed-head brown hair come to mind first and foremost. A look that’s not too far from her career-making character, Anastasia Steele from the Fifty Shades of Grey movies.
You may be surprised to learn that she hasn’t always been a mousy brunette with long hair. She used to rock blonde locks, regularly sways between wavy hair and dead-straight hairstyles, and has played around plenty with her hair length. But that fringe – it’s her thing and she’s sticking with it.
Here are all the many, many hairstyles and hair colours she’s worn over her 20+ years in the spotlight.
Like mother, like daughter
Where: Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party
When: 23 September, 2004
Just 14 years old at the time, attending Hollywood’s top parties was all part of being the daughter of two actors. Notice that side-swept long fringe – it’s always been in her repertoire.
Blonde and beachy
Where: Fox TV comedy night screening
When: August 26, 2012
Fast-forward eight years and her locks are even lighter. Her blonde, beach-inspired waves are a far cry from the Dakota we know today, but we have to say we're big fans of this softer look on her.
Where: Tommy Hilfiger West Coast Flagship grand opening
When: February 13, 2013
While you'd be forgiven for assuming she’s a natural brunette, her colourist, Tracey Cunningham, revealed in an interview with Refinery29 that Dakota Johnson's natural hair is actually dark blonde. It’s not too surprising given how equally incredible she looks as a blonde and a brunette.
Where: Paris Fashion Week - CHANEL Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015
When: July 8, 2014
This is when Dakota started dabbling in the dark side. We love the warm-red brunette tone with sun-kissed highlights and the sharp edges in her bangs.
Where: London Fashion Week
When: September 14, 2014
Just when it looked like Dakota was about to go full brunette, she did a full 180 and went extra light. This is the blondest Dakota has ever gone. Her blonde-all-over colour and natural texture is giving us major 'girl next door' vibes.
Her brunette debut
Where: 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala
When: November 1, 2014
2014 was full of hair colour changes for Dakota. She went from dark with sunburnt highlights, to bronde to very blonde, before finally landing on this chestnut brown hue.
Where: 87th Annual Academy Awards
When: February 22, 2015
When Dakota opts for an updo, ponytails are her thing. This sleek ponytail may be effortless, but it delivers the right amount of elegance for a red carpet event.
The messy bob
Where: 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala
When: May 4, 2015
Since going brunette, Dakota Johnson’s hair colour changing ways were put on hold. Instead, she tried new hairstyles, including this sweet bob. Note the first glimpses of messy texture starting to make an appearance…
The glossy lob
Where: People's Choice Awards 2016
When: January 6, 2016
Does anyone ever not look good with a lob? A grown-out version of Dakota Johnson's short hair look, we love how laidback this hairstyle looks on the actress.
Bouncy, barrel curls
Where: New York premiere of 'How To Be Single'
When: February 3, 2016
Barely a month since her lob days, we can only assume this thick, luscious look is the work of hair extensions. Her fringe falling around her face softens her features perfectly.
Straight and shiny
Where: 2016 Costume Institute Gala
When: May 02, 2016
Straight, shiny with a wispy fringe. When you find what works for you like Dakota has, you'd be crazy not to embrace it again and again. We never tire of this look on her.
The loose topknot
Where: Fifty Shades Darker UK Premiere
When: February 9, 2017
Dakota Johnson without a fringe is a rare sight. Pinned back here, we love the carefree feels of this tossed-up topknot.
Where: 2017 LACMA Art + Film Gala
When: November 4, 2017
By now you will have noticed that Dakota Johnson's hairstyles tend to be fuss-free and left down. But 2017 was her year of updos.
The textured ponytail
Where: 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards
When: January 7, 2018
This is how you make a ponytail look sexy. Love the kinks, love the highlights, still love her signature fringe.
Where: 2018 Big Screen Achievement Awards
When: April 26, 2018
Was there ever a better advertisement for trying a fringe than Dakota Johnson? We think not. Even after all these years, she continues to show off how versatile a fringe can be. We need to all take note.
For more A-lister before and after shots, check out our favourite celebrity beauty transformations. And to find the perfect fringe for you, follow this guide to matching your fringe to your face shape.
Which one of Dakota's hair looks is your favourite? Share with us below.
Image credits: Getty
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