Katy Perry’s entire hair transformation timeline
She’s literally done *everything*
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / September 13 2019
Katy Perry. She’s one of the biggest names in pop music and has dominated charts all over the world. And the girl knows how to keep us on our toes – particularly in the beauty department. She’s undoubtedly a hair transformation QUEEN, and she’s forever giving us a case of whiplash with her constantly daring new ‘dos.
In the past she’s rocked black, pink, blue, purple, grey, platinum blonde and just about every other hair colour you can think of. She’s *literally* done it all – and we are so here for it! Because there’s nothing more refreshing than a celeb who knows how to mix it up.
To celebrate the hair chameleon that is Katy Perry, we take a trip down memory lane and round up some of her best (and most noteworthy) haircuts, hairstyles and hair colours throughout the years.
Look how teeny she is! Fresh-faced and bright-eyed, the old Katy wore her jet-black hair in a shaggy, undone style, ‘cause that’s how you roll in 2002 (along with flared jeans and Converse sneakers, of course). While her natural hair colour is actually a light blonde/brown, this darker hue became her signature look.
Attending a NYFW party, Katy showed up with her signature Katy Perry haircut – long black locks styled in textured waves, and a VERY extra flower accessory. Too much? Never.
This was around the time her hit single I Kissed A Girl turned her into an overnight pop star. Here, she started going for a pin-up girl kinda look, wearing her hair in vintage curls and accessorising with fun bows, clips and ribbons.
At the 2009 Critics’ Choice Awards, Katy showed off some newly chopped locks, styled in gorgeous old Hollywood waves (we’re getting major Marilyn Monroe vibes over here!). The style looked every bit elegant and chic.
This would have to be one of the first times Katy experimented with her dark hair colour. At the MTV Music Awards, she spiced up her usual black curls with some blue, purple and pink streaks for a fun, edgy look.
We were *shook* when Katy showed up to the launch of her Purr fragrance line with vibrant red hair! Sporting her usual curls, she styled her new ‘do in a deep part, complete with a pair of kitten ears (so Katy).
Attending the premiere of The Smurfs, Katy took some inspo from Smurfette herself and debuted fresh blonde locks on the red (or blue?) carpet. While she’s no stranger to blonde locks now, this was the first time she rocked lighter hair.
But the blonde didn’t last very long! The singer took the plunge into colourful hair dye and rocked this bubblegum pink lob. Is it just us, or does Katy totally have a thing for dyeing her hair for the MTV Video Music Awards?!
Ponytail. Goals. At Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, Katy made all of our unicorn dreams come true with a lengthy purple and blue-coloured high ponytail. While this may be the work of hair extensions (because who can grow their bob into a Rapunzel-esque mane so quickly?!) this hairstyle is totally *made* for her.
Katy arrived at the premiere of her Katy Perry: Part of Me documentary wearing dark purple hair styled in big, voluminous curls, giving a fresh twist to classic old Hollywood glamour.
The singer dished out some serious Priscilla Presley vibes when she returned to her iconic black hue, wearing her hair loose (it’s the longest we’ve seen Katy’s hair in a while!) and parted in the centre.
Saying goodbye to her lengthy locks, Katy decided on a blunt fringe and sleek shoulder-length short hair. Her fresh new cool-girl hairstyle looks cute and chic, and just check out that shine! (Side note: Anyone think she kind of looks like Cleopatra here?).
When Katy performed in Ireland back in 2014, you’re going to bet she dyed her hair green for the occasion. The star took to the stage rocking emerald green strands while on her Prismatic Word Tour. And don’t be fooled – this was *not* a wig!
This would have to be one of our all-time favourite looks on Katy. She served some serious hair goals at the 2015 Grammys with her striking lilac hue and effortlessly tousled waves.
In 2015, Katy managed to find a new hair colour we hadn’t seen her in yet – and if you’re an ombré fan, this one is for you. Attending a showing of Hamilton on Broadway, the star changed up her jet-black hue by lightening the ends to a honey brown shade. While it’s way more mainstream than her usual style, we think she really suits it.
Katy, is that you? This stunning auburn shade is one of the most subtle and natural-looking hair colours the singer has debuted – and we love it! This colour complements her complexion beautifully, drawing attention to her stunning blue eyes.
Channelling her inner sixties, Katy went back to her black hair but mixed things up with a sky-high bouffant and side-swept bangs for the 2016 Golden Globes. And we have to say, we’re totally feeling it!
At the MTV Music Awards in 2017, Katy debuted one of her most dramatic looks yet - a white-blonde pixie cut. Almost immediately the Internet went nuts, with many claiming Katy was trying to copy Miley Cyrus’ look from 2014. So why did Katy Perry cut her hair? Well, on the Ellen DeGeneres Show the star said that it was a ‘chemical haircut’ – basically her hair started falling out because of all the damage from continuous bleaching. Fair call though – that hair has been through A LOT.
But that’s not the only reason behind her transformation. In an interview with Viceland’s The Therapist, Katy also revealed that her short hair in 2017 was a way to reconnect with herself after struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.
While the singer may have chopped her locks into a no-fuss short pixie hairstyle, she still wasn’t afraid to switch up the colour. When performing for Citi Sound Vault, she showed off another striking lime green hair look.
If you’re looking for more hair inspo, check out our gallery for 2019’s best celebrity hair transformations.
Do you like Katy Perry with short hair or long hair? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.