These Celebrity Hairstyle Transformations Will Inspire You To Head Straight To The Salon
Celebrities are an excellent source of inspiration when it comes to hairstyles since they often try on different trends. Stars like Zoë Kravitz and Kerry Washington may persuade you to try something dramatic like a pixie cut, while January Jones and Kaia Gerber are all about the bob. Then there are the celebs who have grown their hair out for a longer style, like Claire Foy and Kate Hudson. Read on for before-and-after photos that will have you thinking about your next trip to the salon.
Zoë Kravitz Chopped Off Her Braids
Zoë Kravitz followed in her mother Lisa Bonet’s footsteps for years in terms of hairstyle. Both women love to sport long braids, but Zoë stepped out of her comfort zone and tried a pixie cut.
She first pulled off the look back in 2017 when she also bleached her hair. The change may have been too much too fast, because she went back to the braids before again going with a pixie. This time, she kept her hair dark, letting the attention stay on her impeccable bone structure.
Jada Pinkett Smith’s Blonde Pixie Cut
Jada Pinkett Smith kept her hair dark and long for years, but she’s no stranger to the blonde pixie. Some may recall that she sported the look in the ’90s, but back then she tended to keep her curls intact.
This time around, Jada went with a sleeker look. She straightens the longer portion on top and sweeps it over to one side for a stylish ‘do that is equal parts spunky and sophisticated.
Julianne Hough Went Short And Blonde
Since emerging on the Hollywood scene, Julianne Hough has been a redhead, a blonde, and a brunette. Throughout her many color changes, the one thing that remained the same was the length and general style of her hair.
Julianne broke that consistency when she chopped off her locks and dyed them a light blonde. The style is especially fun-loving when she returns to her usual waves, but can also be sophisticated when she straightens her short cut.
Rowan Blanchard’s Shaggy Close Crop
Actress Rowan Blanchard’s shoulder-length hair with a middle part did make her look grown-up, but it lacked the character that her new hairstyle brings to the table. Rowan traded in her long locks for a closely-cropped cut that we adore.
The style offers enough length to give her volume while still leaving her neck and shoulders exposed. Her new part is pulled heavily to one side and lifted with gel for a delicately edgy look.
January Jones Has A New Bangless Bob
January Jones looked like your average beauty-next-door with her bangs and wavy locks. She grew out her fringe and made her hair one even length again by adopting the bob.
The actress also dyed her hair a few shades lighter, but left her roots dark for depth and contrast. The result is a striking look that makes her seem red-carpet-ready any day of the week. Plus, the style frames her face and elongates her neck.
Jessica Chastain’s Above-The-Shoulder Flip
Jessica Chastain maintained her long, red-headed hairdo for some time, but more recently she’s decided to go with a shorter, bouncier look. She cut her hair to about her shoulders and styled it with a flip.
She also added some side bangs that sweep over to the same side as her part and emphasize her wavy hair. The shorter look makes her hair look fresh and healthy as ever and the sleek style underscores her shiny locks.
Kerry Washington’s Wispy Pixie
We’ve typically seen Kerry Washington’s dark hair at or around shoulder-length and styled wavy, straight, curly, and everything in between. The actress mixed it up when she boldly cut her hair close to her head.
She made the pixie cut her own by keeping her hair a few inches long all the way around and adding some sweeping bangs. The look makes her dark eyes and cheekbones pop like never before and emphasizes her lean facial structure.
Kaia Gerber’s Wavy Bob
Kaia Gerber’s long hair made it difficult not to see her striking resemblance to her mother, Cindy Crawford. Though Kaia has followed in her mother’s modeling footsteps, she proved she could do so without such flowing locks.
The starlet chopped her hair to about her jawline and style it as a wavy bob. Though the model’s facial features still evoke her fortunate genes, her hairstyle now seems more her own. It also has an air of sophistication that makes her look more grown-up.
Mandy Moore Swapped Her Bangs For Highlights
Mandy Moore has styled her hair all sorts of ways over her years in the limelight. After sticking with a dark brunette, medium-length hairstyle with fringe, she went in a completely different direction.
Many grew out her bangs and returned her hair to one even length by cutting the ends up to her collar bone. She also lightened up the color and styled it wavy for a more relaxed look that suits her charming personality.
Nicole Kidman’s Face-Framing Layers
Nicole Kidman has switched between red-and-blonde and short-and-long many times over the years. After her more recent return to a long, red-headed look, the actress shortened her hair and put in face-framing layers.
She also bleached it, which makes her blue eyes pop even more. Nicole’s long side bangs drop down from her middle part and draw the eye to her cheekbones. Though her hair is different in both photos, one thing remains the same: her bright red lipstick.
Emilia Clarke Went Longer And Darker
Emilia Clarke went bright blonde for her role in Game of Thrones, but she chopped off her hair once filming completed. Though the blonde look was sharp and appealing, it wasn’t long before the actress returned to her brunette days.
She’s since let her hair grow out to her shoulders and styles it just slightly over to one side for bounce and volume. Emilia also gives it a carefree look with some tousled curls and highlights.
Miranda Lambert’s Long Ombre
Miranda Lambert has predominantly stuck with the same hairstyle over her country music career, but she’s recently mixed it up. She first cut her hair into a bomb that she’d part to one side and keep either stick straight or wavy.
Now, Miranda has grown back out her hair to the length we’re used to seeing it, but she did put another twist on it. The singer dyed her locks ombre style so that her roots are dirty blonde and gradually fade to platinum.
Chrissy Teigen’s Dark, Shoulder-Length Waves
Chrissy Teigen stunned with her long, caramel-colored waves. But the model was ready for something new, so she decided to go with a more fun and flirty look. Chrissy cut her hair to a little past her shoulders and returned it to its naturally dark shade.
She brightened it up with highlights and styled it with wavy curls for a style that suits the red carpet or everyday life. The side part and shorter length complement Chrissy’s round face and cheeks.
Scarlett Johansson’s Dark-To-Light Long Bob
Though Scarlett Johansson has rocked the gamut of hairstyles, this was the first time we saw her with a dirty blonde ombre bob. The look resulted from her previous pixie, which she styled to perfection as it grew out.
Once her hair was down to her shoulders, she cut it so that the back was slightly shorter and parted her hair down the middle. Scarlett also dyed her hair a blonde ombre so that the roots are brunette while the tips are almost platinum.
Kate Hudson’s Jaw-Length Curls
Kate Hudson was another celebrity who had to try out the pixie cut. She did the opposite of what Zoë Kravitz did, emerging with a brunette pixie for added shock value. Later on, she returned to her blonde hair that we’re used to seeing her with.
Though the actress looked sharp and stunning, she took on a more approachable style by growing her hair back out and parting it to one side. She curled her blonde locks for added bounce and charm.
Claire Foy’s Shoulder-Length Waves
When actress Claire Foy followed suit with the pixie cut trend, she did so in a more understated way. She cut her dark hair up to her head and parted it to the side for a simple, everyday look.
Claire’s more recent hairstyle is a little more glamorous. She grew her locks down to her shoulders and parted them closer to the middle so that hair falls near her eye line. The subtle curls and lowlights give her an effortlessly elegant look.
Elisabeth Moss’ Asymmetrical Bob
Elisabeth Moss’s long, wavy hair kept her looking casual. Though the beachy waves are a lovely style, Elisabeth gave them a sophisticated twist when she cut her hair into an asymmetrical bob.
She achieved the look by parting her hair to one side and leaving the length a little longer on that half. She also added in a few wispy side bangs that maintain her carefree style while also dressing her hair up a bit.
Reese Witherspoon’s Shoulder-Length Cut
Those who remember Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama know that the actress is no stranger to short hairstyles. She’s played with different hair lengths for decades, but more recently, she seemed committed to her long locks and side-swept bangs.
Reese dumped the beachy look for something more modern by growing out her bangs and cutting her hair to her shoulders. The actress keeps it naturally straight and parted to one side for a cute but adult look.
Katy Perry Grew Out Her Platinum Pixie
When Katy Perry emerged on the music scene, she was easily recognizable for her consistently long, dark hair. She demolished that affiliation by going with a blonde pixie well into her days of fame.
Katy then decided it was time for another change and grew out her hair, but kept it bleached. The result was a jaw-length hairdo parted to one side and in a solid platinum color. She kept her hair straight, but this time curled the ends for a reverse-flip look.
Kellie Pickler’s Long Bob
Those of us who remember Kellie Pickler from her American Idol days will recall that the country music star maintained a similar hairstyle even as she rose to fame. After years in the limelight, Kellie decided it was time for a change.
The singer chopped off her locks and went with an asymmetrical bob similar to the one we saw on Elisabeth Moss. She also took her blonde hair up a few shades for a more classic look.