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Nothing quiets the skeptic in us quite like a dramatic hair makeover. In theory, it would be easy to grab a pair of shears or box of dye and swan-dive into the unknown, but reality poses a different scenario. Soon enough, we’re plaguing ourselves (or a stylist) with endless questions, asking friends if we’re really making the right decision and already making contingency plans if it doesn’t come out how we’d hope. In moments like these, we look to celeb hair makeovers to ease our anxiety.
Though we’re sure having a pro-level glam squad on hand is a huge help, there are certain chameleons who constantly inspire us with their unabashed bravery for doing well, anything, to their hair. From big chops to neon dye jobs or combinations of both, rarely is there a shortage of transformations we get to witness and add to our personal Pinterest boards before an anxiety-inducing appointment at the salon. This year, Rowan Blanchard, Iskra Lawrence and Priyanka Chopra are just a few ladies leading the charge. See their stunning before-and-afters ahead.
Before: AnnaSophia Robb
The Little Fires Everywhere actress is known for her shoulder-length blonde hair.
After: AnnaSophia Robb
However, she decided to chop it all off in November 2019. We’re not sure if it’s for a role or just for fun, but it looks gorgeous.
Before: Ashlee Simpson
The singer and actress is known for her dramatic color changes, like that time she jet black for her debut album.
After: Ashlee Simpson
But this fall, celeb hairstylist Riawna Capri gave her strands the “pumpkin pink” treatment and we’re obsessed.
Before Lucy Liu
This year, the actress slowly transitioned her hair to a shorter length.
After: Lucy Liu
But we weren’t prepared for just how beautiful this classic ear-length bob would turn out in October 2019.
Before: Demi Lovato
The singer and actress is one of our favorite raven-haired red carpet stars.
After: Demi Lovato
However, I am just as enamored with the subtle pink tips she debuted in October 2019.
Before: Dove Cameron
Platinum blonde is Dove’s signature shade.
After: Dove Cameron
However, this bubblegum pink moment from September 2019 is truly a showstopper.
Before: Charlize Theron
I thought her award season chocolate brown bob would be her only switch-up for the year.
After: Charlize Theron
That is, until October 2019, when she made the bowl cut trendy again.
The “Praying” singer has always been about that blonde ambition.
But hello, brown shag! Please don’t ever get rid of this.
Before: Hailey Baldwin
Mrs. Bieber rarely deviates from her natural blonde hue.
After: Hailey Baldwin
I have a feeling this is a wig, but I’m still very much here for Hailey as a brunette in Interview‘s September issue.
Before: Dove Cameron
Dove is another high-profile blondie who recently went for a dye job.
After: Dove Cameron
Lavender hair is the best pastel shade, in my (and Dove’s) humble opinion.
Before: Mandy Moore
The singer and actress is the queen of subtle, but stunning hair changes.
After: Mandy Moore
A few weeks ago, her stylist Nikki Lee dubbed “Autumn Glow” the must-have brunette shade for fall.
Before: Lea Michele
I’ve always loved Michele’s chocolate brown strands.
After: Lea Michele
But I am really into these bronze highlights applied by celebrity stylist Nikki Lee.
Before: Blake Lively
Everyone’s favorite blonde always knows how to style her hair in an elegant yet edgy way.
After: Blake Lively
To think she couldn’t get any more fabulous, Lively started adding some spunk to her style with this new ‘do.
Before: Chrissy Teigen
Its been a while since we’ve seen Teigen without the lengthy brunette hairstyle.
After: Chrissy Teigen
We finally see a change of pace with some fun and vibrant highlights.
Before: Gabrielle Union
From super long braids to tight updos–Union has always made a power statement with her different hairstyles.
After: Gabrielle Union
She now gives us the power statement of the century with a baller pixie cut.
Before: Bella Thorne
For a while, Thorne exaggerated her natural hair color with a beautifully vibrant orange.
After: Bella Thorne
She returned to her natural vibe with some super dark roots and lighter ends, creating a stunningly organic ombre.
Before: Katy Perry
For a while it seemed like Katy Perry and her pixie cut were in it for the long run.
After: Katy Perry
She decided to turn in her iconic pixie cut for a more toned-down beachy vibe–making her look chic and classy.
Before: Kim Kardashian
Kim K. has always kept that Pocahontas-flow, allowing her to be super versatile with her looks.
After: Kim Kardashian
We now see a business-forward version of Kim after she chopped her locks for a press conference at the White House in June.
Before: Millie Bobby Brown
The beloved actress is a glowing vision of youth at its finest. She keeps it classic with a light look no matter the occasion.
After: Millie Bobby Brown
She recently dabbled in a game of dress-up wearing a sleek black wig, and this funky-fresh look is the next-generation Millie we need to see more of.
Before: Ashley Graham
The model was born blessed with a beautifully lengthy and thick head of hair.
After: Ashley Graham
She decided to go edgy with a nice clean cut, highlighting all her beautiful God-given features.
Before: Aubrey Plaza
Plaza has never stepped out of character when it comes to hairstyling—she keeps it natural and classic.
After: Aubrey Plaza
While still staying in character, she shows a subtle change by sporting some grown-out locks and getting rid of her highlights. Furthering her àl naturàl vibe.
Before: Bella Hadid
The model somehow finds a way to make a naturally brunette color look beyond fierce by keeping it down or rocking a simple slicked back look.
After: Bella Hadid
Hadid went total class-act at the CFDA Awards with some never-before-seen tight curls–making a theatrical yet elegant statement.
Before: Khloé Kardashian
From Ariana Grande-styled ponytails to thick cornrows, Khloé has always been accomplished in doing the most with her lusciously long mane.
After: Khloé Kardashian
The 2019 version of Khloé K. decides to keep it easy, breezy, beautiful with a fresh chop.
The former Disney star went from looking like one of Charlie’s Angels…
Straight to the Devil’s advocate sitting on your right shoulder.
Before: Barbara Palvin
The model took her look from fun and flirty…
After: Barbara Palvin
To bangin’ hot.
Before: Ariana Grande
Grande’s weird reluctance to EVER let down her ponytail has made her iconic hairdo one of our generation’s greatest mysteries.
After: Ariana Grande
Turns out, she’s just been holding back (or pulling back) this entire time.
Before: Taylor Swift
Taylor’s classic hair look has always matched her reputation of being America’s sweetheart.
After: Taylor Swift
This year finally let the Southern bell out of her cage. The 2019 Taylor Swift is comin’ in hot (pink)!
Before: Jordyn Woods
Jordyn during her Pre-Tristan Thompson phase.
After: Jordyn Woods
We’re happy to see her healthy recovery and inspiring comeback–as shown by her classy new cut.
Ri’s classic hairstyle kept her look business-forward while unveiling her first Fenty fashion designs as Ms. CEO.
The Queen decided to switch it up for her June Pop Up in New York by putting the savage in Fenty with this badass hairstyle. Her versatility is killer.
From sleek ponytails to her iconic look of towering dreadlocks at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards—Ciara has always been talented when it comes to bold, classic, and beautiful.
Who knew she’d go total gladiator princess on us with this bleach blonde pixie cut. Her dramatic hair change is just what her fans needed.
Before: Selma Blair
The actress has always kept a toned-down and natural look to her hair.
After: Selma Blair
She took toned-down and natural to a whole new level after (literally) returning to her roots with a Brad Pitt styled pixie.
Lizzo rarely needs to be dramatic when it comes to personal hairstyling.
She showed the world her dark side with her fiery red pixie cut as she became the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Talk about a statement.
Before: Kaia Gerber
Gerber has always been an icon for exemplifying natural beauty at its finest.
After: Kaia Gerber
The model took her look way back to the Audrey Hepburn era with a theatrical chop.
Before: January Jones
Jones’ natural blonde hair is the heart of her everyday laid-back look.
After: January Jones
The blonde finally switches it up by becoming a member of the celebrity bob club, allowing her sophistication to shine.
Before: Lily James
The English actress is envied for the way her golden locks are able to fall and curl perfectly without any effort.
After: Lily James
James also decided to join the celebrity bob club by ditching her long curls, and I can’t say I’m mad about it.
Before: Gina Rodriguez
Although she makes it look easy, it’s hard to keep an innocent look while having jet black hair.
After: Gina Rodriguez
The actress is definitely in for a fun summer with her freshly bright look.
Before: Ashley Tisdale
The High School musical alum has rarely deviated from her signature blonde hair…
After: Ashley Tisdale
Until she decided to go full-on millennial pink in late 2018 and carry it into the New Year.
Before: Emma Stone
The Oscar winner has long been in the upper echelon of famous redheads…
After: Emma Stone
But in January, she showed up to the Producer’s Guild Award with a darker, brown hue that we’ve never seen on her before.
Before: Hilary Duff
For most of her second pregnancy, the Younger star stuck with her signature dirty blonde hair…
After: Hilary Duff
However, in early 2019, she decided to kick off the New Year in a platinum shade.
Before: Iskra Lawrence
We’ve also loved the model’s blonde highlights….
After: Iskra Lawrence
But we’re even more in love with her gray strands.
Before: Katherine Langford
The Love, Simon star’s long, brown waves have become part of her signature look…
In early 2019, she decided to try something completely new–an unofficial ode to Ariel’s red hair in The Little Mermaid.
After: Katherine Langford
Before: Priyanka Chopra
Before jumping the broom in 2018, the international star sported shoulder-length, brown hair.
After: Priyanka Chopra
And in 2019, Mrs. Jonas decided to experiment with blonde highlights…and as predicted, she looks flawless.
Before: Rowan Blanchard
We didn’t think we could love anything more than this blunt bob on the former Disney Channel star.
After: Rowan Blanchard
That is, until she debuted this pixie, with long ends and plenty of texture.
Before: Ruby Rose
The actress has always worn her hair in a variation of short hairstyles…
After: Ruby Rose
But in 2019, she’s experimenting with bold color and killing it every time.