Everyone knows that sometimes you just need a major beauty change and if you ask us there’s no better way than by switching up your hairstyle. Whether it’s a color change, the pixie cut you thought you’d never try, or just a quick trim, hair transformations always have a way of feeling like a total makeover. For proof, look no further than some of your favorite stars, including Lady Gaga, Charlize Theron, and Tiffany Haddish (to name just a few) who’ve hit up the salon chair. We predict that 2019 will continue to bring its fair share of high-voltage color changes, new blunt bobs, and even Rapunzel-like lengths from celebs. Ahead, check out some of the greatest celeb hair transformations so far this year and prepare to be inspired to make your next big appointment.
Natalie Portman just stepped out at Christian Dior’s Love N’ Roses fragrance exhibition launch in Shanghai, China, sporting new, lighter strands for summer. While the difference is subtle, you can tell that the soft blonde highlights have a noticeable face-brightening effect that’s especially pretty for this season. As for the colorist behind her new look, that would be none other than Redken brand ambassador, Cassondra Kaeding.
One of the best things about Chrissy Teigen’s penchant for social media is how quick she is to let followers know when she’s switched up her look. On July 17, the star of Bring the Funny took to her Instagram stories to share that she “went a little blonder for the remainder of summer” — but it’s arguably a lot blonder than the highlighted light brown she’s been wearing lately. She thanked her go-to colorist Tracey Cunningham and hair-extension extraordinaire Priscilla Valles for the update, calling them “my hair gods.”
Just a day after showing up to the EPSYs with a pixie cut, Gabrielle Union debuted waist-length braids at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards on July 11. Since then, the L.A.’s Finestactress has been sporting her new style on Instagram in the form of swoon-worthy shots from her family vacation in Italy. Needless to say, no matter what hair look Union wears — whether it be super-short or mega-long — she nails it
Leave it to none other than Nicki Minaj to unveil such an epic hair makeover on a Monday. The “Megatron” rapper took to Instagram to show off her new platinum-blonde bob, which is stamped with the Fendi logo and features blunt bangs too. “All I’ll say is dreams really do come true 🙏🏾😢🤫,” reads the mysterious caption. How long this outlandish look will last we can’t say, but something tells us it won’t be for long. The hair look also reminded a few fans of Lil’ Kim’s iconic Chanel bangs from back in the day, a testament to hip-hop’s sustained love of high fashion labels.
Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian West just debuted decidedly lighter strands for summer with the help of her go-to hairstylist, Chris Appleton. Appleton took to Instagram this week to show off the reality star’s fresh new look, captioning the post, “Who’s into this Light frosted brown for summer?” Kim K. now has a chocolate-y brown hue with a subtle sheen to it. In fact, it almost looks bronze at certain angles, and yes, raises hands we’re very much into it.
Millie Bobby Brown
To celebrate the season three premiere of Stranger Things, Millie Bobby Brown walked the red carpet in a pouf of a pink gown tempered by an elegant low ponytail. But as hairstylist Bridget Brager shared on Instagram, the look is business in the front, party in the back. Hidden behind that simple slick is a waistlength ponytail fit for Rapunzel. It’s all in the (glamorous) detail
Dua Lipa tucked her punky dark bob underneath a dark green wig. We don’t know exactly why, but we’re here for it. The singer shared an Instagram post in which she poses (in a towel, no less) while a stylist looks to be pinning down the wig. It’s got straight-across bangs and a length slightly longer than her regular choppy, above-the-shoulder cut. Whatever the reason for the change-up, we have a feeling Dua’s about to make herself one damn good summer memory.
Lea Michele’s officially switched it up — just in time for summer. The actress traded in her chest-length strands for something a touch shorter — hair that falls just below her armpits. Hairstylist Laura Polko gave Michele that gorgeous, lived-in texture with the help of Sexy Hair’s latest texture collection.
Gabrielle Union has spent the last few months wearing some of the most gorgeous, creative, long ponytails we’ve ever seen, but with summer starting, she was inspired to switch up her natural style. “New cut, who dis?” she wrote on Instagram alongside several slides showing her choppy new shag created by Larry Sims. It reaches to the jawline with shorter, side-swept, voluminous bangs — but that doesn’t mean Union is done with long looks. She’s already been seen with an extension-composed updo, proving short hair can have a huge range when you have access to incredible stylists.
Zendaya celebrated the premiere of her new HBO show “Euphorics” with a fresh new hairstyle — a brand-new set of bangs, cut in a shaggy, heart-shaped style. With the rest of her hair pulled up into a high ponytail, the cute fringe was free to be the star of the show. Unfortunately, their appearance was one-night-only. Zendaya was back to her bang-free self a few days later, but we’ll always have the inspiration photos to remember them by.
Kaia Gerber just unveiled a sleek new short haircut for summer 2019, and we couldn’t be more obsessed. The 17-year-old supermodel took to Instagram for her big reveal, captioning the post, “the drama cut by @guidopalau @sandyhullett.” Previously, her dark strands had been down to her shoulders in a no-frills style, but now she’s sporting a full-blown bob and it’s a refreshing departure from her signature look. Will Gerber keep her short hair around for the whole summer? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Until recently, model Barbara Palvin had been sporting a sleek, long bob and no bangs. But for this year’s CDFA Awards, she stepped out with a new wow-worthy, ’70s-esque style that included eyebrow-grazing fringe and extensions. Turns out hairstylist Owen Gould is the genius behind the star’s newfound look, as he posted a shot of Palvin after the event with the caption, “✨ Babs ✨ for last nights #CDFA Awards.” While our estimated guess would be that the fringe is faux, we’ll just have to wait and see to be sure.
While a number of celebrities are kicking off summer with a chin-length bob, Reese Witherspoon went for a slightly less dramatic — but still significant— change. Stylist Lona Vigi transformed Witherspoon’s long waves into a straighter, layered lob, and from the looks of the Boomerang she posted on Instagram, it’s got lots of movement. It’s a perfect length for summer, lifting weight off her shoulders (literally) while still being long enough to pull back into a ponytail.
Newly dirty blonde Bella Hadid stepped out for the CFDA gala wearing a fierce, slicked-back, super curly ponytail. While we’d bet that Hadid’s look was achieved with the help of extensions, this five-star style is a reminder to test out different hair textures. Hadid took a risk with curls and it seriously paid off.
Hilary Duff is a master of making subtle hair changes that create a major impact. This time around, she decided to get bangs for summer — not always considered the wisest idea during the sweatiest time of year, but with the help of Nine Zero One salon’s Nikki Lee, Duff proved it can totally work. “Hilary’s been toying around with the idea of bangs for a few weeks. I just ignored her hoping she would forget about them,” the stylist joked. “But today we just went for it, and we’re so glad we did! Instead of doing a full-on bang we opted for more of a curtain bang that sweeps to both sides. The vibe is very ’70s and a perfect way to switch up her look.”
The actress’s collarbone-length wavy hair got an update and we’ve gotta admit — we love it. James took to Instagram to show off her new hair, a cut and color by John MacPherson, which has her rocking a chin-length bob. It was styled straight and pushed behind her ears with the help of Ben Skervin.
Although several guests at the Kylie Skin launch party — like Khloé Kardashian and Nikita Dragun — wore pink hair for the event, Kylie Jenner herself decided to wait to match her hair to her new products for a much more special occasion: picking up some Doritos and cold meds at the gas station. The pastel look is a departure from the nearly jet-black color she’s been seen in recently, though not a surprise since she loves trying colorful looks like the purple wig she wore to the Met Gala. And it appears that this, too, is a wig and not a dye job — just hours after Jenner posted the pink pic on Instagram, she posted another photo in which she was playing in a pool with daughter Stormi with her dark hair again, this time in what looks like a lob-length ponytail.