27 of The Most Dramatic Celebrity Hair Transformations of 2020
Celebs, they’re just like us. When they get bored with their hair, they change it up—often opting for chic, short bobs over long locks, cool, unique colors over their natural hues, extensions when they want more length, and bold bangs when they want a new, face-framing look. These celebrities keep us on our toes with their ever-changing styles, so we’re constantly adding their hair transformations to our saved folders on Instagram to use as inspiration for that next trip to the salon.
Ahead, check out some of our favorite celebrity hair transformations from this year, featuring both DIY cuts and colors done during quarantine and on-trend chops from before the coronavirus pandemic. With salons across the country opening up, take note of your favorite colors and styles now so you can copy them later.
Bebe Rexha’s Edgy Money Piece Hairstyle
Bebe Rexha made a bold statement by dying her hair contrasting black and red hues in late November. The "money pieces" refer to the face-framing chunks of dye that highlight the front of her face. It's decidedly '90s-punk-meets-modern, and Rexha pulls it off like a total champ.
Ashley Benson's Ombre Orange
Ashley Benson keeps us on our toes with her versatile hair color choices, and in October 2020, she switched it up once again with vibrant, orange-colored ends. The color, which, may or may not have been inspired by pumpkin spice, keeps her roots natural for a subtle ombré effect.
Camilla Cabello’s Naturally Curly Bob
Camilla Cabello debuted a brand new hairstyle on her Instagram in late October, with her natural curls out and proud. According to the post, the singer lost her "short hair virginity" by making the chop and confirms that she is enjoying the feeling of the breeze on her shoulders. We have to say, we love the new 'do.
Halsey’s Badass Buzz Cut
Madonna’s Hot Pink Hair
Madonna got in on the fun pandemic hair kick by dying her famous blonde locks a perfect shade of pink in October 2020. The pastel hue complements a chic wavy bob and makes Madonna’s bright blue eyes pop.
J-Lo’s On-Trend Curtain Bangs
Our girl Jennifer Lopez is nothing if not a hair chameleon thanks to her longtime stylist Chris Appleton, and her latest look featuring trendy new curtain bangs is no exception. The shaggy, eyelash-grazing style makes for a low-maintenance way to get on the bangs bandwagon—as she can wear them styled to the front or pushed to each side, as the name implies.
Vanessa Hudgens’ Cool-Girl Bob
We’re loving Vanessa Hudgens’ face-framing, low-maintenance bob cut. She made the chop in early November.
Lucy Hale’s Easygoing Reddish Bob
Lucy Hale went twinning with Sarah Hyland when she dyed her dark brown hair a festive shade of red in September 2020. Created by her stylist, Kristen Ess, Hale was able to undergo the transformation in the comfort of her own home (after testing negative for COVID-19, of course) and the dye job was completed at her kitchen sink. #relatable.
Carly Rae Jepson’s Bubble Gum Pink Bob
Troian Bellisario’s Blood Orange Color
Troian Bellisario traded her signature brunette color for a fun fall experiment. According to her Instagram post in September 2020, the blood orange hue may have been a bit of an accident, but the Pretty Little Liars star ended up loving it “way more” than her original rose gold vision. We have to agree that this citrus-inspired color rocks.
Kaia Gerber's Pops of Pink
As one of the many celebrities who's played with her hair color during quarantine, Gerber gave herself this DIY pink 'do in August. Under the virtual supervision of celebrity hairstylist Guido Palau, she created an almost ombré-effect with hot pink tips. The color, along with her blunt bob, lends itself to a decidedly “punk” aesthetic, which she references in her Instagram caption.
Tiffany Haddish's Breezy Shaved Head
Haddish decided to show off her natural beauty by shaving her head for summer in July 2020. “The best part is when water hits my head it feels like kisses from God,” she wrote in her Instagram caption as she revealed the new look.
Chrissy Teigen’s Cute Short Chop
Kim Kardashian’s Cherry Red Color
Kim Kardashian may be one the most prolific hair chameleons, and in June, her stylist Chris Appleton spiced things up with chic cherry red color on her waist-length hair.
Emily Ratajkowski’s Bright Blonde
Ratajkowski stunned us when she strayed from her signature medium-length, layered brunette hair by going full blonde in June 2020. The honey-bleached hue features a shadow root that creates a more natural transition from dark to light.
Sarah Hyland’s Red Tint
The Modern Family star premiered this fiery look in May on Instagram. Hyland captioned the photos, “I did this all by myself! Very proud.” She should be. The vibrant color is a total power move.
Miley Cyrus’s Punk Pixie Mullet
Miley Cyrus’s mom, Tish, gave the pop star what just may be the coolest, edgiest quarantine haircuts we’ve seen to date. With the virtual help of celebrity stylist Sally Hershberger, Tish chopped Miley's mid-length bleached blonde locks into an ultra punk “pixie mullet.” As Hershberger cheekily captioned her Instagram, “I trained Tish well ;).”
Hilary Duff’s Bright Blue Bob
If 2020 is the year for quarantine hair risks, Hilary Duff’s shockingly turquoise bob takes the cake for one of the coolest, most out-of-the-box looks. She’s since transitioned back to her signature blonde, but this is a fun look to keep in mind when you want to shake things up.
Kelly Clarkson’s Chic Blonde Bob
Clarkson cut her hair into a dramatic bob for the start of Season 18 of The Voice, and we love the way it's styled with a simple middle part and sleek straight strands.
Kristen Stewart’s Neon Orange Tips
Kristen Stewart traded her bubblegum pink tips for a vibrant orange hue in March, keeping her roots brown and rocking her signature pixie cut. Her stylist, CJ Romero, dubbed the reddish copper color "Cosmic Rust."
Taylor Swift’s Shaggy Lob
Taylor Swift has given us many hairstyles over the years, but these effortless, eyebrow-skimming bangs and shaggy, textured curls have to be our favorite.
Hayden Panettiere’s Edgy Pixie Cut
Panettiere said goodbye to her mid-length platinum blonde hair with a dramatic cut back in February 2020. Her new cropped pixie features longer strands swooping over to one side, with a shaved undercut.
Selena Gomez’s Cool Curly Bob
Selena Gomez slayed when she debuted this look earlier this year as a sneak peek for her new beauty line, Rare Beauty. The cool, curly bob is completed with textured, piece-y fringe and some sun-kissed highlights.
Ashley Benson’s Sleek Brunette Extensions
Long, straight hair in muted hues like this soft brown is perfect for winter or fall. To get this look, Ashley Benson added length to her short hair with the help of extensions.
Camila Cabello’s Old-Hollywood Bob
While we later learned that this retro chop was actually a wig for Cabello’s Old Hollywood-themed music video for “My Oh My,” we still loved the voluminous throwback look.
Ariel Winter’s Strawberry Blonde
Ariel Winter changed up her classic brunette shade this past February to mark the end of her 11-year run on Modern Family. We're officially using this as our fall hair color inspo.
Selena Gomez’s Trendy Curtain Bangs
Curtain bangs have definitely been making a comeback, and Selena Gomez certainly channeled those retro, 1970s vibes with her hair back in January. Curtain bangs are particularly flattering because they are parted down the middle and frame your face on each side. They're usually long and have wispy ends, giving them a laidback, cool-girl vibe—perfect for Gomez.