The Best Celebrity Hair Transformations of 2016

by Byrdie

A wise woman once said that makeovers provide "a sense of control in a world full of chaos." (Hello, Clueless die-hards.) I have to agree. Because even when I'm not the one in charge of someone's makeover, simply beholding the transformation re-instills my faith that free will does exist. Yes, this sounds dramatic, but how else can humankind's obsession with celebrity beauty transformations be explained?

On second thought, let's not dwell on it. Instead, simply scroll below to behold our favorite Hollywood hair makeovers of the year. From Kristen Stewart's mind-blowing color change to Ariana Grande's new bangs, this has been a glorious year for celeb hair.

Swipe the arrows below to see the transformations!

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Lea Michele is giving us major déjà vu by going back to her signature thick bangs. 

Photos: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images; Instagram/@LeaMichele

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Transitioning from caramel to espresso might seem like a relatively subtle change, but Emma Watson proves that trying on different shades of brunette can still make for a huge impact.

Photos: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images; Gonzalo Marroquin/Getty Images

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Gigi Hadid has been heading toward the dark side for a while now—the dark side of hair color, that is. While she's maintained a gorgeous shade of brond for a few months, it seems now the model has officially gone brunette. 

Photos: Getty Images; Splash News

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Given her reputation as a hair color chameleon, we were actually pretty surprised to see Kylie Jenner stick with her blond locks over the course of a few months. 

Photos: James Devaney/Getty Images; Instagram/@kyliejenner

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Olivia Munn recently halved her long, dark mane—and we're seriously feeling the wavy bob that took its place.

Photos: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images; Steve Granitz/Getty Images

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Zoë Kravitz, aka the human yardstick of the world's cool quotient, took to Instagram this week to show off newly iced locks. 

Photos: Presley Ann/Getty Images; Instagram/@zoeisabellakravitz

At the tail end of Paris Fashion Week, Karlie Kloss stepped out with a major fall hair refresh: a set of perfectly lived-in eyebrow-grazing bangs.

Photos: Christian Vierig/Getty Images; Marc Piasecki/Getty Images

Kristen Stewart has stepped up her beauty game immensely as of late—showing off messy, platinum locks and grungy roots on red carpets around the world. We thought we couldn't love her look any more, that is until she hit up the New York Film Festival with a sleeker, more polished 'do and refreshed, white-blond roots. 

Photos: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Rihanna, like the true hair chameleon and absolute goddess that she is, swapped out her straight style in favor of super-long dreadlocks in New York City. 

Photos: Stephane Cardinale/Getty Images; Robert Kamau/Getty Images

After spending the summer rocking a bold shade of scarlet, Lily Collins went back to her brunette roots last month—before completing the transformation with a brand-new fringe at Paris Fashion Week.

Photos: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

If you ever doubted the longevity of the blond lob, here's proof that the look is here to stay through fall. Emily Blunt took a front-row seat at the Michael Kors S/S 17 runway show sporting a brand-new sunny blond color with grown-in roots. Paired with a shoulder-grazing cut, the look is a bit more youthful and relaxed than the longer auburn styles we've been seeing from her over the past year. Looks like she's going to have to stock her fall haircare arsenal with purple shampoo!

Photos: Michael Stewart; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Ashley Olsen took her dirty-blond locks to a bright shade of platinum, debuting the new look at the opening of Elizabeth and James's flagship boutique at The Grove in Los Angeles.

Photos: Clint Spaulding/Getty Images; Donato Sardello/Getty Images

Selena Gomez stepped out while on tour with her natural texture on display, and we're calling it: This curly style (complete with textured fringe) is bound to be the It cut of the year. (It's so good, no?)

Photos: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images; Instagram/@selenagomez

Leave it to Ariana Grande to commit to a major hair change—while still keeping her signature ponytail intact. The singer just debuted a blunt fringe on her Instagram. 

Photos: Getty Images/Axelle/Bauer-Griffin; @arianagrande

The model turned actress just stepped out at Comic-Con 2016 sporting a blunt lob—a certain departure from the long wavy mane we're used to. (We're into it.)

Photos: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images; John Sciulli/Getty Images

Bella Hadid nearly had us fooled when she rocked a set of temporary side bangs on the Cannes red carpet in May. We’re convinced she should make the face-flattering fringe permanent. Check out more of our favorite haircuts with bangs.

Photos: Dominique Charriau; Venturelli/Getty Images

Speaking of platinum makeovers, we literally started reevaluating our lives when Taylor Swift premiered this icy hue on the May 2016 cover of Vogue. Swift kept her natural toffee blond for so many years that we never imagined it any other way. The drastic new hue brings her a futuristic edge.

Photos: Steve Granitz; Mark Davis/Getty Images

You don't have to go platinum to edge up your look. Hyland went the opposite route by coloring her hair jet-black, and we are obsessed. DIY her look with Garnier's Olia Permanent Hair Color in Soft Black ($10).

Photos: Gregg DeGuire; Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Another of the summer's best blond transformations, J.Law's new white-blond locks are the subject of extreme hair envy. The secret to keeping your blond this bright? I recommend a weekly dose of Drybar's Blonde Ale purple shampoo ($27).

Photos: Steve Granitz; David M. Benett/Getty Images

Only Zendaya could make a bowl cut look this effortlessly chic. This style, which she brought to this year's Met Gala, is one of the most couture-like looks we've seen from her.

Photos: Jason LaVeris; Larry Busacca/Getty Images

The beauty world freaked when Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner swapped hair colors at Paris Fashion Week in March. We dig Hadid as a chocolate brunette. The hue brings her from California Instagram star to sultry high-fashion model.

Photos: Stefanie Keenan; Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/Getty Images

Ciara's in the midst of a comeback year, and she's brought the hair transformations along with her. The soft honey-colored highlights she rocked this February were the perfect hue for her complexion.

Photos: Venturelli; John Parra/Getty Images

Khloé Kardashian's asymmetrical midi cut from March set a major summer hair trend into motion. Check out more haircut inspo here.

Photos: Kevin Mazur & Cindy Ord/Getty Images

There something addictive about celebrity makeovers, no? Next up: our all-time-favorite Hollywood brow transformations.

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