Last year, we served up makeup inspiration aplenty with some of Ariana Grande's major must-see (and must-copy!) makeup looks. It's only natural, then, that we follow that up by featuring a few of her most showstopping hairstyles. Well, 17 hairstyles, to be exact.
These days, we typically associate Ariana Grande's hair with tons of curl, volume, and, yes, ponytails (of both the traditional and half-up varieties), but as it turns out, she's actually debuted quite the résumé of hairstyles over the years. From spiraled ringlets to pint-size crimps, we think she should get more credit for the variety of styles she's sported in the past. Especially now that she's revealed her newest look, a much shorter, lighter lob. Spoiler alert: It's gorgeous.
Cherry Red Strands
Though she's dabbled in pastel pink before, we almost forgot that circa 2009, the singer was known for cherry-red tresses.
By 2012, Ariana Grande still had her signature red hair but had taken the shade darker with a rich tone of garnet. And though she's also known for her ultra-high ponytails, she demonstrated a lower take on the style then.
The same year, Ariana Grande styled her auburn-colored curls with a sweet side sweep and a slightly off-center part.
Sleek and Straight
It's rare for the singer to step on the red carpet sans a voluminous up or half-up hairstyle, but for the MTV EMAs in 2014, Ariana Grande wore her hair sleek, straight, and parted perfectly down the middle.
With freshly lightened strands, Grande attended the 2014 Teen Choice Awards with what's now become one of her trademark hairstyles: a half-up 'do with loose curl and lots of volume—squared.
Slick High Ponytail
Anchored with memorable length (and complemented with a bold and sultry cat-eye), Ariana Grande wore her strands in a sky-high ponytail for the 57th Grammy Awards back in 2015. For similar polish, wrap a generous helping of strands around the base of your ponytail.
In 2015, Grande showed off her gorgeous ombré hair color with a relaxed, perfectly imperfect topknot.
Before an interview with KIIS FM in London, England, Grande waved to fans while sporting braided space buns. (We love her half-up, half-down take!)
In a noteworthy departure from her iconic ponytails and undulating waves, Ariana Grande sported voluminous spiral curls and pinned back layers during her American Music Awards performance in 2015.
Though her typical hairstyle MO is bold and playful, we can't stop staring at Grande's romantic iteration of a topknot she debuted on the red carpet.
Half-Up with Blonde Ends
For the 2016 Grammy Awards, the singer created a maximum impact with her typical 'do but a not-so-typical color: dark roots prettily counteracted by platinum blonde ends.
Just in time for the cooler months of winter, the singer upgraded the color of her strands with a rich shade of chocolate brown for a 2016 visit to Music Choice in NYC. To keep flyaways at bay, do like Grande did and try two French braids out for size this season.
For a little bit of quirk, Grande offset her half-up style with a braid-wrapped ponytail that was slightly off-center in March of 2016.
Straight Half Updo
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2016, Grande opted for her signature volume, length, half-up style, and super-subtle highlights for a touch of dimension.
Just when you thought crimping had died with our other favorite '90s hairstyles, Grande made our preferred baby-size waves modern with a hefty dose of face-framing fringe, blonde tips, and an ultra-thick ponytail.
Mini Braided Ponytail
For 2016's American Music Awards, Grande took her ponytail to new heights with a handful of mini braids to accent her slicked-back style.
Icy Silver Strands
When Grande's celeb hairstylist Chris Appleton posted this photo to his Instagram account, our jaws collectively dropped. In it, Grande is posing with icy blue-silver hair (if you look close, you can see the hint of a baby blue color at chin length). The fresh look is for Grande's new campaign with Reebok, though we're hoping she keeps this color well past the end of her shoot. After all, Appleton put it best when he captioned the photo "Ice queen." Don't you agree?
There's no denying that Grande has been open about moving onward and upward and focusing on herself recently. Just listen to her recent single "Thank U, Next" for proof. And it's paid off, too. She scored her first Billboard Hot 100 number one single with the song and broke a Spotify record as the fastest song to reach 100 million plays. On top of all of this well-deserved self-fulfillment, Ari is taking another step forward with a brand-new chop: a fresh caramel lob. We'll always be big fans of her famously long ponytail, but this new length is a more grown-up, stylish cut.
This article was published at an earlier date and has since by updated.