There are few things we love at Byrdie HQ more than a celebrity hair transformation. Chances are that if a celebrity has cut their hair or coloured, we've saved the Instagram, sent a WhatsApp to all our friends and booked an appointment with our hairdresser faster than you can say "new hairstyle." So naturally, we had to document every single notable celebrity hair transformation in one place—and right now we're living for summer hair updates. Keep scrolling for our favourites of 2018 so far.
Okay, so we'll admit it: We have a huge girl crush on Alexa Chung, so in our eyes, she can do no wrong. That being said, this darker brown tone suits her so much—just look at how much it makes her blue eyes pop. And the colour is not the only transformation, Chung's gone even shorter with her lob and it looks oh-so-fresh and thick. We're obsessed.
Fringes are one of those things that you crave for months on end and then as soon as you get one you lust for length—but not with the type of fringe presenter Laura Jackson just revealed on her Instagram. This grown-out middle sweep fringe is the type of style you can still tactfully tuck behind your ears if it's getting on your nerves, or you can leave it be in all its sweeping glory. We approve and are currently en route to the hairdressers to get our own cut in.
Hot on the heels of her sister Khloé's new look, Kim Kardashian West also opted to chop her long locks off. We're obsessed.
Khloé Kardashian is no stranger to bobs, and it looks like she's gone back to the blunt side and chopped off her long blonde hair into a sharp, shoulder-skimming cut. (We may have just called our hairdresser and asked for the same thing.)
It goes without saying that Alicia Keys looks incredible whatever her haircut, but her new jaw-skimming bob solidifies this theory even more. I mean, just look at her. The way it's cut close to the back of her neck and swoops down toward her face makes me want to run to the hairdressers and get a haircut immediately. So if you see us with a bob in the near future, it was inspired by Alicia.
Megan Markle's BFF and stylist is known for her long flowing brown hair, but in a recent Instagram post, she showed off a shorter, layered bob with the caption "Le change is le good." We couldn't agree more.
For years, Jessica Chastain has channelled old-school Hollywood vibes with her long, glossy red hair. However, the actress recently overhauled her hair with a big chop—and we're here for it. Celebrity hairstylist Renato Campora debuted her new layered, chin-length bob on Instagram, and we don't think we've ever seen the actress's hair so short before. This is what you call a no-fuss, summer style done right. It's giving beachy, summery vibes, so this major hair switch-up is good in our book.
Kim Kardashian West is no stranger to a hair change, and this week she's stepped out with blue-black hair created by hair superstar and Color Wow Ambassador Chris Appleton. We're obsessed.
We're noticing a trend here, strawberry blonde and red are becoming the colours of the summer. Opt for a subtle, toned down red like Elizabeth Moss if you want a fresh update on blonde.
Rita Ora is has never been one to shy away from a daring hair change. She recently revealed a new fiery red look on her Instagram, which the team at Bleach London were behind. But if you fancy switching things up at home, you can try out Bleach London Super Cool Colour Cream Masks (£6), which come in a variety of colours. They wash out within two to 10 washes, so it's all the fun sans the commitment.
Emma Roberts is no stranger to shorter hair. We've seen her experiment with length time and time again, but this cut is the shortest she's ever gone, and it looks like it was made for her. Her hairstylist, Chris McMillan, posted a few images of the actress to his Instagram to reveal her new crop—coining it the "hairline bob." We've got our bets on it being the haircut of the summer. If you want to style your shorter hair, McMillian recommends using a product like Sachajuan Hair Mousse (£20) when wet, and then blasting it under a hairdryer for 10 to 15 minutes until you're happy with the texture.
Okay, so granted this may not be a real fringe, but either way we love Gigi Hadid with this softer, wavy look. Is there any hairstyle she can't pull of? We'll be keeping a look out for the offical fringe reveal if it is real, so stay tuned.
Never did we ever think we'd see the day that the oh-so-blonde Iskra Lawrence would go rose gold, and we love it. She documented how she got the look on her Instagram Stories and all it took was the L'Oréal Preference 8.23 in Rose Gold (£8). This semi-permanent dye gives you eight weeks of fade-proof colour, so it's perfect for those too nervous to go rose gold for good.
We never thought we'd say the words "Selena Gomez got an undercut" in 2018, but she did, and we're so into it. It's the perfect cut for anyone who wants to do something daring but is too nervous to go drastically short all over. It's seriously versatile since you still have long hair to play with. Tie it up in a braid like Selena when you're feeling it, or wear your hair down when you're not. Win-win.
Given that most of us remember Leighton Meester with flowing brown hair from her Gossip Girl days (XOXO, you know you love me), this hair change is big—and we have the exclusive. The actress posted a picture on Instagram thanking both her colourist and a Keraphix protein treatment for taking her blonde. Is anyone else tempted to call up their salon right now too?
See? Celebs also love trips to the hairdressers.
Opening Image: Getty/Bertrand Rindoff