Kim Kardashian West was a style icon long before she founded her buzzy beauty brand, gained 112 million followers on Instagram, accepted influencer awards, and had her own namesake game on the app store. In fact, we can trace it all back to a decade ago, in 2008, which is when Keeping up With The Kardashians first premiered. Ever since then she (along with her famous sisters) has been inspiring new trends—whether that's taking semi-naked Instagram selfies, applying contour, undergoing a so-called "vampire facial," or donning the wet-look hairstyle. Whether or not any of those trends are dying out in popularity is irrelevant, because the woman behind them certainly isn't. That's why, by now, it seems like we should edit the old adage to "trends come and go, but the Kardashians are forever."
While most people focus on her neutral yet daring fashion statements or perfect makeup, we've always had a special appreciation for her hair. Whether it's raven black, platinum blonde, or bubblegum pink, Kim K and her hairstylists know what they're doing. Every time she steps out, we have yet another new 'do to look to for inspiration. Keep scrolling to see our 15 favorite hairstyles Kim Kardashian West has worn yet.
In 2015, Kardashian West attended a red carpet event with slicked-back strands and a side part. This was near the beginning of her long-running love affair with the wet look. Since then, she's worn it many more times (some of which are coming up on this very list). We think the deep side part and ultra-shiny strands complement her clean, minimalist outfit.
Kardashian West posted this photo on her Instagram account. In it, we can see mile-long hair extensions that go all the way past her hips. Super-long extensions are fun, but what we like most about this look is the perfect beachy waves that they've been styled in. We'll replicate that texture by using the Beachwaver Pro ($199).
Kardashian West is no stranger to taking her hair from super long to short (and back again). We're partial to her super-sleek razor-cut lob, which is slightly shorter in the back than it is in the front. We'll never know how her hairstylist was able to get her hair to lay that flat. We do know how to replicate that intense shine though. Run a dime-size amount of Sachajuan's Shine Serum ($33) through your ends.
Just like she's no stranger to switching up length, she's no stranger to switching up color (and platinum silver hair suits her well, at least in our humble opinion). This razor-sharp lob is a little different than the last, though, since it's not asymmetric. It stays roughly the same length all the way around her head.
Here Kardashian West's hip-length sleek hair came complete with two gold barrettes, a bright yellow Versace dress, and colored contacts (the latter of which makes her eyes look red-brown). Does anyone else get a '90s supermodel vibe from this? We do.
Kardashian West appeared on the red carpet at the Vogue 100 Gala in 2016 wearing her hair combed back in plush and voluminous waves. While we love her super-sleek straight hair moments, we think she should bring this look back soon. It's equal parts edgy and glamorous, which is why we're glad we have Briogeo's Blossom & Bloom Volumizing Spray ($20) on hand.
In 2015, Kardashian West appeared at a museum gala in Los Angeles wearing a wine-red lip and a long fishtail braid. Situating the braid at the nape of her neck was the trick to keeping the look elegant and glamorous. (If you have yet to master the art of fishtail braiding, check out our easy-to-follow tutorial.)
No one does wavy hair quite like Kim Kardashian West. That's proved by this look, which was created by Kardashian West's go-to celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton. Be sure to check out his Instagram for the ultimate hair inspiration. He also works with people like Ariana Grande and J.Lo. (He even posted a short tutorial showing us how he creates easy waves with a flat iron.)
Whether platinum or raven-haired, Kardashian West proves she's committed to the wet look. When she first started wearing this hairstyle, she kept it slicked-back and sleek. Now though, she's more apt to wearing it with a slightly messy and lived-in texture. It looks like she just came from the beach with partially dry hair, and we love it.
This might be our favorite wet-look hairstyle Kardashian West has ever worn. It's long, wavy, shiny—basically, mermaid hair at its finest. If you want to try this look but have no idea where to start, check out another tutorial by Chris Appleton. This time it's a Byrdie tutorial he filmed on how to best achieve the wearable wet look.
Aside from the aforementioned wet look, this is what we consider to be Kardashian West's signature hairstyle. Long hair worn down in slight and relaxed waves. It's inspiration for the day-to-day, whether we're styling our hair for a workday or weekend brunch date.
Kardashian West appeared at this year's Met Gala, which took place just last month in New York, wearing her hair in a very Ariana Grande–esque manner, which a high half-up, half-down ponytail. This was another look created by Chris Appleton, who, as we mentioned before, also works with the pop star, so maybe it was inspired by her after all.
Even if she's off the red carpet and going for a casual look, Kardashian West's hair is never not perfect. This wrapped topknot is more on-point than the messy bun we're apt to wear while running errands.
We don't see Kardashian West wear her hair in a ponytail often, so we take notice when she does. This high and sleek version was worn to an event celebrating her KKW x MARIO 10 Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($45), which she created in part with her go-to makeup artist and friend Mario Dedivanovic.
The most recent event Kardashian West attended was the CFDA Fashion Awards, where she was given the first Influencer Award. She looked like a Greek goddess, wearing a flowing white dress, gold arm cuffs, bronze makeup, and a high wavy ponytail that we immediately fell in love with. We think she should wear this style much more often.
Now that you've seen Kim K's best hairstyles (at least in our humble opinion), check out the details of her skincare routine. Hint: One of the products is a $630 serum.