The Biggest (and Bravest) Celebrity Hair Transformations of 2020

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What 2020 lacked in red-carpet beauty moments it sure made up for in lockdown transformations. Whilst stuck at home away from their go-to glam squads, we saw supermodels and celebrities dye their own locks and even brave DIY cuts, ensuring this year still delivered when it came to some major #hairspo.

From blonde to brunette and bursts of blue to long, luscious locks and boho bobs aplenty, Savoir Flair rounds up the most drastic celebrity hair transformations of 2020, just in time for the New Year.

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale “did a thing 👩🏻‍🦰” this year – and that thing was transforming her dark brown tresses into a rich red hue courtesy of celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess. The perfect look for Fall? We think so.

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Photo: Courtesy of @lucyhale

Kim Kardashian West

It wouldn’t be a hair transformation round-up without a Kardashian making an appearance and kicking us off is Kim Kardashian West, who also opted for a crimson color this year. Of course, she turned to her go-to hair guru Chris Appleton, who took to Instagram to confirm it was Kim’s actual hair, not a wig. Although she’s now back to her brunette ways, we were seriously into this brighter look while it lasted.

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Photo: Courtesy of @kimkardashian

Kaia Gerber

First, she went platinum blonde, then she went pink. It’s safe to say that Kaia Gerber had a lot of fun with her locks during lockdown. And yes, she did it herself at home, with the help of hairstylist Guido Palau who dialed in remotely to offer his top tips. “Thank you @guidopalau for entertaining my hair adventures in quarantine; I have a new appreciation for your craft,” Gerber wrote. “Sparing you guys the full hour it took to get to this color, but here’s a clip of my attempt!”

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Photo: Courtesy of @kaiagerber

Taylor Hill

Model Taylor Hill revealed she was “feeling a little bit lighter” after debuting her short new ‘do. Name a more perfect way to accentuate those supermodel cheekbones and razor-sharp jaw. Nope? Thought not.

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Photo: Courtesy of @taylor_hill

Emily Ratajkowski

We couldn’t quite believe our eyes when we saw Emily Ratajkowski – who tends to play it pretty safe with her hair – rocking a totally new look. Transforming from brunette to blonde in the blink of an eye, she totally owned her lighter locks, which looked effortlessly beachy teamed with her sun-kissed tan.

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Photo: Courtesy of @emrata


Not only did singer-songwriter Halsey brave a buzz cut this year, but she took things one step further by adorning her freshly shaved head with hot fluro hues. Not many could pull this combination off, but Halsey had us reaching for our razors – even if just for a minute…

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Photo: Courtesy of @iamhalsey


The ultimate cool winter color? An icy blue hue. Which is exactly what Ciara picked to welcome in the colder months. Giving us major ice-queen vibes with her frosty transformation, even her hairstylist César DeLeön Ramîrez declared this the perfect fall/winter color, asking, “Who is down to go blue?”.

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Photo: Courtesy of @ciara

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga clearly was, as she too made blue her hue after switching out her pink locks in favor of a mermaid-esque blue rinse.

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Photo: Courtesy of @ladygaga

Camila Cabello

“LOST MY SHORT HAIR VIRGINITY!!!! I’ve had long hair all my life it’s TIME TO FEEL THE AIR ON THESE SHOULDERS BABY,” Camila Cabello declared on Instagram as she debuted her fresh short style. Whilst we loved her longer, tousled look, we’re all for this cooler cut on Cabello.

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Photo: Courtesy of @camila_cabello

Katherine Langford

Katherine Langford gave us 13 Reasons Why we should all opt for sun-kissed blonde strands in summer, as she ditched her brunette ways in favor of a lighter, brighter look worthy of any beach babe.

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Photo: Courtesy of @katherinelangford

Demi Lovato

“I did a thing…” posted Demi Lovato alongside a pic of her edgy new style. Not only did she chop off her long locks, but she also added blonde highlights, a grungy undercut, and a sweeping side quiff. In the words of the hairstylist behind the look, Amber Maynard Bolt, “There is something about changing your hair so drastically that allows you to own yourself in a way you never thought!”. #word.

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Photo: Courtesy of @ddlovato

January Jones

“🌸 What a difference a day makes,” said January Jones alongside the snaps of her pastel pink hair transformation. Proving that you don’t have to go mega bright or bold to make an impact, her washed-out color looked both effortless and cool – perfect if you want to make a statement without the color commitment.

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Photo: Courtesy of @januaryjones

Dua Lipa

There’s no denying that 90s beauty was back with a vengeance this year, and one star who seriously channeled the trend was Dua Lipa. The pop star started the year with her signature two-tone brassy blonde and jet-black bob before going full-on grunge with her “orangina quarantina🍊” makeover.

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Photo: Courtesy of @dualipa

Jennifer Lopez

Okay, so it was only temporary (she was back boasting long locks again a few days later), but Jennifer Lopez caused a social media meltdown when Appleton posted pics of her stunning shorter style. If you were after inspiration to brave a bouncy new bob, this is it.

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Photo: Courtesy of @chrisappleton1

Bella Hadid

Even celebrities had to resort to chopping their own locks during lockdown, but Bella Hadid went one step further and braved cutting her own bangs. Flaunting a flawless fringe following her DIY chop, she made it look oh so easy, but we’d still recommend leaving it to the professionals…

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Photo: Courtesy of @bellahadid

Kylie Jenner

Although she dabbled with a pop of pink and a flash of blue throughout the year, Kylie Jenner calmed her usual color-chameleon ways and played things pretty safe. In her books, at least… However, she did delight her fans when she showed off her new blonde ‘do, getting everyone guessing what shade she’ll try next.

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Photo: Courtesy of @kyliejenner
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