It's not often that a whole crop of stars are willing to overhaul their signature look overnight — save for the Kylie Jenners and Rihannas of the world. But we saw Katie Holmes, Cara Delevingne, Selena Gomez, Zoë Kravitz, and more step out with transformations so extreme, we did a double take. And then we dialled our hairstylists.
Ahead, find 11 cut and colour makeovers (plus one impactful trim) from the past year that will break you out of a hair rut.
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Most Likely To Bring Back The ‘90s
debuted a platinum buzzcut early this year
, and then showed us how to grow it out like a pro. When the
star stepped out with her dark roots and frosted tips, we were transported back to the '90s and loving every minute of it.
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Most Likely To Inspire You To Celebrate Your Texture
After we got a tip that Halle Berry would be debuting a new style at the 2017 Academy Awards, we were convinced it would be a variation on her famous pixie. (There are more than a million search results for it on Google.) Instead, Berry stepped out rocking her natural curls in a style that paid tribute to her texture and "embodied her whimsical spirit," her longtime
stylist Castillo told Refinery29.
"She was blown away with the finished look," Castillo said. Same.
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Biggest "NBD" Chop
When a celebrity rocks a signature style, it's rare that you ever see them without it. But by April, Zoë Kravitz shed
her platinum braid
s in one fell swoop. Was the short cut written in the stars before she even saw a pair of clippers? Maybe. But, the change caught her fans off guard — and they spent the rest of the year leaving heart eye emojis in her comments.
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Most Likely To Make You Wonder, Do Blonds Really Have More Fun?
Solange is never afraid of trying new hairstyles on a whim. But when the beauty chameleon and all-around cool girl
debuted a platinum Afro over the summer
, even the longtime brunettes among us were convinced to
hit the bleach bowl.
If Solange is doing it...
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Most Likely To Be The Next Momager
A cut so good, she had to get it twice. Katie Holmes tried her best to hide the short look while passing through the airport, but fans quickly spotted the new 'do and couldn't help but compare her fresh look to
the powerful Kardashian-Jenner matriarch
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Best Proof That A Tiny Change Can Make A Huge Difference
We're not sure who/what is more famous: Kate Middleton or Kate Middleton's hair. Ever since the Duchess of Cambridge
chopped her tousled waves into a layered bob in July,
the internet has yet to settle its excitement. The jury may still be out on whether or not
that pregnancy theory
is true, but we can confirm this simple haircut proves even the most subtle trim can make a huge difference.
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Most Likely To Break Instagram
For as long as we can remember, Selena Gomez maintained her brunette 'do. But last month, the "Wolves" singer managed to pull off the
biggest hair fakeout of the year,
thanks to a jet-black wig before her American Music Awards performance. Safe to say, fans never predicted the 25-year-old would reveal her lightest look yet on the red carpet that night.
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Best Overnight Transformation When Cara Delevingne revealed her dramatic hair transformation in April, we didn't believe it. The fresh buzzcut was the shortest we'd seen all year. Ever since, Delevingne continues to prove the style's infinite versatility.
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Most Likely To Convince You To Get Bangs… Again
Only Chrissy Teigen would ask her Twitter followers if she should get bangs — and despite their negative reaction, do what she wanted anyway. Luckily,
Teigen live streamed the entire haircut experience
and we can attest to the fact that it most certainly was no mistake.
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Best High-Key Secret Keeper
Kim Kardashian West went blonde this year — but for real this time. Initially, fans assumed the platinum look was a wig, but in fact, the commitment was very real. According to the
Keeping Up With the Kardashians
star, she had to
hide the new look from over 100 million followers for an entire week
before the big reveal.
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Most Likely To Sweep The Floor With Her Haters — & Her Hair
Rocking ankle-length extensions is a trend only a few stars can pull off. Naturally, Nicki Minaj led the pack. The sweeping length became a mainstay in Hollywood this year with others quickly hopping on, including Cardi B and