Wild colors and shaved heads, oh my! Many of today’s most famous musicians have quite the penchant for making daringly drastic adjustments to their hairstyles — whether it’s to usher in a new era of music, accompany an avant-garde photo shoot, or just to try something new.
In some ways, musicians are just like many of us: using hair as a means of both self-expression and self-reinvention. Unlike the general public, however, celebrities’ cosmetic changes are put on display for the whole world to see, critique and copy. And sometimes, an artist’s hairstyle is so singular to a specific time that it becomes a part of their iconography.
When Swifties think of 1989, for example, they’re instantly taken back to the sleek, chin-length bob Taylor Swift sported from 2014 to 2016. Fans of The Weeknd can count the moment he parted ways with his iconic dreadlocks as the beginning of his Starboy era, while Billie Eilish admirers will forever equate bleach blonde tresses to her sophomore record Happier Than Ever.
Other times, though, an artist may change up their look for much more personal reasons. Take Demi Lovato, for instance, who cut off her long brown waves because it helped her recover from years of body image issues. And when Halsey got a buzz cut, it was symbolic of their journey toward self-love and accepting their biracial identity.
From Doja Cat’s head shave to Halsey’s ever-changing tresses, keep reading to see which modern pop stars have had some of the biggest hair transformations.