The Stories Behind These Iconic Celebrity Hairstyles Will Shock You

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Some haircuts are born from inspiration (a great celebrity reference, a trending style, maybe even a piece of art). Other times, they're an act of desperation (you got drunk and cut your own bangs, fried your hair with bleach, or finally broke up with that person who texts "you up?" at 1 a.m.).
Turns out, some of the most famous cuts in the world were surprisingly a result of the latter camp. Ahead, Kelly Rowland, Gwen Stefani, Ariana Grande, and more reveal the humble beginnings of their now iconic styles.
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After countless questions from her devoted Arianators, Grande set the record straight about her signature high ponytail. "My actual hair is so broken that it looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down," she wrote in a 2014 Facebook post. "I tried wigs, they looked RIDICULOUS. Tried a weave because I am working on a new project and want to try some different looks and literally wanted to rip my scalp off. So as annoying as it is for y'all to have to look at the same hair style all the time, it's all that works for now (AND I'm comfortable for the first time in years)."
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Gwen Stefani — who now colors her hair every Monday — actually went blond after a breakup. "Once [No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal] broke up with me, my style changed loads too," she told Stylecaster. "It was just like, 'I’m going blonde.' Like, I don’t care if I have to scrape all of my money together to get my roots done, I’m doing it. It was that kind of thing [where] it wasn’t until the break-up that it really started."
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Did you know that Bella Hadid is actually a natural blonde? At the beginning of her career, she dyed her hair dark so that the industry wouldn't associate her with Gigi. “I just have a darker personality. And my sister being blonde and me being brunette, it’s a good separation,” she told Allure. “I put a blonde wig on and think it would be fun to go back, but I’m happy with my hair. Blondes are so angelic. My sister can get away with anything.”
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Kelly Rowland cut her hair back in her Destiny's Child days for similar reasons. "Each lady in the group wanted to have their own identity," she explained to ESSENCE. "I didn't want to do it. I was nervous about doing it. Tina Knowles-Lawson, our hairstylist at the time, she said, 'You would look so great with short hair.' She cut my hair, and it was so fly. I was one of a kind. Everybody had their look. Short hair was mine, and I loved it."
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Katy Perry told Ellen DeGeneres that she chopped her hair because of dye damage — but she ended up falling in love with her shorter length. “I did it about a month and change ago," she said in May. "I don’t know if you’ve ever dyed your hair too blonde, but sometimes your hair falls out when you go too blonde so that's the way I handled it. At first this was just to salvage my hair and then I was like, 'I really believe that the universe has a plan for this.'”
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And for Jennifer Lawrence, her famous pixie cut was actually a way to deal with the grow-out phase of her previous bob. "It grew to that awkward gross length and I kept putting it into a bun, so I just cut it off," she revealed to Yahoo Beauty in 2013. "It couldn't have gotten any uglier!"
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Jennifer Aniston is known for "The Rachel" — but we can't forget about the rad angular bob that she rocked in 2013, created by her longtime stylist Chris McMillan. "It wasn't for a role. My hair went through a phase — I did this thing called a Brazilian and my hair did not react really well to it," she told Elle UK.
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