How Justin Bieber's Beauty Look Went From Baby To Total Badass

Justin Bieber has spent the past nine years of his life in the spotlight, starting at age 14. That about covers his formative adolescent years, which is a difficult stage in life for anyone, let alone someone whose every move and young-love fling is being documented by the media.

Bieber, who turns 23 today, hasn’t had it easy, but he has managed to sell an estimated 100 million records over the course of his career so far. That makes him one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time — and that’s a pretty remarkable accomplishment.

But Bieber’s catchy hits aren’t the only thing that's earned him his A-list status. He’s also found himself the object of Beatles-level hysteria, thanks to his adoring fanbase of diehard Beliebers. No matter his hair color — or his occasionally questionable aesthetic choices — his Beliebers are always behind him. And the singer has indeed changed up his look countless times over the years, from the side-swept bangs of his early fame to today’s more grown-up vibe.

Consider this something of a Bieber beauty retrospective — a tribute to his trademark fringe, those platinum days, and everything in-between.

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2009

A starry-eyed Bieber and the side-swept hair that quickly became his signature: This is the face of the 15-year-old YouTube sensation that won the hearts of the under-16 crowd all over the world.
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A few months later, the singer added a statement hair accessory to distract from his grown-out bangs.
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2010

Bieber sported fashion glasses — without any lenses at all! — to add a smart, stylish flair to his look.
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Here, Bieber began the transition from his overgrown bangs to a slightly shorter, more face-framing fringe.
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And he went even shorter, where we could finally see his excellent, full brows.
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2011

At this point, Bieber traded out the boyish bangs for an edgier, spiked look. It’s like he went from a boy to a man in just a few months’ time.
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A deep, slicked-back side-part and well-groomed brows give Bieber an old-movie-star vibe.
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2012

Bieber returned to his bangs yet again, but this time dressed up his look with black, circular earrings.
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Bieber channeled a colorful version of John Travolta when he slicked back his signature long hair, thanks to lots of gel.
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The singer opted for silver earrings this time, and gravitated to the spiked look once again.
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Though we can't be sure he contoured this night, he did show off his chiseled cheekbones with a Zoolander-esque pose.
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If there’s one thing that Bieber has stayed true to over the years, it’s his excellent eyebrows.
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2013

Bieber went all out for this premiere of his movie Believe, letting his mustache stubble and oversized sunglasses steal the show.
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2014

A clean-cut Bieber looked glowing and seriously grown-up with shorter, impeccably styled hair.
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In a bold move for the singer, Bieber switched up his style by dyeing his hair a platinum blond.
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2015

But it didn't last long. A few months later, Bieber was back to his dark-blond roots and messy-on-purpose vibe.
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With his upper-lip stubble still intact, Bieber attended his Comedy Central roast with slicked-back hair and in a navy suit.
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Bieber proved this night that he's still the king of perfectly coiffed hair.
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With his hair tucked away under an oversized black hat, his brows and clear skin immediately take center stage.
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Perhaps the edgiest 'do in his repertoire yet, this piece-y, highlighted style would inspire internet memes for months to come.
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Here, Bieber returned to his trademark slicked-back look, and his skin had a healthy glow.
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His hair's perfect beige-blond tone made Biebs look downright angelic.
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The singer paired his longer, side-swept locks with an expression of general concern.
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2016

This time, Bieber grew out his chin hair to match his mustache — and instantly, he looked more mature.
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Bieber went for the bleached effect, which made his darker brows the contrasting focal point.
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In a controversial move that upset many, Bieber stepped out wearing dreadlocks. His hairstylist Florido said: "We still have the dreads, though now we might try to slang them for a charity."
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During his Purpose tour, a post-dreadlocks Bieber wore his shortest hair look yet.
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Bieber made a brief return to his OG hairstyle: darker blond, with bangs to boot. It’s like 2010 all over again.
2017

Bieber, fully embracing his bad-boy status, has recently opted for a distinctly ‘90s look, complete with neck tattoo. The bleached buzz cut is très Eminem.
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