These Celeb Hair Transformations Will Inspire Your Next Cut

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Some celebrities — ahem, Kylie, Beyoncé, Katy — change their hair nearly as often as they change their clothes. (And they've got the wig closets to prove it.) But others tend to keep things safe, save a role or two.

But all that changed this year, when it seemed like every celeb on the planet woke up wanting to take a big hair risk. From chops to platinum dye jobs, we couldn't be more here for this beauty awakening. And while we love these celebs' looks both before and after, their gutsy transformations inspire us to step out of our own styling comfort zones.

Ahead, find 24 of the best celeb hair makeovers of 2016 — at least so far. These photos prove that the right cut and color can be truly transformative and, more importantly, a whole lotta fun. Get your stylist on standby, because we're serving up some major hair inspiration RN.
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We can’t talk about hair transformations without mentioning Kylie Jenner. Remember when she wore peach-colored hair to Coachella in April? The color chameleon later debuted bright blonde strands at the launch for the Kendall + Kylie collection at Nordstrom.
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And just months later, the Lip Kit queen unveiled a sleek, black, asymmetric bob (which was a wig) in July. We were, once again, obsessed. Keeping up with Kylie’s Hair could be its own series — and we'd be lying if we said we wouldn't tune in.
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Taylor Swift rocked a tousled, badass bob at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in April. It was a fearless detour from her signature, smoother style...
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But not as fearless as her platinum dye job in May — which took us all aback in the best way. The singer later returned to her sandy-blonde color, but we'll never forget this Debbie Harry moment.
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Selena Gomez has long been known for her sideswept, raven-colored waves.
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But recently, the starlet brightened things up and opted for a middle part at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in April. This is all of our #summerhairgoals in one picture.
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Consider this a hair transformation in reverse. Last April, our favorite model of the moment (Gigi Hadid, like you didn't know) showed up to the MTV Movie Awards sporting temporary blunt, shaggy bangs and straight strands. We dig the look, but...
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We're just as into the classic sideswept waves she showed off a few weeks later. It's part classic California girl, part supermodel — which is sort of perfect for her, isn't it?
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We can all agree that Beyoncé slayed with her brilliant, blonde side ponytail at last year's Met Gala.
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A year later, her hair was stick-straight, a bit deeper, and multi-tonal — but just as badass.
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Cara Delevingne's loose waves typically allow her bold brows to steal the spotlight.
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But her recent chop — a messy, blonde lob — comes dangerously close to upstaging her arches.
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While expecting her first child in April, Chrissy Teigen looked radiant with long, blonde locks. That pregnancy glow is real, y'all.
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Post-baby, Chrissy opted for a low-maintenance, textured, mega-stylish bob. Now, it's confirmed: Luna definitely has the chicest mom on the block.
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Ruby Rose, of Orange is the New Black fame, has shown off variations of short, choppy hair for as long as she's been in the limelight. (But she did rock long hair once.)
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Recently, the actress emerged with a more polished crop in May. The style diverts from her usually edgy appearance, while still making her features shine.
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It's hard not to appreciate Kendall Jenner's long, luscious locks, especially when her mane is masterfully styled in subtle waves and a face-framing high pony.
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The model shocked us all when she announced her new cut on Snapchat in June and the public reveal of her cropped ‘do did not disappoint.
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Last year, Hailey Baldwin appeared on the red carpet with sleek, dark-brown hair styled in a loose pony. Pretty, but not too outside-the-box.
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Bam! Just like that, the model asserted herself as a household name with a beach-blonde, devil-may-care messy topknot at the iHeartRadio MuchMusic Video Awards in April.
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It’s no question that Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell has always evoked serious hair envy with her long, heavenly locks.
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But it was fun to see her change things up in April — even if it these blonde highlights were a wig.
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Zendaya changes up her beauty look on the reg with imaginative styles that never cease to amaze. We loved this sleek, shiny bob from last spring.
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By the time summer rolled around, she opted for long, straight strands. (But don't get used to them for long...)
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Despite being a natural blonde, we've all become accustomed to Emma’s signature auburn locks.
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Which is why it was such a shock to see her roll up to the Met Gala in May as a deep brunette. The new shade makes her green eyes look even brighter.
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Actress Mindy Kaling rocked a pretty bob at a 2015 March of Dimes Celebration in December.
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But later, in June, she popped in some long, highlighted extensions — a Hollywood hair secret she's hilariously debunked.
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Kim Kardashian's long, polished hair has become borderline iconic.
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In May of this year, Kim showcased a shorter, subtly layered style, whilst maintaining her signature glossy texture. Both looks are dynamite, but we are partial the shorter cut for summer, if we do say so ourselves.
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Ariana Grande has always been known for her signature half-ponytail and ribbon curls.
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And sure, the singer is still technically wearing the look at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards in in May. But this time, it's sleeker, higher, and more pulled-back (giving those masterful cat-eyes the moment they deserve).
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We all have a soft spot for the OG J Lawr and her long, blonde mane, especially when it was styled in a ballerina bun.
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Post-Hunger Games stardom in May, the actress chopped and dyed her hair into a shoulder-skimming platinum lob. Talk about stunning.
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We love Rihanna’s long, swept-back hair, which lets her radiant skin and captivating eyes steal all the attention.
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Naturally, RiRi’s chop was the talk of the town at this year's Billboard Music Awards in May. The shaggy bob, complete with piecey bangs, framed her face just as beautifully as her former style.
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Edging away from her naturally dark roots, we’ve adapted to appreciate Khloé Kardashian’s lengthy, luminous, blonde strands.
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But her fresh, shoulder-length bob (which she chopped in January) brings out a chic, sophisticated side of the funny reality star.
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Jessica Alba is known for her California-cool, sun-kissed waves.
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But we have a feeling her tousled, blonde bob (which she debuted in May) will soon be the business mogul's new trademark.
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Lena Dunham was all about the bouffant last year, frequently styling her short crop into an elevated side-sweep.
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This summer, at the CFDA Awards, the actress rocked a pretty, chin-length bob — and we are here for it.
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Katy Perry is one of our favorite hair chameleons, constantly experimenting with wigs and braids, like this one.
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But we have to say: we love her stripped-down, back-to-basics raven lob, which she wore to the Made L.A.: Moschino show in June.
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The Scandal star looked radiant at the White House Correspondents' Dinner with a bold pink lip and braided topknot.
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But she channeled serious beauty badassery with magenta curls at the Met Ball. (Noticing a theme here?)
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For years, we recognized the Twilight actress on the red carpet by her messy, grunge-inspired hair, always with a severe side part.
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And while she kept the sweep (and probably always will), she traded in her color for a new, daring platinum hue in May. We love it paired with her monochromatic makeup and red lip.
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