20+ Best Ariana Grande Hairstyles Over the Years

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ariana grande hairstyles

You probably know Ariana Grande for her legendary slicked-back ponytail – which as much as we try to copy, always results in an epic fail.

We love Ari for everything that she is. Cute, pretty and talented. If there’s one thing we’re getting bored of though, it’s her hairstyle. Ever since the dainty diva hit the charts with her single, The Way, her signature hairstyle has remained the same. We’ve hardly seen the best of that silky brown barnet because it’s always in a pony.

But, believe it or not, this starlet has had her fair share of different looks in her lifetime. If you’re sick and tired of the singer’s permanent up-do, check out Ariana Grande’s hairstyles from over the years…

1. Red Hot Hair 

This photo of Ariana before becoming a superstar might surprise you. Before her rise to fame as a popstar, Ari ditched her natural roots for something a bit fierier! Here she wears a shorter red do’ as she poses for her role in Sam & Cat.

ariana grande red hair

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2. The Longer Re-Do 

Getting bored of her natural length, Ari found her true love for hair extensions in 2010. Here we see her experimenting with new trends as she wears a variation of down do’s with a bit of hair clipped to the side.

ariana grande dark red hair

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3. The Beginning of an Era 

2013 was the beginning of Ariana’s signature look. Long gone were the foxy locks and in came her first-ever half up half down signature style that she would don for years to come. Although it was curlier than the present day.

ariana grande half up hair

4. All Natural

It’s not often that we get to see the dainty diva’s true locks. In 2015, she sported a completely natural look with her mid-length bouncy curls. Ariana actually let her real curls flow and she looked GORGEOUS!

ariana grande natural hair

arianagrande | Instagram

5. That Thick, Curly Weave

It was even prettier when she had extensions put in for her Let Me Love You music video. Seriously, we’re in LOVE with these curls!

ariana grande curls

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6. Blonde Balayage 

Ari ditched the brown locks for a more natural look by sporting the ever-popular balayage, with a half-up, half-down do. This beautiful honey-blonde color complemented with hair hoops was one of our favorite looks.

ariana grande Balayage 

arianagrande | Instagram

7. Hair Down

If you’ve ever wondered what Ari looks like without a ponytail, this picture reveals it all. Swept off her face and slightly wavy, the pop diva truly looks like a dream.

Ariana Grande hair down

Ariana Grande | Instagram

8. The Straight Pony

With a newfound love for straight hair, Ari nailed the high-ponytail with a darker, sleek look. This hairstyle stuck with Ariana for years later, and possibly even set a trend among young girls.

ariana grande high ponytail

arianagrande | Instagram

9. The Double Bun 

The pocket rocket showed off her fun side with a playful braided bun duo on top of her head, leaving the rest of hair to flow loosely.

ariana grande buns

arianagrande | Instagram

10. The Top Knot 

2015 was the one and only time we’d seen Ari sport a messier up-do. We totally loved the effortless twisted bun and it was about time she let those gorgeous cheekbones shine!

ariana grande rough bun

arianagrande | Instagram

11. Ice Queen Hair

Ari didn’t stay away from her lighter roots for long. After test-driving the dark pony, she gave us major hair envy with a white silver do for her Focus music video.

ariana grande white hair

arianagrande | Instagram

12. The Braided Pony 

Ari gave her signature look a major revamp as she added a few braids into the mix, giving some real edge to her ‘good girl’ style.

ariana grande Braided Pony 

arianagrande | Instagram


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13. Blonde Bangs 

We all know how terribly wrong bangs and crimples can go – but in 2016, Ari nailed both trends by showcasing her 90s inspired pony and thick bangs.

ariana grande bangs

arianagrande | Instagram

14. The Fishtail Braid 

Ari varied her high ponytail in 2017 with a super cool fishtail braid and some beautiful pearl hair accessories.

ariana grande braids

arianagrande | Instagram

15. Platinum Blonde 

In 2018, Ari dropped a completely new hair-do with the release of her record-breaking album, Sweetener. The fierce look took on a new adaptation of Ariana’s signature style as she sported a side-parted low pony.

ariana grande platinum hair

16. Clip and Cool

Only Ariana Grande would be able to wear a 90s clip in her hair without looking ridiculous! Here she was spotted with a high ponytail and her side-fringe clipped back with a 90s hair clip.

ariana grande 90s hair

arianagrande | Instagram

17. Bare and Blonde

Gracing the cover of British Vogue, Ari impressed everyone with her gorgeous look. Warm blonde hair never looked better on anyone. And let’s not even get started on how pretty she is with less makeup!

ariana grande vogue hair

Vogue

18. All Natural, Again!

The Thank U, Next star teased us with a snap of her short brown bob when she posted a picture in between her extension change in 2019, and we absolutely loved it!

ariana grande short hair

arianagrande | Snapchat

19. The Bubble Band 

The ever-inventive Ari wowed us with the princess-esque bubble band pony, which became a major mood in 2019!

ariana grande bubble pony

arianagrande | Instagram

20. Short Fringe

Sticking to the bangs, this time Ari tested the waters with a shorter fringe and much brighter locks to match her playful personality.

ariana grande short fringe

arianagrande | Instagram

21. The 60s Inspired Look 

Ari tested a different style as she stepped into the 60s with a retro backcombed ponytail and bum-reaching locks. That’s a lot of hair, gurl.

ariana grande 60s hair

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22. 90s Girl

Ari channeled her inner Spice Girl with this super adorable 90s hairstyle. It’s safe to say, she would definitely be baby Spice!

ariana grande pigtails

arianagrande | Instagram

23. Straight and Fierce 

In 2019, Ari dropped the waves and hair tie for a more mature look. Wearing her hair down for the first time in years, she was spotted in this Instagram selfie with straight hair that’s as long as Niagara Falls.

ariana grande with her hair down

arianagrande | Instagram

Ariana has a history of experimenting with updos, ponies and color changes, but have you wondered what she looks like without an extravagant hairstyle?

Check out what her natural hair looks like right now! Natural color and curls – what a cutie!

ariana grande real hair

arianagrande | Instagram

Wondering why she never wears her hair natural? Ariana revealed in an interview that she suffered from hair damage –

“I had to bleach my hair and dye it red every other week for the first 4 years of playing Cat…as one would assume, that completely destroyed my hair. My real hair is back to brown and I wear extensions, but I wear it in a ponytail because my actual hair is so broken that it looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down.”

ariana grande no extensions

arianagrande | Snapchat

From long golden locks to burgundy barnets, Ariana has occasionally surprised us with a variation of looks. When you least expect it, she gives us more than just that high ponytail.

Which one of Ariana Grande’s hairstyles did you love the most? And which one will you be copying? Let us know in the comment section below.


Want more from the world of Ari? Check out our mega-list of Ariana Grande’s dating history – you won’t believe who she’s dated in the past!

Article features the image “Ariana Grande as Cat” by kobe.briers is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / modified
Article features the image “Ariana Grande Shankbone 2010 NYC” by David Shankbone is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / modified

Tale Teller

Joanna has a history in the fashion world; having studied lifestyle and fashion journalism at BA and MA level, she then proceeded to work in the hustle and bustle of fashion PR. These days you can find her working in the marketing sphere, content writing and religiously following the ins and outs of the entertainment world. She’s obsessed with celebrity style and the Kardashians – but who isn’t?!

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