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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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.
14. The Fishtail Braid
Ari varied her high ponytail in 2017 with a super cool fishtail braid and some beautiful pearl hair accessories.
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.
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.
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!
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!
19. The Bubble Band
The ever-inventive Ari wowed us with the princess-esque bubble band pony, which became a major mood in 2019!
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
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.”
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!
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