27 Best Zayn Malik Hairstyles Over the Years

zayn malik hairstyles

From releasing successful solo music to having a baby with model-of-the-moment Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik has come a long way since his days as a young One Direction lad.

One thing that has stayed the same, though, are his admirable hairstyles over the years. 

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From an iconic man-bun to a bleach blonde ‘do, Zayn’s mane has undergone a stylish and fashionable evolution to keep up with the times.

So, whether you’re looking for some inspiration or just want to swoon over his different looks, let us walk you through 27 of the best Zayn Malik hairstyles and haircuts since his rise to fame on The X Factor

1. Blow-Dried to Perfection

During his early days in the band, Zayn used to own this haircut. Blow-dried up to extreme heights, brushed up all over, and slightly trimmed on the sides, we’re sure Directioners were eager to run their fingers through this head of hair!

zayn one direction hair
onedirection | Instagram

2. A Blonde Streak

Testing the waters for his future blonde hair, Zayn decided to add a blonde streak to the front of his quiff back in 2010. It may be giving skunk, but that didn’t stop Zayn from making this rugged look appear cool. 

zayn blonde quiff
onedirection | Instagram

3. The Basic Spikes 

Zayn’s hair is iconic here. Pretty much every boyband member has sported this hairdo at one point or another, but this popular celeb made it look fashionable, no matter the era! Easily achieved for those with short hair using gel to keep things in place.

4. Long Hair Don’t Care

Zayn would have made a great Aladdin – especially during this hair period. Perfectly shiny and luxuriously neat, this bob-cut makes the superstar look incredibly mature. If you’ve also got long locks, side-part it and run some pomade or wax through the strands for that slick look.

zayn night changes hair
zayn | Instagram

5. The Hairband Look

The 90’s hairband was the rage in 2014, and of course, Zayn attempted this style. With a man-ban to add that special touch, we have to say this style never suited anyone better. Get the same hair as Zayn by slicking it back with a headband and a low ponytail.

6. That Cool Quiff

From his blow-dried mane, to that tiny yet prominent hair strand hanging from his hairline, Zayn definitely made a statement during this era – that he was the most stylish One Direction member. Zayn probably used a wax to make those locks look extra shiny.

zayn long hair strand
zayn | Instagram

7. Slicked-Back Bun

There was a time when the man-bun was the in-thing among dudes, and it’s safe to say Zayn rocked it. This slick and whipped back hair ‘do is completed with a tiny bun at the high top and a scruffy beard.

zayn man bun
zayn | Instgram

8. Side-Swept

Zayn decided to flip his hair to the side during his long-haired era. This edgy hairstyle with a neat high fade gives us punk-rock vibes, but it didn’t last long on the star.

one direction funny face
onedirection | Instagram

9. The Short Sides

This has to be one of our all-time favorite Zayn haircuts. He looks super handsome with faded sides and a longer over-comb on the top of his head. Using a sculpting hair gel to keep it intact, this is definitely one of his most mature looks. 

10. Blonde Highlights

They were one of the most fashionable celebrity couples out there. Zayn looked super stylish on this Vogue cover that he shot with his baby mama Gigi Hadid. Here he sports a longer, blow-dried look with yellow-toned highlights running through his locks.

11. The Overgrown Barnet 

Zayn looks baby-faced in this snap from 2018, especially with an overgrown scruffy top and faded sides. Still, it’s one his signature looks we’ve grown to love. 

zayn basic hair
zayn | Instagram

12. Slicked Back Top Knot

Zayn looks like he’s stepped straight out of Grease with his leather jacket and greasy mane. Although we can’t say John Travolta would have pulled off the shaved sides as well as this star. Get the same look by asking your hairdresser to give you a high fade whilst keeping those longer locks up top.

zayn top knot
zayn | Instagram

13. Bold and Blonde

Throwback to the Mind of Mine era! In what is one of the most iconic Zayn Malik hairstyles, the artist looks fierce with this spiky blonde haircut style and an immaculate beard. Definitely one of the best hairstyles on the singer.

zayn mind of mine era
zayn | Instagram

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14. Giving Green a Go

After getting bored of sensible styles and basic looks, the British star tested out a green ‘do to match some of his vibrant tattoos. Totally serving Incredible Hulk vibes, we can’t deny how badass Zayn looks here. Add a superhero outfit, and the singer is good to save the day.

zayn green hair
zayn | Instagram

15. The Purple Look

It seems 2018 was the year of experimentation! We don’t think there’s a color that Zayn can’t pull off. Here he looks fab, even with a purple ‘do. Slightly trimmed on the sides and combed forward on top, this lilac color is daring to say the least!

zayn purple hair
zayn | Instagram

16. Pink and Perfect

Another color of the rainbow! Zayn’s hair truly reflects his mood and this time round, it was all things pink! In this photo, Zayn brought back the artistic hairdo, but this time, with a bleached pink layer on top. We’re totally here for it!

zayn pink hair
zayn | Instagram

17. The Platinum Look

With only Eminem perfecting the bleached look ever before, Zayn has stolen the title in this picture with a chic bleached blonde ‘do which is synonymous with his style. This time round, though, he let his darker roots show beneath the blonde.

zayn blonde black hair
zayn | Instagram

18. The Short Fade 

Keeping it simple for British Vogue, this undercut hairstyle really brought out Zayn’s best features and emphasized his perfect eyebrows. We guess he wasn’t feeling so adventurous during this hair era.

19. The Silver-Fox

Even with outgrown hair and grey bleach, Zayn still looks great with this simple hairstyle that he sported in 2018. Zayn as a silver fox? All the proof we need that he’ll be a handsome grandpa!

zayn silver hair
zayn | Instagram

20. The Scruffy ‘Do

A scruffy hairdo not everyone can pull off – except for Zayn Malik – and with over 4 million likes on this snap, his fans clearly agree! You can style your long hair like Zayn by using a hair dryer to get more volume and by running your fingers through it using some pomade. 

zayn malik scruffy hair
zayn | Instagram

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21. The Shaved Head

If you’ve got hair as thick as Zayn’s, you’ll probably want to shave it, too. It comes as no surprise that he can even pull off the shaved head. While most look like they chose this cut out of laziness, Zayn looks perfect without a single strand of hair on his head.

zayn skin head
zayn | Instagram

22. Blue to Woo

Zayn decided to add some zjoosh to his hairstyle by donning this bleached blue ‘do. Even though it’s daring, it actually looks really good on the British singer. One of his unexpectedly best hairstyles, we must say.  

zayn blue hair
zayn | Instagram

23. Blue and Overgrown

We can’t help but think of a Smurf every time we look at this picture of Zayn. But somehow, the popstar still manages to look good with a blue barnet. He sported this style for the majority of 2021.

24. Overgrown and Bushy

After not posting for a long time, Zayn returned to Instagram debuting this overgrown and bushy look in early 2022. Rocking glasses and a leather jacket, Zayn’s dark mane blends in with his full beard, making him look like an iconic biker dude.

zayn overgrown beard
zayn | Instagram

25. Shaggy Pastel Pink

It’s not the first time we’ve seen Zayn sport a pink hair ‘do, but in 2022, he made a slight change by letting his darker roots strike through. Rosy and shaggy, this is one of the most unique Zayn Malik hairstyles the Nobody is Listening star has worn.

zayn pink hair 2022
zayn | Instagram

26. Cool with Cornrows

Teasing new music in 2023, Zayn shared a photo of himself in a music studio – donning cornrows. Looking like Drake, we can’t say this is one of our favorite Zayn Malik hairstyles. That’s probably why it never lasted…

zayn cornrows
zayn | Instagram

27. Blonde and Basic

Zayn went back to basics in 2024 by sporting his signature black and blonde hair. With shaved sides, a trimmed beard and glistening ear hoops, Zayn sure looks fire here.

zayn 2024 hairstyle
zayn | Instagram

It’s safe to say that Zayn isn’t afraid to test out new hairstyles, cuts and colors, and can pull off even the most daring of looks! 

Which of these best Zayn Malik hairstyles are your favorite? And which one out of all of these haircuts might you be experimenting with? Let us know by leaving a comment in the section below. 

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Joanna Zambas

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?!