7 Celebrity Hair Transformations That Surprised Us This Year

Raise your hand if you love it when a celebrity undergoes a major makeover. Us too. Which is why we took a moment to reflect on the seven biggest hair transformations that took place this year. From cut to color, here are the looks we loved the most (and will likely copy soon).

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Emilia Clarke: Before

She surprised us the first time when she dyed her brown hair platinum blonde (similar to Daenerys). 

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Emilia Clarke: After

And she surprised us again with this recent chop (that was inspired by Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow’s matching cuts in the ‘90s.) Tip: Ask your stylist to keep some length in the front so you have more options (i.e., swept over or tucked behind an ear) as it grows out.

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Julianne Hough: Before

Fact: When you think of Julianne Hough, you immediately picture her bright blonde hair and crystal blue eyes.

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Julianne Hough: After

But when she traded in her signature blonde to become a redhead this past Valentines Day, we immediately fell in love. Apparently we weren’t the only ones seeing as how flannel hair is one of the biggest trends right now.

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Kerry Washington: Before

Here is classic Olivia Pope (sorry, we mean Kerry Washington) with her perfectly coiffed hair.

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Kerry Washington: After

And here she is rocking curls. Her advice for fellow ladies with coils? Use a gentle clarifying shampoo once a month to clear your hair of any product buildup (especially since curly hair typically requires more moisture i.e. masks, creams, oils).

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Emma Watson: Before

Red lips, groomed brows and swept back hair: Everything about Emma's look is classic.

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Emma Watson: After

But leave it her to somehow make baby bangs look elegant and edgy at the same time. Tip: Ask your stylist to tailor the length of the fringe to your face (i.e., slightly longer to balance roundness and vice-versa).

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Kate Hudson: Before

Remember this Kate Hudson (aka Andie Andersen)?

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Kate Hudson: After

Since completely buzzing her long wavy locks off for a role, it’s been fun watching Kate continually switch things up as it grows. We especially liked her coiffed pixie at the Golden Globes this year (which is extra flattering thanks to the contrasting roots and deeper tones around her hairline).

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Leighton Meester: Before

As Blair Waldorf, Leighton was quite possibly one of the most memorable brunettes of the past decade.

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Leighton Meester: After

Which is why it was especially shocking when she went completely platinum. According to Aura Friedman, the stylist behind this major transformation, she chose a softer blonde (read: not as cool-toned) so it wouldn’t overpower Leighton’s features and left some shadow at the roots so it wouldn’t look too stark against her brown eyes.

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Jenna Dewan: Before

Over the years we've seen Jenna Dewan gradually cut her hair shorter and shorter.

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Jenna Dewan: After

But our favorite look to date is her blunt bob (aka this summer's hottest cut). Tip: Weaving in a few subtly lighter strands will soften the overall appearance of this very structured style.

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