Need an instant hair makeover without doing anything drastic? Get some celeb-spiration with our round-up of 8 of the most impressive—and temporary—celebrity hair transformations, from Lupita Nyong'o's widow's peak to Liv Tyler's faux side-shave.
Lupita Nyong’o’s Widow’s Peak
One minute this It girl’s forehead was a smooth line, and the next she was rocking a dramatic widow’s peak. Lupita Nyong’o’s hairstylist created a false hairline with a fiber filling agent for the Critics’ Choice Awards. Maybe it’s not a look that everyone can pull off, but it gave this leading lady’s look an instant special something.
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Emma Watson’s Faux Bob
It seems like everyone in Hollywood is lopping off their locks, but for the stars that just aren’t willing to make the commitment, there’s this season’s hottest instant hair transformation—the faux bob. Emma Watson has put in the time to grow out her post-Potter pixie, and she showed off the hard work at Cannes last year with a fishtail braid. Just a few days later at the premiere of This is the End, she gave everyone a start with her rolled-under hair that gave the illusion of a serious chop. Other stars like Taylor Swift, Kerry Washington and Vanessa Hudgens have also jumped on this makeover trend.
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Liv Tyler’s Faux Side-Shave
No, Liv Tyler didn’t get the Skrillex side-shave. But she did anticipate the trend back in 2011 at the GO International Designer Collective launch when she took the safe route in imitation of the no-turning-back look by French braiding one half of her hair and letting the rest tumble over her shoulder. Kristen Stewart, Kendall Jenner and Rihanna are also fans of this pretty-meets-punky style that doesn’t require the full buzz.
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Zooey Deschanel Goes Bang-less
Zooey Deschanel’s bangs have a cult following, but she didn’t let them weigh down her style at last year’s Met Gala. She went temporarily bang-less by swooping them off her forehead and holding them in place withproduct—and the makeover was so effective that she was almost unrecognizable!
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Kylie Jenner’s Clip-On Bangs
While Deschanel wanted to leave her bangs at home for the night, Kylie Jenner went the opposite route and tried on bangs at last year’s American Music Awards. Not ready to go under the scissors, this star dared to wear clip-on bangs (Jessica Simpson and even Jenner’s older sister Kim Kardashian are fellow proponents of the faux fringe). Later that week, her bangs were nowhere in sight.
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Rita Ora’s Va-Va-Voom Extensions
Rita Ora was working her signature choppy do while spotted leaving her agent's office in London, but just 10 days later she was all va-va-voom at the MTV movie awards with side-swept big barrel waves. It wasn’t hair steroids that gave her the sudden length, but well-matched extensions—which she has since left behind for a return to her natural chin-length cut.
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Naomi Campbell’s Instant Fro
Naomi Campbell is known for her sleek, straight locks, but she recently turned it up in a foxy afro wig at the GLAAD Media Awards. The supermodel wore the spunky piece for a few appearances, but has lately returned to the mirror-shiny ‘do we’re used to.
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Jennifer Morrison’s Faux-Hawk
Every star has her rock ’n’ roll moment, and sweetheart Jennifer Morrison’s came in the form of a punky faux-hawk at last year’s Met Gala. She didn’t go for anything permanent, of course, but simply pinned up the sides into an elaborate twist and teased to get the volume of a mohawk on top. A week later at the Star Trek: Into Darkness premiere, she was back to her good-girl blonde ponytail.
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January Jones’ Pink Streaks
No one expected January Jones to get on the Technicolor hair train (conducted by Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj), but she did just that at the 2012 PaleyFest when she shook things up with bold pink highlights. The daring color was created withhair chalk, and the actress soon washed that rebellious streak right out of her hair.
Ellen Freeman has been contributing to the Fashion Spot since 2010. Since graduating with a degree in comparative literature from Haverford College, her celebrity fashion, wellness, arts and travel writing has appeared in publications including the Matador Network and Philadelphia Weekly. Also a certified yoga instructor, Ellen currently lives in the Japanese countryside—but misses thrift store spelunking in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.