Bobs, Braids, & Bangs: A Look Back At Beyoncé's Best Hair Moments

Bobs, Braids, & Bangs: A Look Back At Beyoncé’s Best Hair Moments

Refinery29 | aimee simeon

We’ve lost count of the number of gifts Beyoncé has given us throughout her 20-something-year career. We’ve gotten an epic catalogue of Beyoncé bops for all life situations. There’s Crazy In Love, for when things first start heating up with your boo, and Irreplaceable, which you can play when it’s time for them to hit the road. In addition to a lifetime of love songs, Bey has blessed us with empowering anthems like Diva and Formation when we need to be reminded that we’re that one.

Queen Bey has also blessed us with timeless music videos, movies, world tours, iconic dance moves, House of Derón (#neverforget), and a long career of beauty inspiration. Since she emerged onto the scene as a member of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé hasn’t veered far away from her trademark honey-blonde hair color, but she has experimented with a ton of styles, including braids, bobs, bangs, and ponytails made for whipping. She’s proven that — no matter the hairstyle — she’s the ultimate beauty chameleon.

In honor of her birthday on September 4, we’re taking a look back at some of Bey’s most memorable hair moments.


In the late ’90s to early 2000s, tree braids and Beyoncé were inseparable. Rarely was the singer spotted without her hair braided in microbraids that stopped at about half an inch before cascading into loose waves.
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For the 2002 premiere of Austin Powers in Goldmember, Beyoncé channeled her character Foxxy Cleopatra, who wore a blonde Afro. For the red carpet, Bey sported two-toned caramel ringlets that dangled down to her shoulders.
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Though the singer has remained partial to lengthy waves over the years, she’s always been loyal to microbraids.
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Before lobs were a trendy thing on the ‘gram, Bey had her strands chopped in a bone-straight style that danced right near her collarbone.
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Ah, the early 2000s. The good old years when spray tans and Bumpits were the uniform for almost everyone — including Queen Bey. For the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, where she also performed with Jay-Z for the first time, she wore a mile-high half-up style with teased curls. We’d copy a similar look today, minus the Bumpit.
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For the 2004 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé took home five golden honors, but it was her voluminous updo (a rare look for the star), that caught our attention.
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In 2005, the singer rocked blonde bangs with brunette curls framing the rest of her face. Whether the fringe is faux or for real, we’ll never know.
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Honey-blonde hair has become Beyoncé’s signature color, so when she’s spotted with something different, it’s a big deal. For her B-Day and Dreamgirls era, she traded her trademark look for rich chocolate-brown strands.
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In 2008, we were formally introduced to Bey’s alter ego, Sasha Fierce. At this time, she also debuted jet-black hair for the first time.
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From afar, the singer’s 2010 Grammys hairstyle seemed standard: sleek, long, and blonde. But if you zoom in closer, you’ll notice subtle garland-like strands placed throughout her hair. We vote that tinsel should come back as a quirky hair decal.
Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.


When she released her eponymous album, Beyoncé, it came with a visual album and a brand-new hairstyle for Bey: a blunt, chin-length bob, which we’ve used as a reference for our first lob.
Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.


Soon after her bob phase, Beyoncé wore a cool-blonde, shoulder-grazing style to a boxing match in Las Vegas. If we could pick any look to see her in again, this would be at the top of our list.
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Aside from her epic naked dress, Beyoncé’s ultra-high ponytail at the 2015 Met Gala stole the red carpet.
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Beyoncé’s made it clear that she has a knack for angelic braids at the 2016 MTV VMAs. The singer walked the carpet with her hair in a simple half-up inverted braid that fell down past her waist.
Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.


For the 60th annual Grammy Awards, Beyoncé arrived in straight-back cornrows (with slicked baby hairs, of course) and royal purple lipstick, a far cry from her usual nude-colored lips.
Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images.


The post- Lemonade era was full of larger-than-life waves that Beyoncé whipped back and forth on stage during her iconic Beychella performance.
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Beyoncé gave new meaning to finger waves when she arrived at the premiere of The Lion King with her cornrows styled in S-shaped waves and baby hairs.
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For her most recent red-carpet appearance, Beyoncé walked with her signature golden-hair bone straight, proving that she’s still regal with a simple style.
Photo: Dave Benett/WireImage.

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