The best kind of transformations are the ones that make you say, “is that you?!” And when it comes to hair color, we’re looking for that same reaction, plus an audible gasp and “yas!” to confirm that the new look is indeed, a double-take worthy makeover. I’ve had my fair share of dye jobs, including platinum blonde and my personal favorite lavender. And though I’ve traded in my love for neon colors for the health of my naturally brown strands, there are a slew of celebrity hair color changes that still make me want to take the plunge.
In the aftermath of another award season, there’s plenty of inspiration. I’m still thinking about the powder blue top knot Lady Gaga wore to match her sweeping Golden Globes gown. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the effortless beauty that is Charlize Theron with a chocolate brown bob or Ashley Tisdale with millennial pink beach waves. The best part of these A-list makeovers is that we’ve only just begun. I’m 100 percent positive this year will deliver the type of before-and-afters that’ll send me completely over the edge and into the arms of a colorist. But for now, these are the celebrity hair color transformations I think you’ll love too.
Before: Emma Stone
We’re more than familiar with the Oscar winner’s signature red hair.
After: Emma Stone
But for the 2019 Producer’s Guild Awards, she caught us completely off guard with these chocolate brown strands.
Before: Ashley Tisdale
In late 2018, the singer and actress sported her usual blonde hair.
After: Ashley Tisdale
But by early 2019, she had debuted a millennial pink bob.
Before: Katherine Langford
What’s better than long, brown hair on the Netflix star?
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After: Katherine Langford
How about this Little Mermaid-inspired shade of red?
Before: Hilary Duff
The Younger star is another resident Hollywood blonde.
After: Hilary Duff
And we love how she amped it up with platinum dye in early 2019.
Before: Iskra Lawrence
This model’s beach waves have always been beautiful.
After: Iskra Lawrence
But her gray strands are #flawless.
Before: Priyanka Chopra
The newly married actress isn’t known for dramatic hair changes.
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After: Priyanka Chopra
So we were super excited to see her at least experiment with vibrant highlights.
Before: Ruby Rose
The Aussie beauty’s pixie is one of our favorite Hollywood ‘dos….
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After: Ruby Rose
…Especially when it’s been dyed violet.
Before: Emma Roberts
The actress spent most of 2018 in a dirty blonde shag.
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After: Emma Roberts
But come 2019, she had switched things up with a chocolate brown bob.
Before: Emilia Clarke
The Game of Thrones star has been wearing a Daenerys-appropriate blonde shade for years.
After: Emilia Clarke
But now that the show has wrapped, she’s back to a beautiful brown.
Before: Lady Gaga
Mother Monster is no stranger to dramatic transformations.
After: Lady Gaga
And though this powder blue at the Golden Globes was temporary, it’s one of our favorite looks from award season.
Before: Amandla Stenberg
The Hate U Give star is another celeb who hasn’t shied away from head-turning transformations.
After: Amandla Stenberg
So when she debuted this spring-ready auburn shade in February, we were hardly surprised.
Before: Rachel Bloom
The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star’s brown highlights are the perfect, warm shade for winter.
After: Rachel Bloom
But we’re absolutely obsessed with this darker look, complete with blue ends.