21 Stunning Hairstyles That Prove Why J. Lo is the Ultimate Hair Inspiration


Ever since Jenny first left her block, the Bronx-born star has been killing the hair game with her enviable hair looks. Whether she’s stealing our hearts in a rom-com, singing about how her ”Love Don’t Cost a Thing,”or slaying the red carpet, Jennifer Lopez never fails to serve up major hair inspiration. Over the course of her decades-long career, the entertainer’s name has become synonymous with great hair and her trademark honey-blonde hair color has now become her signature shade. But, the entertainer has never shied away from switching up her look. With the help of her go-to hairstylist Chris Appleton, Lopez has been able to experiment with a variety of hairstyles like butt-grazing ponytails, elegant updos, and glam waves. As we’ve come to realize over the last few years, whatever the style, J. Lo does it well, every single time.

Here, we’ve rounded up some of the star’s most standout hair moments to date.

1997: Tight Ringlets

Post Fly Girls, J. Lo was still rocking her tight corkscrew curls. We love the color-coordination happening between her vampy brown lip shade and hair color!

1997: Selena-Inspired Bun

For her star-making performance in the Selena biopic, the star fully embraced the Tejano singer’s iconic beauty look with her sleek high bun and red lip.

1998: Layered Bob

All eyes may have been on her sexy sheer gown at the 1998 CFDA Awards but we can’t get over layered shoulder-skimming bob.

1999: Blunt Cut

The superstar showed up to the 1999 Grammys rocking chunky highlights and a long blunt cut — two ‘90s hair staples.

2000: Bejewelled Bandana

Who could ever forget J. Lo’s studded white bandana and braided pigtails? This look is arguably one of the star’s most iconic hair moments.

2000: High Pony

Two decades ago, the star made the world stop — and prompted the launch of Google Images — with her plunging, green jungle-inspired Versace gown. You know the one. For the unforgettable moment in fashion history, J. Lo kept her hair super simple by sweeping her locks up into a high pony. 

2001: Feathered Shag

For the 2001 Teen Choice Awards, the singer went full Farrah Fawcett with a feathered, shaggy flip.

2002: Voluminous Curls

The entertainer proved that bigger hair is always better when she showed up to the 2002 Oscars (with then-husband, Chris Judd) sporting some major volume and big, bouncy curls.

2004: Playful Pigtails

J. Lo looked super youthful at the 2004 Kids’ Choice Awards with her pigtails and pretty pink beret.

2006: Metallic Headscarf

For the 2006 MTV VMAs, the star went full ‘60s glam with a silver metallic headscarf that perfectly matched her shimmering mini dress.

2010: Tousled Updo

The singer looked dazzling on the Oscars red carpet with her pink glittery gown and elegant textured bun.

2013: Old Hollywood Waves

For the 2013 Golden Globes, J. Lo went for retro side-swept waves that surely turned a lot of heads on the red carpet.

2014: Swept-Back Strands

For the 2014 American Music Awards, Lopez opted for textured tresses that she effortlessly pulled back behind her shoulders.

2015: Tight Topknot

Just a year later, the star showed up at the AMAs sporting a super chic topknot and literally not a single hair was out of place.

2016: Sleek & Straight

Lopez absolutely slayed the Grammys red carpet with her waist-grazing mane that she wore parted in the middle.

2017: Curled High Pony

J. Lo paired her icy blue gown with a wavy ponytail at the 2017 Met Gala and of course, she looked absolutely stunning.

2018: Choppy Lob

The star debuted a modern lob with tons of texture at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

2019: Diamond Headpiece

J. Lo shimmered and shined at the 2019 Met Gala with her elaborate fringe headpiece that was brimming with bling-y embellishments.

2020: Braided High Bun

For the 2020 Golden Globes, hairstylist Chris Appleton created a head-turning braided bun to complement her smoky eye look and dramatic ball gown.

2020: Bouncy Blowout

For her unforgettable Superbowl performance, Lopez entrusted Appleton to give her big sexy hair that was perfect for flipping around the stage.

2020: Space Buns

The singer channeled her inner Baby Spice with her super cute space buns and slicked-down bangs.

Which J. Lo hairstyle is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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Camille Nzengung

Camille Nzengung is a Features Editor at The Tease, where she covers all things hair. You can find her writing about the best hair products, the coolest hair trends, and all the exciting new hair launches. Send her a pitch: cnzengung@thetease.com.

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