The 17 Celebrity Hairstyles That Defined 2020


To say that 2020 has been a year like no other would be a serious understatement. Between the unprecedented election season, deadly and dangerous coronavirus pandemic, and the record-breaking amount of natural disasters that we faced, there’s so much to reflect on as the year comes to a close.

But, despite all of the crazy chaos that we experienced, we were all still able to find some joy and an escape, in the incredible hairstyles that our favorite celebrities (and their hairstylists!) served us all year long. From Dwyane’s ever-changing buzzcut art to Zendaya and Yara Shahidi’s strong braid game and all of those quarantine dye jobs, there were plenty of celebrity hair looks that we couldn’t stop thinking about.

As we get ready to usher in 2021, let’s take a quick look back at the good, the dramatic, and the very, very memorable hairstyles that defined 2020.

Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B

Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B’s unforgettable “WAP” music video served hair inspiration for days. We’re still living for these ‘90s pin curl updos that celebrity hairstylists Tokyo Stylez and Kellon Dercyk created for the two rap queens.

Demi Lovato

With some help from her go-to hairstylist Paul Norton, Demi Lovato traded in her long brunette locks for a fierce blond, half-shaved pixie cut.


Why wear your heart on your sleeve when you can wear it on your hairline? We’re beyond obsessed with Drake’s heart-shaped part.

Tessa Thompson

This super-long rope braid that hairstylist Lacy Redway dreamed up for Tessa Thompson is a literal work-of-art. Just look at all that detail!

Miley Cyrus

We can all thank Miley Cyrus (and her long-time hairdresser Sally Herschberger) for making us fall in love with the mullet.  The classic ‘80s hairstyle has never looked more modern or cool!

Lupita Nyong’o

For the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards, stylist Vernon Francois took Lupita Nyong’o’s hair to new heights to create this dreamy afro-cloud puff updo.

Yvonne Orji

Actress Yvonne Orji paid tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement with a raised fist symbol shaved on the side of her head. The eye-catching design was created by celebrity groomer Mickey West-Potts and styled by hairstylist Mary Daniels.

Kim Kardashian

Back in June, Kim Kardashian said goodbye to her signature dark locks and embraced a fiery red hue with some help from her go-to hairstylist, Chris Appleton.

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox brought the glam to the 2020 Golden Globes rocking a platinum blonde blunt bob styled by hairstylist Kiyah Wright.

Dwayne Wade

Colorist Jared Esguerra brought the heat with a killer flame buzzcut design for Dwayne Wade.


For her unforgettable 2020 Super Bowl halftime show performance with Shakira, J.Lo trusted her longtime hairstylist Chris Appleton to create these voluminous, flawless curls.


Zendaya gave us big box braid energy at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards with her waist-grazing braids by hairstylist Kim Kimble.

Lucy Boynton

Lucy Boynton stunned at the 2020 Oscars with a pearl-embellished side part created by hairstylist Jenny Cho.

Yara Shadidi

Yara Shadidi rocked the 2020 Golden Globes red carpet with a ‘90’s cropped braided ponytail created by hairstylist Rio Sreedharan.


Back in March, Rosalia made quite the statement when she debuted freshly chopped bangs on her Instagram.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga gave us all major mermaid vibes with her icy blue locks that were dyed by her longtime hairstylist Frederic Aspiras.

Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha looked super fierce with her fire-engine red hair and chunky dark lowlights.

Are you a fan of any of these celebrity hairstyles? 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:


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