Ariana Grande has for years battled with the media about never changing her hair–turns out that she wore the signature ponytail for a very specific reason. The constant years of dying her hair for her role as Cat in the Nickelodeon series Sam & Cat had caused some major damage that the star was embarrassed of. She has since then been letting her hair down, quite literally. We have to give her credit because we all wish we could have Ariana Grande hair at the end of the day. Let’s take a look at some of her best hairstyles over the year.
#1: Sweet Like Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande sported something a little different from the ponytail at a Boots show in London, where she launched her ARI perfume. We’re not sure which is sweeter the smell of her signature perfume or the adorable two messy buns on top of her head.
#2: Girl, Let Your Hair Down
Every once in awhile we caught a glimpse of Ariana Grande letting her hair down. We especially loved the caramel-colored curls that she wore at the Jingle Ball as she serenaded her fans with sweet melodies–almost as sweet as her pretty hair color.
#3: Dark Side Color
This pretty enchanting dark color looked fantastic on Ariana Grande–there must have been something truly magical about the Jingle Ball because it just so happens this new hair color was also revealed at the event.
#4: Natural Hair Showstopper
Ariana Grande’s natural hair is brunette (gasp!), but we’re we really that shocked by that? She explained that she had to wear extensions for years due to the damage of hair color, but we have to agree that natural or not we think she completely rocked the Music Awards show with her dark curls.
#5: Straight Up Style
Ariana Grande will from time to time rock straight locks and we completely appreciate it! It gives all the curly-haired girls hope that there is a way to tame their curls into the same fabulous style from time to time.
#6: The “Real” Waves
It doesn’t get much more real than this photo for Ariana Grande–pre-ponytail and hair damage she used to rock wavy hair that seemed to go on endlessly for days. This is no doubt her real hair, and it’s absolutely gorgeous!
#7: Top Knot Style
There’s nothing better than running to the basics from time to time–sometimes your hair just needs a break. That’s when you turn to this easy style and check out this top knot style guide for inspiration.
#8: Braided Ponytail
It’s a ponytail, but it’s done differently so we have to give our favorite IT popstar some credit–she did surprise us with two braids that ran across the top of her head to meet her signature ponytail. This is an easy go-to style for lazy beach days and fun music festivals.
#9: Accessories Solve Problems
If you’re tired of wearing your hair the same way for every show (cough: ponytail overload) try some accessories to spice up your style. There was no better day than the day that Ariana Grande broke out the cat ears, it was a welcome relief and refreshing to see something different. You can refresh your look with a simple accessory like a bobby pin for example!
#10: Crimped Ponytail
If you’re going to wear your hair the same way every time–take a tip from Ariana Grande and change it up. Add some spice by using fun and easy textures like crimps to give your hair added volume.
#11: Adorable Headbands
We can never say no to an adorable headband–it’s an easy way to add style to any look. If you’re getting ready for music festivals and summertime try these enchanting and simple headband styles for yourself!
#12: Fringe Bangs
Not everyone can pull off fringe bangs, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try! If you’re afraid to permanently add bangs to your everyday style try something more temporary like clip-in bangs for a less dramatic change.
#13: Ombre Color
There are plenty of colors to choose from if you want to test out the ombre look. You can go dramatic and bold with bright colors or choose a more natural route like a dark fade into blonde hair like Ariana Grande.
#14: Half Updo
Half updos are a great alternative for summertime since you get to style half of your hair any way you want, but you won’t have to worry about it getting too hot since half your hair is pulled up. We especially like the darker color paired with Ariana Grande’s half updo.
#15: Red Hair
It’s a ponytail, but it’s red and it’s pulled to the side so it’s a little different. This was during her time as Cat for the Nickelodeon series of Sam & Cat. This would be a pre-cursor to her signature style, but she wasn’t quite there yet.
#16: Sky High Ponytail
If it’s a ponytail–and if we’ve learned anything from Ariana Grande it’s that the ponytail has to be sky high and it has to have some fun details. If that detail is some pretty braids or curly waves it doesn’t matter–what matters is how high you rock your ponytail!
#17: Harry Potter Inspired Hair
If you’re going to surprise your fans with a new album; why not add the shock factor of white hair to it? We adored this style on Ariana Grande and love that she could admit that her inspiration came from a familiar Harry Potter character, Draco Malfoy.
#18: Sideswept Bangs
If you really want to make an entrance with a half updo add some sideswept bangs to the look. Ariana Grande really makes a statement since her bangs are darker than the rest of her hair, but sideswept bangs never get old!
#19: Part the Right Way
There’s nothing that can make you look yourself like correctly parted hair. We think that this side part makes Ariana Grande look more mature. If you’ve been questioning your part check out this helpful video for tips on how to part the right way.
#20: Stick with What You Know
When all else fails just do whichever style you like best–as Ariana Grande will tell you in her song Focus, “I’m over here doing what I like” and we should take a hint and do the same. If we want rainbow hair and shocking styles for summertime than we should go for it.
Many girls only dream of having Ariana Grande hair, but with hot, sweltering summer months ahead we might just be rushing to pull off her signature ponytail style every day. At least we know we’ll look good doing it, especially if we add variety and cute accessories!