There are few people more influential in our culture than celebrities. Their lives, hobbies, and style are often lusted after and duplicated. Here are 47 of the hottest celebrity hairstyles ever that made big waves in pop culture and are still coveted even today.
Audrey Hepburn wasn’t the first celebrity to sport the super chic pixie haircut, but she was by far the most popular. Her Breakfast and Tiffany’s look inspired generations of women and set the precedent that short could still be incredibly sexy.
Rhianna is an absolute trendsetter, and she’s known for pulling off looks that wouldn’t work on anyone else. She’s had some incredible hairstyles through the years, but her faux mohawk is one of the hottest yet.
Known for her voluminous blonde locks, perfect bangs, and her slightly tousled sex appeal, Bridget’s signature style is just as popular today as it was in her heyday.
Back when being overtly sexy was still taboo, Bettie Paige mastered the pin up look with her combination of wavy brunette locks, perfect bangs, and legs that went on for days.
When Blake Lively made her Gossip Girl debut, she took the blonde beach waves and put them on the map. Her signature long surf-inspired style is one of the most popular current looks.
There are few celebrities loved more than Elvis Presley. “The King” was known for a great many things, one of which was his signature pompadour hairstyle. For decades men have duplicated the iconic style, and it remains one of the many legacies that Elvis left behind.
You might think that the beehive should be featured on someone from the 1960’s, but the truth is that no one made this hairstyle more popular than Amy Winehouse. While she may have passed far too soon, she’s given us a new generation of women who are sporting the teased up style with her signature winged eyeliner look.
When you think iconic 1970’s hair, the chances are good that an image of Farrah’s feathered and flicked layers come to mind.
Demi Moore isn’t the only actress to shave her head for a role, (Natalie Portman also got a buzz cut for a part) but she was one of the first to make it look this good. Not everyone could pull off the barely-there style, but Demi created a following of women who loved her minimalist vibe.
When a woman shaves her head, it’s shocking and the reviews might be mixed. But, when Vin Diesel shaved his head the vote was unanimous, it was instantly one of the hottest celebrity hairstyles. He makes bald look good.
When Faye Dunaway donned a beret over a sleek chin-length bob when she played Bonnie in the classic film, Bonnie and Clyde, she made hairstyle history. The Bob one of the most requested cuts at salons even today, and it looks just as good now as it did back then.
Queen Bey’s style is never anything less than on point. She’s given us hundreds of amazing and iconic looks to choose from, but we especially love her with long ombre curls.
Grace Kelly’s sleek and chic wavy bob encompasses all the glamor of the 1950’s in one hairstyle. Her look is continually copied by modern day actresses like January Jones and Reese Witherspoon who love the classic feminine waves.
When the television sitcom Friends made it big in the 1990’s there was one thing that was even more popular than the show itself; Rachel’s haircut. Fashion magazine Marie Claire estimates that over 11 million women requested “the Rachel” in the 1990’s, wanting to duplicate the high-volume choppy style that Aniston wore on the show.
Arguably the most influential band of all time, The Beatles changed the landscape of musical history forever. When they debuted in the US in the 1960’s they quickly became known for their unique sound and their “mop top” haircuts. Their early bowl cut look made them highly identifiable and was one of the hottest hairstyles of the era.
Actress Julia Roberts is known for a lot of things. Her huge smile, her boisterous laugh, her prestigious acting career, and her wild and free red locks back in the days of Pretty Woman. While her look has evolved over the years, signature curls have remained a definition trait of the actress.
In addition to being the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton is also an absolute style star. She dresses like royalty, and her long chestnut locks are always shiny, bouncy, and perfectly positioned for a photo op.
While “Bieber Fever” may not be a diagnosable medical condition, you can’t argue the success of Justin Bieber as a pop superstar. When his career first exploded his haircut became an in-demand style, making girls swoon and guys flock to their barber to copy the look.
The 1980’s wouldn’t have been the same with Princess Diana as a celebrity icon. Her short, choppy style defined what it was to be both spunky and regal.
The embodiment of the flapper style of the 1920’s, Louise Brooks’ cropped, angular bob with a perfect fringe was the hottest style of the decade.
While men in music with long hair were nothing new by the time 1990’s grunge rock came onto the scene, none did it as well as Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. His long, blonde locks lived on far beyond his much too short life and were the hair inspiration for big-name celebrities like Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp in years to come.
While Marilyn Monroe may have famously been born brunette Norma Jean, she made the switch to blonde early in her career as a model and never looked back. The original blonde bombshell, Marilyn’s iconic look is often duplicated but impossible to beat.
She may have started as Posh Spice, but Victoria Beckham has grown into a style all her own. While she’s a bit of a hair chameleon, her sleek graduated bob was one of her most popular styles. Dubbed the “pob” (the posh bob), is one of the most requested styles in salons even today.
Known for her high-shine style that she wears parted in the center, Olivia Palermo has beautiful hair. She’s a trendsetter, being one of the first celebrities to experiment with the ombre look back in 2010.
It doesn’t matter how Scarlett Johansson styles her hair; she is the epitome of a bombshell beauty. Over the years her locks have ranged from long to super short, from blonde to red, but her latest rockabilly inspired pixie is the hottest of them all.
Dita Von Teese
Dita Von Teese channels a modern day Marilyn Monroe style – if she had stayed a brunette. Her glamorous curls are always pin-up perfect.
Bob Dylan’s style may have had a just got out of bed in the morning vibe, but that was part of his charm. The 1960’s musician and social activist defined protest for his generation, and his hair was just one symbol of his rebellion.
Back before boho style was popular, Sienna Miller was rocking her natural flowing blonde waves. While she reportedly hates the term now, she’s the one who brought back the carefree feel of the hippie style.
Solange Knowles’ gorgeous locks can’t be tamed, and even if they could, they shouldn’t be. Her modern take on the retro afro is a magnificent example of modern-day natural beauty.
Musical superstar Lady Gaga is nothing if not unpredictable. The ever-changing diva graces award shows, talk show appearances, the red carpet, and the stage with a never ending array of fabulous styles. One of her hottest looks is her take on the hair bow, creating art and an impressive style all in one.
She may be “just a girl,” but No Doubt frontwoman, solo artist, and all around celebrity Gwen Stefani has been redefining what it means to be a blonde beauty for decades. Whether she’s sporting a punk look back in her days with the band, or her current blown out locks, she looks fab. Her hottest look? Her punk hot-pink highlights that virtually define the year 1999.
If you can believe it, early in her career, supermodel Karen Elston had trouble finding work. On a casting cal,l she reportedly met Christina Hendricks, who advised her to dye her hair red. It worked. Shortly after that Karen appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue and her career skyrocketed. Her red locks are now an inseparable part of her signature style.
Katy Perry manages to mesh classic retro beauty with her own funky twist, and the results are always epic. Never one to shy away from color, she’s pretty much a unicorn when it comes to her locks. Whether it’s pale pink, dark purple, blue, or green, her style is always on point.
Meg Ryan’s slightly messy, choppy, short haircut in the early 1990’s circa the premiere of French Kiss, ranks up with Jennifer Aniston’s “The Rachel” for the most requested haircut of all time.
There are few things more perfect, or more iconic, than Pam Grier’s 1970’s afro in her role as Foxy Brown.
No one puts the 1980’s perm in a corner thanks to Jennifer Gray’s iconic locks in her role as Baby in the classic film, Dirty Dancing.
Zooey Deschanel may be solely responsible for bringing back bangs for an entire generation of women. Her cute and quirky charm make her absolutely lovable, and her perfect fringe shapes her face and frames her blue eyes in a way that’s enviable.
The big, supermodel blowout was never done better than by Cindy Crawford. Her honey-colored locks and perfectly placed beauty mark are more identifiable to some than the Pepsi can in this advertising campaign.
Iconic actor James Dean may have been a rebel without a cause, but his hairstyle has made history. Not only was his slick-backed look popular in his heyday, but it’s also still one of the most requested cuts by men in the world today.
Could we pull it off? Probably not. But, that doesn’t change the fact that Sia’s black and white strands are her trademark, and they represent one of the hottest singers in the business today.
While everyone can agree that we just love Emma Stone, there’s a big debate as to which hair color looks best on her; red or blonde. We feel like her red locks bring out her fiery side, and her side part and simple wave are our favorite style so far.
It’s impossible for Jennifer Lawrence to be anything less than stunning, but when she cut her long locks into a short pixie style haircut in 2013, fans were upset. While she had a good reason to trade in her ombre tresses and shapely fringe, we still love this look on J-Law.
Jennifer Lopez is the queen of sexy looks. Whether she’s showing off her enviable body, sporting smoldering makeup, or pumping up the volume on a gorgeous blowout, she ranks high on our list of hottest celebrities ever.
The former Twilight star has hit her style stride. Her short, stacked crop that she wears with her natural waves is perfect to show off both her funky and sexy sides.
Michelle William’s pixie crop is the perfect combination of sweet and sultry and is the signature style of this Hollywood actress.
She started as a teen sensation, but as her career has grown, so has Selena Gomez’s sense of style. Her long, wavy, chocolate locks are a near inseparable part of her look.
Tina Turner’s style has been on point for decades. The superstar knows exactly how to take the look of the moment, and make it her own. Her current style is right in line with Beyonce, but back in the 70’s and 80’s, she rocked out her beautiful big hair with the rest of them.
Known as the world’s first supermodel, Twiggy was known for her tiny frame, huge eyes, long eyelashes, and ultra-short haircut. Her look evolved throughout her long, illustrious career, but she remains an iconic symbol of the fashion industry even today.