The (Hair)volution of Taylor Swift

Updated on July 6, 2019
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Rachel M. Johnson is a lover of all things pop culture. She's been writing about music and entertainment online for over two years.

Taylor Swift performing.
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Taylor Swift made her music debut with the release of her self-titled album in 2006. Since then, she's had five more record-breaking albums and has received 10 Grammy Awards, 23 Billboard Music Awards, 23 American Music Awards, and 12 Country Music Association Awards (among many more accolades). Her musical sound is constantly changing, as is her overall style. With a career spanning 13 years, Swift has grown up in the public eye. The songstress has served up amazing looks and fashion trends, and her hair is constantly transforming. Let's take a look at Taylor Swift's (hair)volution.

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Country Girl Curls

Back in 2007 when she first began making waves, Taylor was the wholesome country girl who captured every heart in America. Her voluminous ringlets paired perfectly with her cute, southern style. She often wore her long hair down and her blonde curls were always full of body. The signature ringlets became a staple for Taylor, and the style added an overall softness and sweetness to the cute country crooner.

Did You Know? Taylor's self-titled debut album was released in 2006, when the singer was just 16. She wrote the songs during her freshman year of high school. The album earned her the award for Album of the Year at the 2008 Academy of Country Music Awards.

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Straight With Blunt Bangs

In 2010, Taylor shocked the country world when she said goodbye to her big country curls. She traded her cute ringlets for sleek bangs and pin straight hair that only accentuated her facial features. The look was something daring and different for the songstress, and served as a more mature style transformation. Taylor was known for her country sound and look, so straight hair was quite the change-up. There's no denying how stunning the style was, and was indeed a pleasant change.

Did You Know? Swift was the sole writer for her third album, Speak Now (2010). It garnered first week sales of 1,047,000 copies and has since been certified 6x platinum.

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Soft Bangs With Loose Waves

In 2012, Taylor was still rocking the bang look, but this time opted for a softer and more ethereal style. She wore a shorter and less severe bang, paired with artful layering and often styled her locks in loose waves. The effortless look was stunning on the singer, and she appeared both chic and sophisticated. It was also around this time that Taylor adopted her signature red lipstick which she flaunted at awards shows and red carpets. The bright choice of lip color soon became another staple for the hit-maker.

Did You Know? Swift's tour for her 2014 album Red became the highest-grossing tour of all time by a country artist, grossing over $150 million.

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Chopped & Curly Lob

By 2014, Taylor decided to make her most dramatic hair transformation yet: she chopped off her tresses in favor of a curly lob. Not only did she say farewell to her long hair, but she also adopted a complete pop sound for her new album, 1989. The lob was one of the best hairstyles for the songstress, as it added a striking sharpness to her face and truly brought out her lovely features. Taylor also was experimenting more with her style, embracing an edgier, more mature fashion look.

Did You Know? 1989 won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards, making Swift the first female solo artist to win the category twice.

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Sleek & Sexy Fringed Bob

Taylor unveiled a brand-new hairstyle when she showed up to the Grammy Awards in 2016, debuting a sexy and fringed bob. The gorgeous, chin length cut is arguably one of her chicest looks to date, and the dark and deep blonde shade paired perfectly with the style. Her bright blue eyes seemed to sparkle with the look, and her bright red lip never looked better. Not only was the cut a home-run for the singer, but her fashion choices were also exceptional. She definitely embraced the edgier style, as she opted for more revealing and sexy ensembles.

Did You Know? Swift is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and 150 million single downloads. She has also earned an impressive 10 Grammy Awards.

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Bleach Blonde Bob

For the cover of Vogue magazine in 2016, the pop star shocked the world by bleaching her locks and becoming a platinum blonde. The ice blonde color was a startling departure from her classic, all-American beauty look and had the media buzzing. The bold hairstyle was the polar opposite of anything she had sported prior, and the shaggy cut definitely gave her a rock n' roll vibe. It was indeed her edgiest look to date, even though the platinum shade wasn't around for long.

Did You Know? Swift became the first artist to have three million-selling albums within the first week of release: 2010's Speak Now at 1.047 million, 2012's Red at 1.208 million and 2014's 1989, at 1.287 million.

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Back To Basics With Curls

After taking a break from the public eye following heavy media coverage, Taylor came back with a vengeance in 2017 and brought it back to basics. She's been sporting her deep blonde shade, which she's worn with a bang and loose curls. The singer also released her highly anticipated sixth studio album, Reputation. The sound of the album was bold and mature, which seemed to match Taylor's fashion choices. With her blonde curls and red lip firmly back in place, it seems that the songstress has found a perfect balance of the old-and-new Taylor.

Did You Know? Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour broke her own previous record for the highest-grossing domestic tour by a woman and surpassed The Rolling Stones $245 million record by earning $266.1 million.

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