Being a celebrity means that you have access to a team of fashion experts, makeup artists, and hairstylists. Why, then, do so many A-list celebrities make such poor decisions when it comes to their hair? We understand that being a pop star or movie star comes with the pressure to push the envelope and even try to start new trends. That’s fine, but they don’t need to burn the box down to think outside of it. We combed our memory and revisited the trauma of seeing these celebrity hairstyles for the first time. Now, we are pointing out these hair fails not because we dislike the celebrities on this list. To the contrary, we’re fans of many of these celebs and we just don’t want you, dear reader, or the celebs that committed these heinous crimes against humanity to repeat their past mistakes. Here’s a list of shocking, vile, and bad celebrity haircuts.
Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer turned heads when she shaved half of her’s. She shaved half her head to play the character Cressida in The Hunger Games. She said she would have shaved her whole head to get the part and, somehow, we think that would look better.
This photo was not taken of musician Harry Styles standing in the wind. Nary a gust or gale can be blamed for this terrible celebrity hairstyle. He or someone on his team wanted it like that. You live and you learn!
Musician Iggy Azalea showed up to the Grammy Awards with this on her head in 2015. While we love almost any sort of braided thing, this is not a look we felt great about.
Actor Vince Vaughn debuted this look in 2018 at the Venice Film Festival. Keep this image in the back of your mind as you scroll through this list to compare what women go through before getting ready for a red carpet event and how this man named Vince showed up.
Helena Bonham Carter
It was not the 1980s when actor Helena Bonham Carter posed for photos looking like this in 2011. We actually love this whole vibe. If you’re going to rock bad hair, at least make it part of a larger narrative.
Star of Lost and Lord of the Rings, Dominic Monaghan used to have hair like this in 2004. May the year rest in peace. What was he thinking?
Posh Spice, Victoria Beckham started a bob trend that would just not die. This look from 2007 spawned a million bobs. We think Victoria is the queen of the bob, but with the aggressive bang here, it’s not her finest bob-work.
While we’re talking Beckhams, let’s not forget David Beckham’s many hair mishaps. David had hair like this just ten years ago. He’s also had a mini man-bun and cornrows. His hair looks like a There’s Something About Mary sequel we never wanted or asked for.
Actor Kaley Cuoco took helmet hair to a whole new level in 2013. Bowl haircuts will probably always be with us because they’re an inexpensive way to get an even cut. Kaley has a team of professionals styling and advising her and they landed on this.
Baby Justin Timberlake really messed things up after getting his hair permed in the late 90s. By 2002, some of the bleach had worn off and we were left with this disaster. Justin’s haircut was so widely criticized that it launched an entire genre of meme called “Justin Timberlake Ramen Noodle Hair.”
Kim Kardashian West
As a society, we are finally having more constructive conversations about cultural appropriation. As that discourse was jumping from college campuses to the mainstream, Kim Kardashian arrived at the MTV Movie Awards in 2018 with cornrows and braids. Not only did this stir that pot, but it also wasn’t that great of a look for the reality star.
In 2006, Jared Leto sported some pretty sad looking scene hair with a giant streak of red in a back layer. We get that Jared is not just an actor and that he’s also in a band, but this hair doesn’t belong on a red carpet or a concert stage.
Let’s just get real. The early 2000s were not a good time for hair color, and Rachel McAdams walked the red carpet with this on her head in 2007. Rachel is so incredibly talented and it’s such a shame that this really happened.
Russell Brand’s hair looked like a literal rat’s nest in 2008. Who thought it was appropriate to tease this man’s hair like this? We are so glad this hair is a full decade-plus behind us.
This wild look from Robert Pattinson in 2008 and should have prepared for what would come. Did he know this far back in time that he was being eyed to play Batman?
Take a deep breath. You can make it through this list, we promise. Kesha made a choice with this mohawk-inspired look. We like the warrior vibes but it’s just not gelling for us.
If you’re anything like most Americans, you don’t know much about the game of Cricket. Across the pond and around the world, it’s a huge deal. It’s second only to soccer with an estimated 2.5 billion fans worldwide. We hope that helps you understand cricketer Kevin Pieterson’s confidence to walk out of the house looking like a skunk.
Kelly Osbourne has given us some truly iconic looks over the years. She plays around with color and often has a pop-punk vibe to many of her looks. This hairstyle from 2009 is one of her least inspired hairdos and it appears it was achieved using a blunt steak knife instead of shears.
A serious case of good curls gone bad… If you are a person professionally known as Carrot Top, you better serve some ginger goodness. This hairstyle is not ideal for a celebrity but it would make a nice mop.
We’re going to say this again and add some specificity. 2002-2008 were some of the worst years of hair color horror we’ve ever experienced as a country. Fergie’s chunky highlights are definitely not Fergalicious.
As a culture, we should have let Justin Bieber stay a kid for a little bit longer and spared him from the harsh reality of adulthood. In 2016, he debuted his new dreadlocks and people lost it. Many were not beliebers.
The Jetsons cartoon first aired in 1962 and imagined what the 21st Century might look like. How surprised would Jane Jetson be to see pop star, Katy Perry’s blue do? This hairstyle seems more appropriate for the cartoons rather than red carpets.
Dee Snider became famous in the 1980s as one of the leading rockstars in the Hair Band era. It has been almost 40 years and someone needs to tell him to let it die. It’s time to chop it off!
Oh, Jessica. In 2001, Jessica Simpson showed up to the American Music Awards with some French tips and flippy hair. Why was that dark underlayer such a thing? Probably because of Jessica, but it is still indefensible. Let’s never let this happen again!
TV personality Simon Cowell has had the same ridiculous haircut for decades. It’s like Simon wants to part it down the middle but never really commits. It also looks like hair that you’d see on a ventriloquist dummy from the 1920s. The judge has been judged.
To be fair, this is not the worst thing Miley Cyrus has ever done to her hair. However, It might be the worst thing her mom has ever don,e because her mom cut it this way in 2019. She’s back to rocking a mullet these days and nothing matters.
Rapper Lil Pump has a number of alien and outer space tattoos. Perhaps that explains this. Were little green men an inspiration for his green hair? Is chlorine to blame?
Can we just erase the early 2000s altogether? Or maybe just destroy all the proof that those sad years actually existed. Nicole Richie made the mistake of taking inspiration from confetti for her hair in 2003.
Who needs a comb when a vacuum cleaner will get the job done? Actor Gary Busey looked extra-Busey when he walked the red carpet in 2004 wearing a mock turtleneck and a tumbleweed.
Did some ask for an edgy mom haircut? Kelly Rowland delivered just that when she started wearing her hair in the signature “wings” style in the late 90s and early 2000s. Kelly discontinued this style shortly after Destiny’s Child disbanded in 2005.
Dirtbag Johnny Depp has had several awful hairstyles over the years. But the past few have been especially bad. In 2016, he appeared at movie premier with this monstrosity on his head. People, this is what the “styled” version of his “hair” looks like. May a comb and a good night’s sleep find their way to this man soon.
We feel almost guilty about bringing the 1990s into this, but they were indeed a thing. At the time, Gwen Stefani was the frontwoman of her band No Doubt. Grunge music was on the decline and ska was making a comeback! Gwen was trying to bridge the gap and somehow thought that this hairstyle was a smart choice.
Many people don’t know that Kiss band member, Gene Simmons is a huge fan of science fiction and comic books. He’s even created a number of fanzines. Perhaps his love of sci-fi makes him feel okay with the hairstyle he has had for the last couple of decades. Does he think it’s a look of the future?
Someone get this adult-sized man a safety razor and a trip to the barbershop. Ed Sheeran’s hair is appropriate for one thing only: hackeysack in the quad. Can you believe that Jamie Foxx looked upon this person and thought to himself, this man is meant for greatness?
Olympic gold medalist Andre Agassi was the biggest name in professional tennis for a decade. People looked to this man as a fashion icon in the 80s and 90s. He was a sex symbol! With this hair! How do we reconcile the 1990s? What did we ever do to deserve such savagery? Fortunately, Andre has since shaved his head and put is hear into retirement. Consider yourself spared.
We all make hair mistakes! Hair fails are a part of life and generally are forgotten without much fanfare. If you’re a celebrity, it’s a bit different. The majority of celebrities on this list are fine people who just made a bad decision. It’s not the end of the world. Most of them are still very famous in spite of their poor choices. That means they’ll have the opportunity to shock us the next time they decide to try something new.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
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