Celebrities usually change up their hair a bit for a red carpet, but at the American Music Awards (AMAs) on Sunday night, it appears that some had simply had it with their usual styles, debuting some major new looks just in time for the holidays. Or else they were all punking us and wearing various types of hairpieces and everything will go back to normal today. Let's analyze.
By far the most shocking (I use that as a relative term, obviously) change came courtesy of Gigi Hadid, who may or may not have lobbed her hair. She played coy about it, telling Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet that she should "check back tomorrow" because of the "tricks of the trade." After spending way too much time zooming in on pictures of the back of her head, I can say that if it's a fob (faux lob), it's one of the more convincing ones I've seen. But nothing is real in Hollywood and it would really surprise me if Gigi gave up her signature bombshell waves. Weirder things have happened, though. Also, it looks really great and she should actually do this if it's all just a lie.
Update/Spoiler: It is a half-wig. A half-wig?? Elle.com explains.
Is that Kris Jenner coming out of a time machine or is it her daughter, Kendall Jenner, with bangs? The latter — maybe. It's easy to make clip-in bangs look convincingly real, but this could totally be a genuine cut. Only time — and Kendall's future Instagram posts — will tell.
Joe Jonas has been slowly easing his way into a jar of aqua Manic Panic over the last few weeks, showing off a shock of blue here and there. But last night he fully committed to mer-person hair, perhaps because he heard his ex, Gigi Hadid, was also changing her hair. Gigi still wins.
Gwen Stefani debuted a real doozy of a red carpet look Sunday night, to which her hair played a supporting role. While her platinum color has been a signature since the '90s, she does change the style a lot, but this is a departure from her usually razor sharp edginess. A quick review of recent red carpet and paparazzi photos shows that in the past month Gwen has been favoring styles with a ton of volume at the crown, culminating in this full Priscilla Presley/late '90s Madonna/Jenny McCarthy hybrid, which is also more golden than usual. Is it the country influence — and the genre's well-documented fondness for big hair — of new beau Blake Shelton? Who knows, but Gwen can really do no wrong.
Ariana Grande almost never changes her hair. But during a performance last night, she took a departure from her usual bronde ponytail with this rich mahogany brunette style that cascaded in waves with no ponytail holders in sight. It is likely not real. The fullness at the back of the head and the bobby pins all scream "wig," but it really changes her look. If her hair ever heals from the damage she's talked a lot about, she should try a deeper brunette color. Or she should just do whatever she wants. It's her head.