What a prolific career Taylor Swift has had. Who would’ve guessed that the curly-haired cutie we met in 2006 would go on to be one of the biggest singer-songwriters of our generation?
From Fearless to Evermore, Taylor has constantly reinvented herself for every era. Once a country star, now a pop star, Taylor isn’t afraid to change things up—and we’re not just talking about her music.
Not only is she a singing sensation, she’s also a style star. Taylor’s hairstyles have gone from tightly coiled to sleek straight, from long locks to short strands, and so much more.
Scroll below to walk through Taylor’s swifts hair evolution over the years!
2006: Classic Coils
Taylor began her career with those classic coils. The second her star began to rise, everyone was eager to achieve this curly look with their hair.
Still holding on to her signature curls, we started to see a more romantic side to Taylor in 2007. This sweet updo at the 42nd Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards positioned her as the queen of romantic, fairytale styles.
2008: Loose Ringlets
The following year, Taylor loosed her ringlets just a tad for the 2008 American Music Awards. Still, she didn’t skip on volume. She even trimmed her tresses a bit, though still opted for longer locks.
2009: Soft Updos
In 2009, Taylor went through a romantic updo phase almost the entire year. At nearly every red carpet event, she sported a soft, sweet updo to highlight her endearing personality.
2010: Sleek & Straight
We saw a whole new side to Taylor’s locks in 2010. At the 2010 American Music Awards, she walked the red carpet with sleek straight strands and blunt bangs. But, of course, she didn’t part with her signature blonde color.
2011: Blown Out
Taylor kept her strands relatively straight in 2011, completely ditching her coils. Curly-haired Taylor was no more. From here on out, she opted for straighter styles.
2012: Red Era, Black Hat
During her Red era, Taylor trimmed her strands just a smidge, kept the bangs, and donned her hair accessory staple for the times.
2013: 70s Inspired
Taylor ditched the black hat in 2013, but kept the blunt bangs. She tried a variety of looks for her red carpet appearances this year, though none were as iconic as this hairstyle at the 2013 American Music Awards. Messy hair, don’t care!
The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards saw Taylor with her shortest strands to date. She was really out here rocking the shag haircut before it was cool, proving we’re all taking trend cues from her.
That following year at the MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor brought her “Bad Blood” music video to life with this killer look. The sleek low ponytail and those sideswept bangs were the moment.
2016: French Girl
This was the bob seen round the world. We couldn’t take our eyes off her as she strutted her stuff at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. To put it bluntly, we live for this look.
2017: Beachy With Edge
When Reputation was released, Taylor Swift opted to keep her hairstyles relatively casual. She chose shoulder-length strands with beachy waves over any other look.
While still touring Reputation, she brought the curls back. They were nowhere near as coily as they were when she first hit the scene, but it was nice to see her head back to her roots… literally.
2019: Back to Romance
Pivoting from Reputation to Lover, Taylor’s hairstyles in 2019 were softer and more romantic than the year prior. She sported plenty of sweet updos, including our favorite from the 2019 Time 100 Gala.
Taylor went full cottagecore in 2020 with the release of both Folklore and Evermore. Her tresses morphed into a chic, low-maintenance look fitting for quarantine.