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An Extensive Look at Taylor Swift’s Hair Evolution, From Her First Record to ‘Evermore’

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.

The 40th Annual CMA Awards - Arrivals Taylor Swift during The 40th Annual CMA Awards - Arrivals at Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/WireImage)

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2007: Romance

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.

42nd Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Arrivals LAS VEGAS - MAY 15: Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 42nd Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 15, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/ACMA/Getty Images for ACMA)

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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.

2008 American Music Awards - Arrivals Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2008 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 23, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

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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.

Musician Taylor Swift arrives to the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic)

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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.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Taylor Swift attends the 38th Annual American Music Awards at Nokia Live on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

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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.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Taylor Swift arrives at the Billboard's Sixth Annual Women in Music event at Capitale on December 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

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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.

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Singer Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

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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!

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

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2014: Bob’ed

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.

INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Taylor Swift attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for MTV)

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2015: Slick

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.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

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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.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Taylor Swift attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

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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.

Taylor Swift performs on stage during day two of Capital's Jingle Bell Ball with Coca-Cola at London's O2 Arena. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)

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2018: Wild

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.

TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 20: Taylor Swift performs at Tokyo Dome on November 20, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/TAS18/Getty Images)

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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.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Taylor Swift attends the 2019 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

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2020: Cottagecore

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.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - SEPTEMBER 16: (EDITORIAL ONLY. NOT RELEASED. NO COVER USAGE.) In this screengrab, Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry on September 16, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. The ACM Awards airs on September 16, 2020 with some live and some prerecorded segments. (Photo by ACMA2020/Getty Images for ACM)

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