50 Before & After Photos Showing Celebs With Their Natural Hair

For the Hollywood set, trying a new hair look is far from novel. Thanks to extensions, wigs, and skilled colorists, changing up your ‘do is easy — and far less damaging than it once was. Don’t like it? Dye it back, chop it off, or toss a wig over it. Done and done!

Of course, with celebrity transformations happening left and right, it can be surprising to remember that everything isn’t always what it seems. To wit: Katy Perry is a natural blonde, Scarlett Johansson isn’t. And it doesn’t stop with color. We may know Ariana Grande and Kerry Washington best with their hair smooth and shiny, but they both actually have curly locks.

Ahead, we uncover what 25 celebrities look like with their au naturel hair colors or textures. To be clear: We think they look incredible either way — but it’s always fun to take a trip down memory lane, right?

Click through the slides ahead to check them out.

This story was originally published on November 16, 2016.

Ariana Grande usually rocks her signature, sleek pony

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…but her natural curls are just as glamorous.

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Britney Spears’ buttery-blond hair is as iconic as she is…

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…but she actually hit the scene as a light brunette (who could forget …Baby One More Time?).

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Sex and the City ’s Cynthia Nixon went red for the show…

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…but she’s actually a natural blond.

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Kerry Washington prefers to wear her hair straight on the red carpet…

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…but her texture is actually quite curly, which she’s shown off many times through her career.

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We love Emma Stone as a fiery redhead.

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…but many don’t realize that blond is her natural color — which she brought back for The Amazing Spider-Man.

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Solange can do no wrong. Here she is with a straight and sleek style…

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…and this time with her enviable, natural texture.

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Lady Gaga’s always been known for her sleek blond wigs…

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…but at a recent concert, she stripped down to her wavy, dark strands.

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Dita Von Teese’s gorgeous jet-black hair is iconic…

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…but as a high school ballerina, she rocked long, blond waves.

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Viola Davis memorably revealed her natural hair in HTGAWM

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…and also on the red carpet at the Oscars.

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Katy Perry’s dark hair complements her pin-up aesthetic…

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…but surprise! She’s a natural blond, too.

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Sofia Vergara’s taken her hair dark for roles…

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…but her natural color is reportedly closer to this gorgeous ombré.

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Many of Scarlett Johansson’s roles have required her hair be blond…

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…as well as brown, which is her natural hair color.

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Zendaya loves trying something new with her locks…

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…but also loves it natural and curly, as she posted on Instagram recently.

Photo: Via @Zendaya.

Beyoncé has played around with color, most notably rocking golden strands on the red carpet…

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…but this adorable #tbt Instagram shows her with a gorgeous, chestnut natural color.

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Karlie Kloss got her start modeling as a fresh-faced, light brunette.

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But she made the switch to blond in 2014 and has never looked back.

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Alicia Keys has always looked incredible on the red carpet…

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…and recently, she’s started going all-natural — from her hair to her makeup.

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Blake Lively may be best known for playing golden-haired Serena van der Woodsen…

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…but when she lets her roots show, you can see she’s actually a natural brunette.

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Taraji P. Henson’s weave and wig game is unmatched (especially on Empire)

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…but it was her big chop in August of this year that wowed us most. Swoon!

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Gabrielle Union likes her long lengths…

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…but underneath the protective styles, her curls are flourishing.

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For eight blissful years, we were #blessed with Michelle Obama’s style, grace, and glossy silk presses…

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…and while taking a post-White House vacay, she broke the internet by wearing her hair natural, free of heat styling.

Said, lil’ bih You couldn’t mess with Cardi B’ s wig closet if you wanted to…

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…and you can’t mess with her crown of gorgeous, unprocessed hair, either.

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Laverne Cox nearly rivals her idol, Beyoncé, when it comes to rocking gorg blonde highlights…

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…but, sometimes, we’ll get a glimpse of her brunette locks on Insta (like a shot from this 2011 photoshoot she once shared).

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If you look up “how to slay a pixie cut” in the dictionary, Halle Berry’s photo would be front and center…

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…but lately, we’ve gotten a glimpse of what her true texture looks like.

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Deshauna Barber won the title of Miss USA 2016 with her perfect pageant curls intact…

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…and took her final walk with another kind of crown.

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Sanaa Lathan is another actress that loves her long locks…

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…but as a committed actress she buzzed it off for a role — and we’re so here for the badass chop.

Photo: Via @sanaalathan.

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