Miley Cyrus Hair Transformation: Then and Now
From wholesome beginnings as Hannah Montana to twerking on Robin Thicke at VMAs, Miley Cyrus has certainly evolved over the years. Her ever-changing career and relationships status has given us a plethora of party bangers, wild red carpet looks, and more hairstyles than most people have in a lifetime.
And as Miley hits another life hurdle, we can’t help but wonder if another change is on the horizon.
Here, we take a look back at Miley’s hair evolution over the years, from tween Disney star to a strong, sophisticated woman with the world at her feet...
During her Hannah Montana days, Miley was required to keep her hair a natural medium brown while playing her self-titled character. While she may have not been able to experiment much with her hair, she did get to rock that iconic blonde Hannah Montana wig, which I think we can all agree made up for it!
Hannah Montana was a huge success and Miley slowly started experimenting with her look. She dyed her hair dark brown, got herself a full head of tape-in extensions, and started wearing darker eye makeup. She was also rumored to be dating Nick Jonas at the time, but this wouldn't be confirmed until years later!
In 2010, Miley wrapped Hannah Montana and took a short haitus from music to focus on acting (and meet her future hubby, Liam Hemsworth). Miley ditched the dark hair dye and ringlet curls in favour of a lighter, messier more "lived-in" look. She released her first album post-Disney and pole-danced on stage at an award show. Hannah Montana was growing up.
As her relationship with Liam progressed and she moved further away from her "Disney star" label, Miley lightened her hair and started sporting more sophisticated looks. She got engaged to Liam in 2012 and was juggling a successful acting and singing career.
After a couple years of partying in the U.S.A, Miley made the first of many drastic hair decisions - she chopped off her signature long, wavy locks and dyed it bleach blonde. Unfortunately, just a few months after this hair transformation, she and Liam split for the first time. This is when things start to really take a turn...
After her breakup, Miley went on a journey to find herself in a very public and dramatic way. She frequently wore her hair in space buns, brought over-sized foam fingers to red carpets, and wore barely-there outfits like...all the time. She also twerked on Robin Thicke during a VMA performance that became more iconic than the Britney-Madonna kiss.
While it may have seemed like the wild ex-Disney star was having a breakdown, Miley was actually having the time of her life! Over the next couple years, Miley partied hard, released her post-breakup album Bangerz (which did, in fact, have a lot of bangers), and even got dreadlocks at one point. She also took this time to address her sexuality, saying she is part of the LGBTQ community.
As Miley's partying slowed down, she turned to godmother Dolly Parton to get back to her country roots, and again, Miley’s look evolved. She let her hair grow out, stopped bleaching it, and started wearing more clothes. Her and Liam also started low-key rekindling their romance.
In early 2016, Miley started wearing her engagement ring again. This completely shook the internet and confirmed that she and Liam were back together. Miley released her album, Younger Now, where she sings about finding herself, letting go of her wild days, falling back in love with Liam, and settling down. She symbolised this period of growth by wearing classic, understated looks like this old-Hollywood glam hairstyle.
A year and a half later, Miley and Liam secretly got married in a small intimate ceremony surrounded by close friends and family. Miley continued to grow her hair and keep more sophisticated looks. Though she was in a completely different phase in life, she made it clear that her wild side will always be a part of her!
At the 2019 Met Gala, Miley rocked a haircut we'd never seen on her before - long, straight hair with a fringe! After years of growing her hair out and maintaining the same style, this was a fresh new look that everyone was loving. Unfortunately, this was also the last big Hollywood event that Miley and Liam would attend together as a couple.
These days, Miley's been rocking a more grungy, "just rolled out of bed" style hair. She has officially announced her split with Liam Hemsworth. And while we're sad to see the couple split, we can't wait to see Miley's evolution yet again.
What's your favourite Miley hairstyle? Do you think her look will change?