Curly or Straight? 18 Stars Who Look Totally Different With Curly Hair (PHOTOS)

After so many red carpet experiences and events, many stars adopt a signature hairstyle, so when they diverge from that, they can be practically unrecognizable. Others like to mix it up all the time, trying new hairstyles and switching from curly to straight to wavy and back again, always leaving fans guessing. But no matter what their style philosophy, there are plenty of stars who just look seriously different when they switch their hairstyles between curly and straight.

These 20 celebrities look gorgeous no matter what—but they look totally different with curly and straight hair. Which hairstyle do you prefer?


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  • Sarah Jessica Parker


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    While she's tamed her curls since her Sex and the City days, Sarah Jessica Parker still tends to wear her hair with a little bit of texture.

  • Kelly Rowland


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    R&B singer Kelly Rowland has beautiful natural curls, but she also looks perfectly cool with her hair worn long and straight.

  • Beyoncé


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    Queen B has a lot of fun trying out different hair styles, lengths, and colors. While she usually rocks some natural curls or waves on the stage and in real life, sometimes she'll mix things up with perfectly sleek tresses.

  • Shakira


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    Singing sensation Shakira is known both for her incredible vocals and her signature curly blonde hair. She's practically unrecognizable when she adopts a different style.

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  • Jessica Simpson


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    With her Texas childhood days behind her, this fashion designer has abandoned her golden ringlets in favor of a straighter 'do.

  • Nicole Kidman


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    This Oscar winner has gorgeous naturally curly red hair, but occasionally she'll break out the flat iron for a sleek look.

  • Blake Lively


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    This Gossip Girl star has envious hair whether she wears it curly or straight, but she most often tends to wear it with a little bit of wave.

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal


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    This actress tends to wear her hair cropped short and curly these days—a dramatic departure from her long, straight layers.

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  • Jordin Sparks


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    American Idol alum Jordin Sparks has the prettiest natural curls, but she also looks super chic with her hair straight and glossy.

  • Rihanna


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    The "Diamonds" singer is one of the most risk-taking style chameleons. She can rock basically any hair color, cut, and texture.

  • Tyra Banks


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    As a model, Tyra Banks has worn her hair in practically every style imaginable. Still, each different look totally transforms her appearance. 

  • Meg Ryan


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    Nowadays, it's hard to catch this rom-com actress with her short hair not curled—but it seems she's always preferred to wear her blonde hair with plenty of texture.

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  • Mila Kunis


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    This vivacious Friends With Benefits actress most often wears her signature brunette locks long, but she alternates between straight strands and sexy curls.

  • Selena Gomez


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    Former Disney star and blossoming pop singer Selena Gomez looks striking with her long raven hair worn straight, but curls give her a gorgeous softness.

  • Zendaya Coleman


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    This Disney Channel starlet loves experimenting with different styles on the red carpet, and she always manages to rock every look she tries.

  • Drew Barrymore


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    This beloved star is known for wearing pretty, beachy waves, but every once in a while, she rocks the straight look and looks just as good. 

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  • Taylor Swift


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    Who could forget Taylor Swift's hair transformation? While this singer is long past her days of long ringlets, she sometimes still gives her bob a bit of a curl for a sweet throwback.

  • Jessica Alba


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    Actress and activist Jessica Alba is all about living a healthy life, and her shiny locks look perfectly nourished when worn both straight and curly.

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