In May, Katy Perry walked out on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with a brand-new buzzcut to the surprise of fans everywhere. And though the cut looked supremely cool, Perry revealed that the entire thing came together thanks to her overindulgence with bleach. “I don’t know if you’ve ever dyed your hair too blond,” she told the crowd, “but sometimes your hair falls out. So, that’s the way I handled it.”
Despite having a much more chill attitude about having to shave off all her hair than most of us, she also told Byrdie that the entire experience challenged her views on beauty ideals. No longer having longer hair meant she needed to redefine what being beautiful meant to her. She added, “Now I can’t hide behind it. I wanted to know that I could still feel beautiful and love myself without it. It’s fun, it’s freeing, it’s liberating, and I don’t think that ‘sexiness’ and ‘femininity’ is just one thing—long hair. I suppose the goal is to redefine what femininity means to me.”
But now, nearly eight months later, Perry is adding just a few inches to her wispy pixie cut—at least for one night. In an Instagram story, the singer revealed a new look thanks to a wildly believable wig that was the same bleach-blond color, only this time hit just above her shoulders. The singer also shared the other beauty treatment she had done that day—a cupping session—before heading over to a Jay-Z concert, a reason as good as any to change your hair for the night.
Perry is one of many stars to cut their hair short this year–Kristen Stewart, Cara Delevingne, and Kate Hudson all buzzed their hair off for roles–so it’s safe to call short hair the trend of 2017. But with Bella Hadid, Kim Kardashian, and now Katy Perry all jumping on the lob bandwagon, it looks like we know the cut of 2017.
Katy Perry’s Most Daring Beauty Looks, From Pastel Purple Bobs to Platinum Pixies
A fresh faced Katy Perry arrives at the MTV Presents: Next Generation Xbox Revealed event with a taupe smokey eye and wavy locks.
Wearing a bob with blunt bangs and a frosted smokey eye, Perry arrives at the Gridlock New Year’s Eve in 2008.
Wearing shoulder length tousled waves with a glossy, Barbie pink lip, Perry attends the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Back to blunt bags with long tousled curls, Perry attends the Grammy Nominations Concert Live – Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night event.
At the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards, Perry wears her tousled bob with a dark smokey eye and satin pink lip.
Opting for a sleek, twisted high pony, Perry attends the 2010 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Playing with color at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, Perry wears her aqua blue curls with a sleek blue cat eye.
Back to her dark brunette waves, Perry wears a multi-colored smokey eye instead at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Wearing her cotton candy pink tousled bob with a matching lip, Perry arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
Playing up her elegant waves with layers of purple highlights, Perry arrives at the Katy Perry: Part Of Me premiere.
At the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, Perry opts for a turquoise blue french twist instead that she pairs with a pale pink lip.
Perry’s look at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards was all about natural, polished waves and a neutral smokey eye.
Pairing her sleek, braided up do with a satin maroon red lip, Perry attends the 15th NRJ Music Awards.
Back to her tousled bob, in jade green instead, Perry arrives at the Congressional candidate Marianne Williamson press event in 2014.
Perry looks elegant at the 56th Grammy Awards with her sleek, braided up do and subtle cat eye.
Opting for an edgier look at the 2015 Costume Institute Gala, Perry pairs her brunette pixie with an exaggerated taupe smokey eye.
Wearing pastel purple tousled waves with creamy nude lip, Perry arrives at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
A sleek up do with blunt bangs, bleached brows and blue mascara was the look at the 2016 Costume Institute Gala.
Debuting her blonde waves at the 59th Grammy Awards, Perry radiates with luminous skin and a mauve lip.
Elevating her blonde waves with an asymmetrical pixie, Perry arrives with a neutral smokey eye and lip at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Perry gets experimental at the 2017 Costume Institute Gala, wearing a dramatic navy blue smokey eye with a dark burgundy lip.
Debuting her latest do during Paris Haute Couture week, Perry joins the platinum blonde movement.