Thanks to extensions, wigs and tireless glam squads, it seemed that a week didn’t go by in 2017 without a celebrity debuting bangs, pink hair or a pixie cut.
But some stars took things a step further and truly committed to fresh looks by choosing scissors and dye over hairstylist tricks.
Below, we round up the dramatic beauty transformations that we won’t soon forget.
A happy accident: Katy Perry, 33, had to cut off her hair after going too blonde damaged her strands. She’s stuck with the short look ever since
Bleaching your hair can cause major damage, even if you’re a celebrity with access to the top colorists in the world.
After trying to go ‘too blonde’, Katy Perry revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that her hair started falling out, forcing her to get a pixie cut. Luckily, she’s embraced the short crop.
‘Everything is more fun with short hair! I can just get up and go. I feel so liberated with this hair now,’ she told W magazine months after taking the initial plunge.
Becoming the Mother of Dragons: Emilia Clarke, 31, dyed her hair blonde for the final season of Game of Thrones
After seven seasons of wearing blonde wigs to portray Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke bleached her naturally brown hair as she geared up to film the series’ final season this fall.
‘I done did it. Mother of dragons meet Emilia. Emilia meet mother of dragons,’ the actress captioned an Instagram photo of her fresh dye job in September.
Generating buzz: Kate Hudson, 38, got a buzz cut for her role in the upcoming Sia-directed film Sister
Kate Hudson has had medium-length blonde hair for much of her career, so when she stepped out with a light brown buzz cut this summer, fans were shocked.
The actress got the chop for her role in Sister, a film written and directed by singer Sia set to come out in 2018.
After debuting her new look, Kate joked to ET that she wanted to copy her 13-year-old son Ryder. ‘Ryder‘s been buzzing his head for a long time. Ryder‘s like, “Mom, you’re cramping my style”,’ she said.
Blonde ambition: Kim Kardashian, 37, revealed that she spends hours at the salon to maintain her icy dye job
Kim Kardashian often switches up her hair with the help of wigs, but this summer she went platinum for real.
The reality star’s blonde moment might not last for much longer, however. She revealed on Twitter last week that she’s ‘getting over’ the process of maintaining the icy shade.
‘Spent the last few days bleaching my roots (we do it in stages so it doesn’t break off). OMG 13 hours & still going,’ Kim wrote.
Blondes don’t always have more fun: Zoe Kravitz, 29, went back to brunette ahead of the 2017 Emmy Awards
Zoe Kravitz landed on our list of surprising beauty transformations in 2016 for dying her dark brown braids blonde. This year, she went back to brunette and then followed with a pixie cut.
The Big Little Lies actress showed off the look at the Emmy Awards where the series nabbed the award for Outstanding Limited Series.
Beauty takes time: It took hairstylist Riawna Capri ‘9 hours, about 300 foils, and 8 bowls of bleach, all with 2 stylist working together simultaneously’ to make Selena Gomez, 25, blonde
Selena returned to the stage for the first time since her kidney transplant at the American Music Awards and to mark the occasion, she went blonde.
Hairstylist Riawna Capri, who is responsible for the change, revealed that the new look is ’90s-inspired and dubbed it ‘Nirvana blonde’.
The singer recently said that the color is ‘not going anywhere’.
Model-turned-actress-turned author: Cara Delevingne, 25, dyed her grown-out buzz cut brown as she celebrated the release of her debut novel, Mirror, Mirror
Cara Delevingne showed her dedication to her craft when she shaved her blonde hair for her role in the forthcoming film, Life in a Year.
The model-turned-actress proved that short hair is super versatile over the summer. While on a press tour for the movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, she reinvented the look on the red carpets with hair accessories, 3-D accents, glitter and hair dye.
She switched things up yet again in October when she dyed her growing strands a rich shade of brown.