Jennifer Lopez’s hair evolution, from ’90s curls to curtain bangs


Jennifer Lopez is an indisputable style icon who has captured the attention of her millions of fans for decades. From her beginnings as a dancer In living color to her most recent accomplishments (launching her own beauty brand and reviving the phenom known as Bennifer, to name a few), J.Lo’s epic rise from a Fly Girl to the television to a veritable multi-hyphenated superstar has been pretty amazing to watch.

J.Lo’s hair has evolved with her career. In the 90s, she was passionate about bouncy curls that perfectly matched her playful and vivacious vibe. Then, in the early 2000s, the singer was seen bringing that “Jenny from the Block” attitude into her hairstyles with more streamlined, sometimes retro styles.

The late 2000s and 2010s marked the genesis of J.Lo’s voluminous, explosive curls that everyone knows and loves. Now in 2022, the 52-year-old has no shortage of new hairstyles. She revisits and remixes some of her most memorable throwbacks in new and exciting ways.

The prolific star is one to watch when it comes to beauty inspiration. Read on to take a trip down memory lane and remember 14 of Jennifer Lopez’s best hair moments over the years. You’ll probably end up recreating a few.


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J.Lo’s rich dark brown curls were all ’90s vibes and complemented her all-brown ensemble perfectly. Remembering that exceptional look at the start of J.Lo’s hair journey immediately made me reach for my permanent rods.


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J.Lo started moving away from her favorite curls in the late ’90s. Here, she kills a parted lob (sorry, Gen Z) with soft curls at the ends, while still staying true to her youthful look from the l ‘era.


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J.Lo flipped the script at the 1999 Grammy Awards, trading her bouncy curls for this highlighted, straight look. This timeless do was the start of the “On The 6” era that put Lopez on the map.


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Jenny from the block in full effect. This Sporty Spice look is arguably one of Lopez’s most memorable and was definitely a shining moment in her style evolution. Bandanas as hair accessories were a major hair trend of the 2000s that needs to make a comeback.


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Jennifer Lopez channeled Farrah Fawcett at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards. Although it’s an underrated moment in her hair history, it’s so deserving of recognition. Lopez’s cascading curls and warm highlights were the perfect example of a retro style done right.


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Speaking of well-done retro styles, J.Lo’s hair at the 75th Academy Awards was retro glamor at its finest. Her chunky locks pulled back into a low bun were an absolute show stopper. Here’s hoping Bennifer recreates that look next.


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The chunky strands of this updo give off “I woke up like this” vibes. It’s romantic, effortless, and her caramel-colored hair warmed up her complexion and highlighted her natural glow.


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Nobody did bangs quite like J.Lo around 2009. The new take on her now-iconic braids was the perfect way to play up her look. Luckily, Lopez is trying bangs again and they’re just as gorgeous as they were 12 years ago.


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Lopez turned heads at the 2017 Met Gala for two reasons: that blue dress and that flawless haircut. The ‘do was reminiscent of her hair at the 2000s Grammys and underlined the ethereal energy of the look.


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Hair longer than your dress? Absolutely. J.Lo brought all the Vegas vibes, and then some in 2018 when she attended the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Rapunzel never could.


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This updo was iconic. The talented multi-hyphenate stole the show with this top knot that was equal parts ripped and effortless.


When J.Lo rocks a bob, watch out. Expect a clean cut and a lighter hue when Lopez decides to ditch her hair extensions. This bob was one of her best, thanks to Lopez’s go-to stylist, Chris Appleton.


Lopez’s big highlights were back and better than ever last year. Version 2.0 was blonder, thicker and way more fabulous.


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In 2022, Lopez continues to kill the red carpet beauty game. Her long, flowing locks look super luxurious but not overdone.


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