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Ariana Grande Is Almost Unrecognizable in New Instagram Post

Her signature hairstyle is gone—at least for now.

Ariana Grande is known for her signature high ponytail, but now, the 28-year-old pop star is trying out a new look. In a video posted to her Instagram, Grande showed off short hair that hits just above her shoulders and flips out at the bottom. She accompanied the new look with a fuzzy red-orange bucket hat. It's unclear how long she'll keep this style, but for now, take a look at Grande's short hair and the other rare instances in which she's shown off a different look.

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This is how you probably picture Ariana Grande.

Ariana Grande at the 2016 American Music Awards
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In an Oct. 2020 interview on the Zach Sang Show (via Yahoo!), Grande explained that she sees her ponytail as part of her persona as a performer, and if she were to wear her hair natural while performing, she would have "hard time marrying it to the music."

"The hair for me is such a guard, character-façade type thing, and it's had its own evolution, but it has always been this kind of costume piece," she said. Of her natural hair, she explained, "I think that's kind of what I envisioned [the song 'My Hair'] being about, is because it's such an intimate thing to be just like, 'curly shower head.' My boyfriend [now-husband Dalton Gomez] loves it. He's like, 'Curlies, yay!'"

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And here's her new photo that showcases her natural short hair.

Ariana Grande with short hair in a video from her Instagram
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W magazine reports that Grande revealed her shorter 'do in a Instagram video that has since been deleted. But screenshots of the video captured online show Grande's new hairstyle. Along with the fuzzy bucket hat and bob, Grande did keep one of her signatures: her cat-eye makeup.

Grande previously showed off her short, curly hair, which she says it how it looks naturally.

In 2019, Grande posted a photo of herself from when she was five years old on Twitter that showed her with short curly hair. She wrote, "If I'm honest ….. this is still exactly what I look like without lashes and my pony ….. anyone who knows me knows me knows."

A fan asked for pictures and Grande posted a video of herself (seen here) showing off her curly hair and added a dog filter.

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She tried out blonde in 2018.

Ariana Grande at the Met Gala in 2018
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Grande had a bleached blonde phase in 2018. Here she is showing off the look at the 2018 Met Gala, though it appears she had some help from extensions to get an extra-long ponytail for her look.

In 2019, Grande told fans that dying her hair blonde was rough on her curls, but "they're like halfway back."

And she had bright red hair for years.

Ariana Grande at a Make-A-Wish Foundation event in 2010
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Grande rose to fame on the Nickelodeon series Victorious and its spinoff Sam & Cat. During this time, the singer had long bright red hair. In a Facebook post in 2014, Grande said that the reason the ponytail became her signature look in the first place had to do with her real hair being damaged after having it colored so much.

"I had to bleach my hair and dye it red every other week for the first four years of playing Cat… as one would assume, that completely destroyed my hair. I now wear a wig on Sam & Cat," she wrote, according to Yahoo! "My real hair is back to brown and I wear extensions but I wear it in a pony tail because my actual hair is so broken that it looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down."

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Lia Beck
Lia Beck is a writer living in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to Best Life, she has written for Refinery29, Bustle, Hello Giggles, InStyle, and more. Read more
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