What is Ariana Grande's natural hair like?

Ever wondered, what is Ariana Grande's natural hair like? We take a look at her iconic hair here

Ariana Grande at the Grammys
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Ariana Grande has one of the most iconic beauty looks in music today, having established her signature high ponytail long ago. Her sleek hair suggests that she has no need for the curly girl method...but have you ever wondered, what is Ariana Grande’s natural hair like?

The star has rocked numerous hairstyles throughout her life—even if none of them are as famous as her current everyday look, which is often paired with a cat eye flick of her best eyeliner. Starting out on Broadway at the age of fifteen in the musical Thirteen, Ariana was on Nickelodeon for years, playing Cat Valentine on Victorious and then Sam & Cat.

Her music career really started on YouTube, where music executives saw her singing in a variety of styles, from doo-wop to soul music, but her hair has barely changed over the past few years. So, what’s Ariana Grande’s natural hair like? Find out below. 

Ariana Grande attends Billboard Women In Music 2018 on December 6, 2018 in New York City

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What is Ariana Grande's natural hair like?

You may be surprised to find out that Ariana Grande’s natural hair is curly, primarily because she's always sporting her trademark ponytail with straight, long locks that doesn't look like it needs any curly girl method products. People were shocked when Grande showed off her curls in a now-deleted Instagram picture during the pandemic. 

Does she have a favorite styling cream or deep conditioner? We may never know, seeing as she rarely wears it curly in public, but the snap of her beautiful tousled tresses had everyone wanting to see more. 

The star has previously spoken about her natural hair, which reveals that she probably does have some knowledge of curly hair types. "My real hair, which is the humongous, curly, curly poof, is kind of, I don't know… So few people get to see it and it’s cute," she said in an interview on the Zach Sang show.

That said, there are several snaps of Grande in her early days of fame sporting her beautiful natural curls, below.

Ariana Grande with curly hair in 2008

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What else has Ariana Grande said about her hair? 

Grande started her career as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon show Victorious and Sam & Cat, where she sported dyed red hair—a classic 00s and 90s hairstyle. The fact that her hair was dyed for so long is the reason why she started wearing that signature lengthy ponytail in the first place. 

In a Facebook post in 2014, she explained of her signature style: "I had to bleach my hair and dye it red every other week for the first 4 years of playing Cat... as one would assume, that completely destroyed my hair. I now wear a wig on Sam & Cat."

She explained that her naturally dark hair was so broken that without knowing how to repair damaged hair, she felt the need to stick to the same style to hide it. "I tried wigs, they looked RIDICULOUS. Tried a weave because I am working on a new project and want to try some different looks and literally wanted to rip my scalp off.

"So as annoying as it is for y'all to have to look at the same hair style all the time, it's all that works for now (AND I'm comfortable for the first time in years)."

Although that was over seven years ago now, Ariana has kept a long ponytail her signature style pretty much ever since, although she has dabbled with blonde hair over the years, too. Who knows if she'll change things up with some cute braided hairstyles or a dramatic cut in future! As the saying goes, if it ain't broke...

Aleesha Badkar
Former Deputy Editor at My Imperfect Life

Aleesha was Deputy Editor and Beauty & Fashion Editor for My Imperfect Life, where she headed up the beauty, fashion and eCommerce pages. Previously she was Shopping Writer at woman&home and gained an AOP awards nomination after working on their news team. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 and has since worked with a number of brands including, Women's Health, Stylist and Goodto. When she’s not testing all the new beauty & lifestyle products on the market, Aleesha spends her time soaking up the newest bestsellers and Netflix releases, watching everything Marvel, learning about different wines, attempting new languages and traveling as much as she can.