Photo Essay
Madonna Hair Lexicon
Photo Essay
Madonna Hair Lexicon

1966

Little Nonni, Madonna Louise Ciccone

1977

Baby-faced Madonna at 18. Just after she moved to NYC, where she studied dance and worked as a model.

1978

After a year in New York she grew out her cool cropped cut into this wavy 'do. She also worked at Dunkin Donuts.

1982

Punky Madonna shot by Laura Levine for Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine

1984

A perm and bridalwear chic for her performance of Like A Virgin at the MTV VMA's

1985

Straight hair swept back in a big scrunchie. Wearing a corset top by Jean Paul Gaultier - with a slight cone-shaped bra and accessorised with rosary beads and gloves, of course.

1986

The year Papa Don't Preach was released - one of her many controversial videos. The cropped hair and the looks in this video are too good to ignore!

1987

Madonna rocking her cute bleached blow wave, accompanied by big brows and red lips on the set of Who's That Girl.

1988

Out with the blonde and in with the brunette. The queen chameleon, in Harpers Bazaar.

1989

Madonna's brunette perm for the 'Like A Prayer' video

1990

Madonna as Marie Antionette for one of her most iconic performances of Vogue, at the MTV Music Awards. Photo by Herb Ritts

1991

Hollywood glamour; Madonna's Marilyn Munroe moment at the Oscars

1992

J'adore the ringlets. Madonna at Jean Paul Gaultier AIDS Benefit gala show in LA #NSFW

1993

Cool couple; Tupac and Madonna dated from 1993 to 1994. Love Mads' slicked brunette hair

1993

Madonna performing in Australia for The Girlie Show tour

1995

La belle de jour volume for the MTV VMA

1998

Furious Seasons in Rolling Stone by David LaChapelle

Now we begin the Ray of Light Era

1999

Sleek straight hair for her performance of 'Nothing Really Matters' at the Grammys wearing custom Gaultier.

She took home 4 awards for her album Ray of Light; Best Pop Album, Best Dance Recording, Best Short Form Music Video & Best Recording Package

2000

Everyone has a cowboy moment (hello 2021 cowboy boots). Madonna's was in the blessed year 2000, the year she released her album 'Music' which included the song 'Don't Tell Me', enjoy.

2005

A strawberry blonde blowout in Hung Up

2006

Straight hair, side fringe and feathery ends, so mid 2000s!

2007

Voluminous waves and Chanel for a special screening of Arthur and the Invisibles, with Madonna as Princess Selenia

2008

Pretty in pink and more demure than her usual. Photographed at the Cannes Film Festival

2012

Lol the queen didn't know who Madonna was, awkward

2013

At the Costume Institute Gala for the Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition, Madonna wearing Givenchy Haute Couture and a black bob wig to complete her designer punk look.

2014

Making eye patches a thing. Madonna for Interview Magazine

2016

Dressed as an 18th century French prince (in Prada) for her tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards

2018

Big yes to this goth Gaultier look, and the chic braids. Madonna at the Met Gala themed Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

2019

A 1920s vibe with finger waves and thin brows; Madonna is Madame X

2021

Another year, another look 💜