The Weeknd is the ultimate hair chameleon. From cornrows to locs, the singer’s hairstyles are as versatile as his discography. Without further adieu, we’re breaking down his complete hair evolution—from 2012 to now.
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At Coachella in 2012, Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) rocked a full beard with a square trimmed hairline. At the start of his career, the singer kept his hair short.
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By that summer, The Weeknd found his hair groove. He appeared on-stage at Lollapalooza sporting locs.
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The singer let his hair grow longer over the winter and debuted tied up locs when he performed at the Ultra Music Festival in 2013.
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The singer walked the red carpet of the MTV Music Video Awards wearing what become his signature look: locs and a goatee.
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He kept his tied up hairstyle in tact, but opted for fuller facial hair at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014.
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The Weeknd changed his hairstyle in 2014 with a half-up style, featuring longer locs hanging down in the back with the top section in a ponytail.
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In 2014, the rapper debuted his choppiest and longest look yet, with locs hanging out from the side.
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The singer added more height to his hair in November 2014 when he attended the American Music Award with a slightly modified style.
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While attending the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards in Toronto, the singer wore his usual look. The biggest difference here? Tightly trimmed sides.
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The Weeknd’s top locs stood less straight here, almost creating a side bang look that we truly couldn’t get enough of.
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The singer styled his tied up pieces so that they jutted out in all different directions at New York Fashion Week in 2015.
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At the 88th Annual Academy Awards, he sported a hairstyle that was shorter, tighter, and precisely trimmed.
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A slightly modified style with more defined locs was The Weeknd’s look of choice while accompanying his model girlfriend, Bella Hadid, to the 2016 Met Gala.
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In the summer of 2016, the rapper twisted his locs on top of his head for a new look we hadn’t seen before.
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The Weeknd reinvented himself for his Starboy era. He ditched the locs he’d been wearing for years and embraced a short fro.
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The Weeknd chopped off even more hair a month later. He debuted his short and trimmed haircut at the WSJ Magazine Innovator Awards.
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The Weeknd added some volume to his new style, trimming the back of his hair shorter than the front. The result? A pompadour fade.
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The following summer, it appeared like the singer was letting his hair grow long again. He showed off an high and tight look at a private performance.
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The singer trimmed the back of his hair, leaving only the front with some height, a couple months later.
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We’re starting to get flashbacks of The Weeknd’s old look. He styled the front of his hair with curls that twisted upwards in late 2017.
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A month later, his hair definitely had more definition. Could this be the beginning of the locs era part II?
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Is he growing his hair out? Has he chopped it off? It all remained a mystery during what we’ll refer to as The Weeknd’s hat phase.
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Performing on stage at Coachella in 2018, The Weeknd appeared to have a trimmed his hairline significantly.
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We can’t gamble a guess as to what’s under that baseball cap, but his haircut looks super trimmed to us.
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When The Weeknd reunited with ex-girlfriend Bella Hadid, he was photographed rocking a very full beard along with his typical high and tight hairstyle.
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While celebrating his birthday in February 2019, The Weeknd showed off cornrows on the red carpet at Tao Downtown in New York City.
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The most jarring thing about The Weeknd’s September 2019 look? The mustache that replaced his signature trimmed beard. The short fro was brand new as well.
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The Weeknd made another red carpet appearance with a fro later that year. This time, it was a little bit longer and his square hairline was slightly more defined.
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After months of lockdown, we have no way of knowing what happened to The Weeknd’s fro. By August 2020, he was spotted in New York City with cornrows under his baseball cap.
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A few weeks later, the rapper attended the MTV Video Music Awards with his afro once again. He also sported bloody face makeup to promote his new album, After Hours.
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