The Most Popular Hairstyles & Celebrity Hair Inspiration

From a short, cropped cut to glossy flowing locks, there are so many hairstyles to choose from.  Some people may stick with their chosen style for years, while others will change up their look regularly – but which hairstyles are most popular?

We’ve analysed Instagram hashtags* to find out which styles we’re loving, along with the celebrities who are influencing our looks the most.

 

The Most Shared Hairstyles on Instagram

With a staggering 17.8 million Instagram posts, braids top our list of the world’s most popular hairstyles. Although a tricky style to master, braids offer huge potential if you want a style that you can really make your own.

Braids the world’s most popular hairstyles

Taking second place is the undercut, which has been snapped and shared almost 2.7 million times! This 2-in-1 hairstyle is perfect for those who want the best of both worlds; long hair with an edgy, short section underneath.

The undercut hairstyle

Following closely behind the undercut is the mohawk with 2.2 million posts. This striking style appeals to both men and women who want to stand out from the crowd.

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Hairstyles post popularity in Instagram

 

Top 25 Hairstyles According to Instagram

Rank Hairstyles Number of Posts
1 Braids 17,800,573
2 Undercut 2,668,621
3 Mohawk 2,248,874
4 Pixie Cut 2,200,000
5 Bob 2,054,234
6 Fade 2,032,953
7 Big Chop 1,394,447
8 Messy Bun 1,300,000
9 Pigtails 1,200,000
10 Mullet 877,209
11 Buzz Cut 530,552
12 Space Buns 410,000
13 Plait 359,000
14 Short Bob 289,770
15 High Ponytail 219,568
16 Curtain Bangs 162,319
17 Graduated Bob 91,800
18 Asymmetrical Bob 73,946
19 French Plait 65,600
20 One Length 36,971
21 Modern Shag 33,823
22 Choppy Bob 32,936
23 Bubble Ponytail 25,500
24 Long Bangs 21,426
25 Fishtail Plait 18,200

Elsewhere in our list is the mullet, taking 10th position. Commonly associated with the 1980s, this retro style was rebooted recently by Miley Cyrus, who debuted a platinum blonde modern mullet in late 2020.

The graduated bob once made popular by Victoria Beckham comes in at 17th (91.8k posts), and the high ponytail we now associate with pop sensation Ariana Grande takes 15th place (219.5k posts).

Other trending hairstyles are also found in the top 25 include space buns (410,000) and bubble ponytails (25.5k).

 

The Most Popular Celebrities for Hairstyle Inspiration

Singer, actors, socialites; the A-list are well known for reinventing their looks. As part of our study into the most popular hairstyles, we’ve analysed global Google searches to find out which of our favourite stars’ inspire our own hairdos the most.

Below, we’ve ranked the 40 male and female celebrities whose hairstyles we’ve been Googling the most and are most likely to try for ourselves:

 

The Celebrities who Give Us Most Hair Inspiration

Rank Celebrity Average No. of Google Searches (Worldwide, 12 Months)**
1 Billie Eilish 188,400
2 Selena Gomez 175,200
3 Ariana Grande 170,400
4 Rihanna 136,200
5 Emma Watson 129,600
6 Justin Bieber 122,400
7 Taylor Swift 116,400
8 Kylie Jenner 104,400
9 Katy Perry 97,800
10 Miley Cyrus 91,200
11 Lebron James 90,000
12 Kim Kardashian West 86,400
13 David Beckham 81,600
14 Demi Lovato 73,200
15 Vin Diesel 60,000
16 Lionel Messi 58,800
17 Kendall Jenner 57,600
18 Khloe Kardashian 51,600
19 Cristiano Ronaldo 51,000
20 Beyonce 48,000
21 Dua Lipa 48,000
22 Jennifer Lopez 43,200
23 Justin Timberlake 42,000
24 Gigi Hadid 37,800
25 Zendaya 36,600
26 Shakira 28,800
27 Neymar 25,920
28 Shawn Mendes 25,200
29 Lady Gaga 24,000
30 Elton John 21,600
31 Priyanka Chopra 19,800
32 Ryan Reynolds 18,000
33 Dwayne Johnson 16,800
34 Angelina Jolie 14,400
35 Cardi B 14,400
36 Sofia Vergara 13,200
37 Nicki Minaj 13,200
38 Drake 12,000
39 Chris Brown 12,000
40 Kanye West 11,400

 

Billie Eilish’s ever-changing hairstyles have captured global attention, with an estimated 188,400 collective searches for her signature ‘dos in just 12 months. Perhaps we’re tempted to recreate one of her neon looks.

 

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Selena Gomez takes second place, with searches for her hairstyles totalling 175,200, while Ariana Grande follows closely behind in third place with 170,400 yearly searches.

 

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The Most Popular Celebrity Hairstyles

We know which celebrities provide the most hair inspiration, but which individual looks are our favourites?

Below, we’ve listed the most popular hairstyles for 26* of the above celebrities, based on the number of estimated yearly global Google searches for their specific hairstyles.

*Only celebrities with searches for specific hairstyles were included in this table. Celebrities with generic searches only (e.g. ‘Nicki Minaj hair’) were excluded.

 

The Most Searched for Hairstyles by Celebrity

Rank Celebrity Most Searched For Hairstyle Average No. of Google Searches (Worldwide, 12 Months)***
1 Emma Watson Emma Watson short hair 88,800
2 Billie Eilish Billie Eilish green hair 60,000
3 Selena Gomez Selena Gomez short hair 51,600
4 Katy Perry Katy Perry short hair 51,600
5 Rihanna Rihanna short hair 45,600
6 Demi Lovato Demi Lovato short hair 37,200
7 Kim Kardashian West Kim Kardashian short hair 36,000
8 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande hair down 34,800
9 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber long hair 32,400
10 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus short hair 32,400
11 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift short hair 26,400
12 Kylie Jenner Kylie Jenner short hair 25,200
13 David Beckham David Beckham long hair 22,800
14 Kendall Jenner Kendall Jenner short hair 20,400
15 Khloe Kardashian Khloe Kardashian short hair 14,400
16 Beyonce Beyonce short hair 14,400
17 Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake noodle hair 12,000
18 Lionel Messi Messi blonde hair 10,800
19 Zendaya Zendaya curly hair 8,400
20 Shakira Shakira curly hair 6,000
21 Gigi Hadid Gigi Hadid brown hair 4,200
22 Priyanka Chopra Priyanka Chopra short hair 4,200
23 Kanye West Kanye West blonde hair 4,200
24 Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez short hair 3,600
25 Cristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo long hair 1,800
26 Neymar Neymar white hair 720

 

Of the 26 celebrities in the table, more than half of the most popular hairstyle searches were for short hair, suggesting many of us are keen to sport a choppier style.

Interestingly, it’s the opposite story for some of the men who feature in our table. All of the long hair searches that feature in the table relate to men; Justin Bieber, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In addition, the results suggest we’re more influenced by hairstyle rather than hair colour. Just five of the most popular celebrity styles specify a hair colour in the search terms. 

There you have it; if you’re considering a new look, perhaps you’ll take some inspiration from Instagram or the A-list like so many of us around the world do. 

 

About the Data

*We analysed the number of times each hairstyle hashtag was used on Instagram and ranked the findings from high to low to reveal the most popular.

**Google search data was collected using Ahrefs and calculated to estimate the total number of searches on average across a 12 month period.

***The most popular celebrity hairstyles were selected based on the specific style queries with the greatest number of global Google searches per month. The figures were then calculated to estimate the number of searches on average across a 12 month period.

 

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