Cardi B Is the Ultimate Hair Chameleon—and These 17 Styles Prove It

Cardi B Is the Ultimate Hair Chameleon—and These 17 Styles Prove It

Close up of Cardi B with micro bangs and a chic mullet

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It’s not just Cardi B’s chart-toppers (or hilarious social media moments) that keep us wanting more—her beauty looks are equally enthralling. After all, she’s made as many headlines for her signature style as for her music.

Though the rapper continues to mix it up, her best hair looks all have one thing in common: They slay. With no bounds to her versatility, she’s sported everything from classic updos and daring colors to over-the-top headpieces. See for yourself by checking out Cardi B’s best hair looks over the years.

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Shades of Gray

Cardi B with a gray updo and black headband at the Met Gala 2023

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What was black and white and high fashion all over? Many of the outfits that celebs wore to pay homage to Karl Lagerfeld at the 2023 Met Gala, celebrating the “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty” exhibit. Cardi B sported the legendary designer’s signature color palette and iconic black tie—but the ’60s-esque bouffant hair in a striking shade of gray (topped with a patent black headband) is all her.

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Tickled Pink

Cardi B with dip-dyed pink hair

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Barbie who? Cardi wore dip-dyed pink hair, complemented by a pastel seafoam green top, to the Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash, proving she’s always ready to party.

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Red Hot

Cardi B with pin curls and a red scarf over her face

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Could she be any more glamorous? As if the flawlessly sculpted pin curls weren’t enough, Cardi completed her look with a sheer red scarf over her face, bringing on the mystery and magic.

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She Bangs

Cardi B with wispy micro bangs

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Fringe can transform any look, but Cardi B let her bangs do the talking with this sleek hairstyle. That perfect swoop sets the tone for the rest of her glam.

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Pearl Jam

Cardi B with a dramatic updo hairstyle, covered in pears

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Pearls can sometimes be a little fuddy-duddy, but Cardi B makes them anything but with this over-the-top beehive encased in pearls. One of her best hair looks, this ‘do even adds oomph to the strands around her neck.

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Rainbow Bright

Cardi B with rainbow striped hair

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Cardi has never been one to shy away from color, including the hue—or should we say hues—of her hair. Here, her strands are a rainbow of bright, beautiful shades.

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Blonde Ambition

Cardi B with Old Hollywood-esque sculpted platinum hair

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Platinum blonde hair makes a statement all by itself—just ask the many icons who have made it their signature shade, from Marilyn Monroe to Gwen Stefani. But here, Cardi ups the ante by styling her platinum strands into glam waves and swoops.

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Up And Away

Cardi B with a wispy updo with fringe

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Another Met Gala head-turner, you can find many of Cardi B’s best hair looks at the year’s most anticipated red carpet. While updos are nothing new for the occasion, she elevated hers through the details: wispy bangs, soft tendrils, and heavenly height.

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Middle Ground

Cardi B with center-parted hair with flowing tendrils

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A solid argument for the Gen Z-favored center part, this look might finally convince Millennials to switch sides. You can thank the lovely length and supermodel waves for helping to make the case.

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Purple Reign

Cardi B with a bouffant and a purple headband, looking over her pink sunglasses

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Leave it to Cardi B to take a headband to new heights. Going matchy-matchy with her sartorial choices makes this over-the-top hair look even more fun.

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Cream of the Crop

Cardi B with a cropped pixie-cut hairstyle

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Proving that no hair length is off limits for her, Cardi B goes sleek and sophisticated with a pixie cut. Piecey bangs make the look her own.

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Crowning Achievement

Cardi B wearing a halo crown, her hair in big dramatic waves

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A crown fit for the queen she is, Cardi B doesn't just let her magnificent headpiece do all the talking—she plays up the proportions with big, bouncy waves. She wore this look to the Met Gala in 2018 for the "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination" exhibit.

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Pink Swan

Cardi B with a sleek bun hairstyle, jewels down the center of her part

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Cardi B had not one, not two, but three looks for the 2023 Met Gala. To go with all that ballerina-esque pink tulle, she opted for a classic ballerina bun, dressing up the style with hair jewelry down the center of her part.

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The White Stripes

Cardi B with chunky highlights in her hair

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Bringing back chunky block highlights, it’s no surprise that Cardi B opts for a hair color that’s anything but subtle. The long layers in her hair are the perfect match for the hue.

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Shady Lady

Cardi B with a gradient hairstyle

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Taking the ombré look to the max, Cardi B makes each color of this gradient style pop more than the last.

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Bombshell Betty

Cardi B with blonde bombshell waves

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Is there an archetype Cardi B can't master? This blonde bombshell style is one of her best throwbacks yet.

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Mellow Yellow

Cardi B with sleek black hair with green accents

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Cardi B captioned this Instagram post "I'm perfect," and honestly, we can't disagree. Neon-hued hair has never looked better.

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