Mane moments: Lorde’s hair journey from natural curls to killer red carpet styles

Photo evidence that Lorde can pull off pretty much every hairstyle ever.  

Ever since Lorde (real name Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor) first caught the world’s attention with her signature head of gorgeous curls, she has consistently kept us guessing what her next hairstyle choice will be.

The Melodrama singer has channelled androgynous vibes with slicked back styles, wowed us all with an impressive array of braids, and even taken the plunge by trying shorter hair. She’s provided us with more hair inspo than we could ever dream of and for that, we love her.

So, to see which of her looks we’re most enamoured with, click through the gallery above or just keep on reading.

9 of Lorde’s most memorable hair moments


new zealand singer lorde with long curly brunette hair
Throwback to baby Lorde! Credit:

1. Signature curls

When Lorde first burst onto the scene, before we’d even heard the sound of her voice, we instantly fell in love with her ethereal curls.

Usually spotted wearing her enviable head of hair swept over to one side, giving her a voluminous, windswept effect, we have one question: HOW is it fair that her natural hair looks this good?! Credit: @lordemusic

Editor’s tip: If, like Lorde, you’re blessed with naturally curly hair but you struggle with frizz and definition, get yourself some of the VO5 Curl Defining Mousse ASAP. Scrunch through damp ends after washing, and it will help to separate and hold your curls to give them a more polished, coiled result.

singer lorde with her hair in a milkmaid braid updo
Pulling off milkmaid braids with style. Credit:

2. Milkmaid braid

We’ll never be royals… but this regal style says otherwise! Trading in her cascading curls for an intricate milkmaid braid for her Tennis Court music video, this look was an instant hit and is still one of her most memorable looks to date.

For a simpler take on the halo braid, find out how you can emulate this surprisingly easy style for your next night out with our step-by-step guide, now. Credit: @lordemusic

singer lorde at the billboard awards 2014 with wet look slick back hair
Channelling the wet look hair trend. Credit:

3. Slick back hair

From J-Lo to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, we all know that celebs love a slicked-back hair look. And Ella proved that she can hang with the best of them when she posted the above snap of her rocking this showstopping style.

With her raven locks flowing down her back and sporting a deep berry lip, this look oozed glamour, while staying true to her gothic vibes. Credit: @lordemusic

singer lorde with her dark brunette hair straightened
Ditching the curls for a sleeker, straightened look. Credit:

4. Straight & sleek

Lorde caused shockwaves when she attended the MTV Video Music Awards with her dark hair straightened to perfection.

While it was her curls that first made us fall in love, this is a reminder that trying a new style can completely transform your look without you having to do anything permanent. Credit: @lordemusic

singer lorde at the golden globes 2015 with a side parted low ponytail hairstyle
Red carpet style on fleek. Credit:

5. Side parted pony

Opting for an androgynous look for the Golden Globes, Lorde paired a tailored pant suit with a pristine, side-parted ponytail with a comb over detail. Don’t let anyone tell you ponytails can’t be glam! Credit: @lordemusic

Editor’s tip: If you’re wondering how you can transform your regular everyday ponytail into something more special, the secret lies in hair serum.

Apply a few drops of the TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops to your mane before using a comb to divide your hair into a deep side parting. Pull your lengths into a low pony at the nape of your neck et voila!

singer lorde with medium length hair in a half up half down look
Bye bye long locks! Credit:

6. Shoulder-length cut

Who else remembers the shock when Lorde revealed she had chopped her mermaid lengths into a medium, shoulder-length cut at the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund Awards?

Jumping on the short hair bandwagon, this look seems set to stay, as she’s kept her hair this length ever since. Credit: @lordemusic

selfie of singer lorde with her hair in half up double french braids
Making the most of those incredible cheekbones with a half-up braided style. Credit:

7. Half French braids

What could be better than a classic French braid? Er, half-up double French braids, obviously.

Lorde shared this unreal selfie on Instagram rocking her short hair in 2 half-up, half-down French braids, with her curls left to do their thing underneath for a soft, tousled finish. Credit: @lordemusic

Editor’s tip: Do you use sea salt spray when doing braids? If not, you should try it!

The TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray is perfect for adding texture and grittiness to the hair, which gives your strands something to hold onto as you braid, providing a natural hold.

singer lorde on stage in a sheer floral dress with her dark hair in boxer braids
The braids obsession continues. Credit:

8. Boxer braids

Thought boxer braids were just for the gym? Joining the likes of Katy Perry and Karlie Kloss with these edgy double braids, Lorde’s on-stage style confirms boxer braids are the ultimate day-to-night style. Credit: @lordemusic

singer lorde backstage in a robe with her hair in cute space buns
Extraterrestrial chic. Credit:

9. Space buns

Lorde often calls herself an alien and what better way to channel those E.T. vibes than donning space buns?!

Rocking these cute-as-a-button double buns backstage, this gives a whole new dimension to the go-to messy bun and is giving us all the lazy sunday hair feels. Credit: @lordemusic


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