Hair hits: Looking back at Kanye West’s most memorable hair moments

Happy Birthday, Mr West!  

To celebrate Kanye West’s 40th birthday we take a look back at the artist’s greatest hair hits – and boy-oh-boy there are some good ones!

The American rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer and entrepreneur (and breathe), burst onto the music scene in 2004 and has since released 8 albums, launched his own Yeezy clothing line and has high hopes to be president in 2024.

So, it is fair to say Kanye West has had a string of opportunities to experiment with his look and has certainly showcased some fantastic ‘dos. Want to see Kanye West’s great hair hits? We’ve got them all, here.

Hair hits: Kanye West’s greatest looks


Kanye West in 2006 with shaven star pattern on the side of his head
2007 Kanye West is not so different to the Kanye we know today. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock


For any of you who have followed Kayne’s career from the beginning, you’ll remember this style with a cool star pattern shaved into the side of his head. Little did we know at this stage, that Kanye would become a huge fan of shaven styles in the years to come!

Kanye West in 2007 with buzzcut and two shaved stripes
Loving Kanye’s subtle two stripes shaved side. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock


Toning it down in 2007, but still adding a twist to his look, Kanye West adds subtle twin stripes to the side of his hair. This is a great idea if you want to keep your ‘do looking sophisticated, yet still want that sense of originality.

Kanye West in 2009 with 'frohawk
Kanye West actually wore a frohawk back in 2009. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock


Kanye with a teeny weeny afro? Yes it is true! In 2009 the rapper grew out his hair long enough to show off his natural afro curls, lightly fading the sides to create a subtle ‘frohawk.

Kanye West in 2009 at the VMA Awards with Aztec print shaved head
It was more than Kanye West’s hair that stole the show at 2009’s VMA Awards. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2009 (again)

Many may remember 2009 as the year Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the VMAs, but we still can’t overlook this fantastic aztec-inspired print he choose to cover his whole head with.

Kanye West in 2014 with arrow shaved pattern
Kanye West sure loves a patterned hair ‘do. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock


We did warn you about Kanye’s obsession with printed designs and all arrows point (pun intended) to this being one of our favourite looks for the star.

Kanye West in 2016 at the Met Gala with close shaven head
Kanye stuck to his signature shaven look for the Met Gala in 2017.
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It might be hard to look anywhere but in Kanye’s contact-lens blue eyes, but tear yourself away from the piercing gaze for just a moment and you’ll notice this staple shaven look as one of his hair hits. Keeping his ‘do fresh, Kanye has gone for a one level shaved style, with a perfectly lined-up shape.

Kanye West in 2017 with bleach blonde hair
Love love love this bleach blonde look on Kanye.
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Bringing us to 2017 is this beauty. Kanye West with blonde hair may have seemed like an impossible image, but after looking through his hair hits it’s clear to see he is not one to shy away from change – we say bravo to this bleach-blonde buzzcut. Stay tuned to see what’s next for Mr West!


If you liked this round up of Kanye West’s hair hits, then you’ll enjoy our Men’s Hairstyles and Haircuts page, which is packed full of the latest trends and styling tips from our hair experts!

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