Taylor Swift debuts her new/old curly hair during a NYC stroll: cute or awful?


Here are some photos of Taylor Swift out and about in NYC on Monday. She was in the Hamptons this weekend to party with Karlie Kloss for Karlie’s birthday, and then I guess Taylor returned to her NYC rental. Remember, her giant penthouse is being renovated, and I don’t think the work done yet, so Taylor’s New York homebase is a luxury rental (with questionable art and décor).

So, no surprise, Tay-Tay got pap’d leaving the gym on Monday. The surprise was that Taylor wanted to be photographed. We can tell because she didn’t crab-walk or walk like a robot with her back to the cameras. She wanted us to see her new hair. Well, it’s not really new. This hair is merely an adaptation of two previous Swifty hairstyles. Back in the days of Swifty yore, she used to make a big deal about how her hair was naturally curly. She was The Girl With the Curls. And she used to wear her hair a lot longer too. But as she got more sophisticated (??), her hair got shorter and straighter and bangsier. For a while, it seemed like she was morphing into Anna Wintour. But as you can see, the curls are now back!!

I’m enjoying all of the descriptors going around for Taylor’s new old hair. Pacific Coast News called it “ramen noodle curls.” MTV called it her Trademark 2009 Hair. Elite Daily called it her Lazy Girl Hair. And Hollywood Life is making a big deal about how Taylor went back to her “natural blonde” hair for Tom Hiddleston. Is it possible we’re making too big of a deal about Swifty’s hair? NEVER! Personally, I wonder if her hair is extra curly and frizzy in high humidity and after a sweaty workout. I’m just saying, it’s possible that Taylor didn’t plan for her hair to be MAJOR news, it could just be that she had a sweaty workout on a humid New York day. What am I saying? Taylor Swift plans everything. She’s in yr brainz, making yr hairz curly.




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  1. Danielle says:

    I like curly hair, but this is awful. I’m pretty sure it’s on purpose cause she has the same style when she’s singing onstage with Nelly at that birthday party.

    • Grace says:

      Comparing to the photo from the last thread: bleached blond Anna Wintour mushroom mop flat at the top paired with blue glasses and bright pink lips… This is an improvement, at least.

    • Nicole says:

      Her hair looks terrible. It did at the Kloss party too so it’s not just the humidity. Between this and the bleach bob she needs a new stylist or someone to tell her no.

      • Secret squirrel says:

        So what colour/style do you think would suit her?

      • Paris says:

        I think that she damaged her hair after bleaching. Badly damaged.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        It actually looks a few shades darker to me now than it did just last week. It was white/yellow last week. Now it looks more ashy and IMO better. I don’t like the Playboy Bunny white/yellow…too harsh and almost never flatters the skin tone.

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      I had a cocker spaniel named Speckles once. Taylor’s hair is giving me Speckles vibes.

    • LoveIsBlynd says:

      The hair looks great- I’m liking the whole 90s vibe.

  2. kittenhotel says:

    All I see are impants.

    • pikawho? says:

      She really should have gone smaller or done one of those gradual stem cell augmentations that look natural (since its your own fat and hangs just like a natural breast)

    • Matchday says:

      Top and bottom. Went for the 2 for 1 discount special.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Her butt? I was wondering….i see more roundness there than I remember. Guess that rapper’s “Buy A Girl A Butt Fund” must have really pushed her buttons.

  3. boredblond says:

    I have straight blond hair, and when it was shorter it got all crimped..a lot like this.. if i slept with it wet..just awful..for someone who can afford the best, this doesn’t look like a very good cut to me

  4. Jegede says:

    Her hair is naturally curly, so I actually don’t think she had to do much to make it look like that.

    Sweat or humidity alone could do it.

    • Erinn says:

      That’s what I’m thinking. And I don’t hate it. It would look a lot better in a darker shade of blonde though.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      It’s the bangs that are the problem. I love bangs, but hey don’t really look good curly. If her hair was longer and without bangs this would look much better.

      • Esmom says:

        Yeah, I have curly-isn hair and once had a stylist tell me if I decided to do bangs I would have to commit to straightening them because they would be awful curly. Although I don’t know about the straight bangs/curly rest of hair look either. Basically it scared me from ever getting bangs, lol.

        Agreed that if Taylor’s hair was longer and without bangs would be a big improvement.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I have similar hair / hairstyle to hers (though mine is dark brown and bangs-less) and yeah, in the summer it takes pretty much nothing other than humidity or sweat to bring out the curls. I’m thinking she just finished a workout and didn’t bother to straighten her hair, it’s not a “new” style per se.

      Of course, I dislike the bangs intensely, lol.

      • laura says:

        My hair is like this and when it’s that length it SUCKS. it’s never a good look. A little shorter, fine. A little longer, fine. Just not that length!

    • Samtha says:

      Yep. I think it looks better curly, too–just maybe a little longer.

      Constant straightening will kill your hair. She might be trying to ease some of the damage from keeping it straight the last few years.

    • Wren says:

      That’s probably just what it looks like without product and styling. Mine looks like that too when it’s humid/sweaty. I think she looks fine. I’m not loving the bangs but whatever. Why are people bagging on her for her natural hair texture?

    • Dani says:

      Yep. I have boinky spiral curls AND do the keratin treatment and this nyc heat and humidity still manages to bring out the frizzies and the curlies.

  5. Lora says:

    Urgh, she has the worst hairstyles! Its killing me

  6. lilacflowers says:

    She has bad hair. She always has bad hair. She will always have bad hair.

    • is it the fact that her hair is curly or wavey….that makes it bad…????

      sidenote I love reading these comments by commentators with (presumably) non-curly or ethnic hair

      • teacakes says:

        Psssst ….. her hair is bad because it’s BLEACH BLOND and looks more fried than the contents of an entire KFC franchise.

        My ‘ethnic hair’ has nothing in common with that yellow mop, thank you very much. Defend it if you want but please don’t frame it as a defence of non-white/ethnic women and their hair.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Teacakes, thank you.

        @bluegeisha, her hair is bad because it is fried and over processed. And it is always over processed. She also has issues with it being bulkier on one side and a long face that won’t suit many different styles. None of that has anything to do with ethnicity.

  7. ell says:

    i really like it, but i seem to be alone lol, it looks a bit like an 80s haircut. i have to say i much prefer taylor’s current style, she’s a bit grungier.

  8. detritus says:

    Hi think her hair is cut to be styled straight, so when her natural texture, curls, come through it doesn’t look right.
    Right? This is just post gym hair, not on purpose? It shouldn’t be on purpose.

    • Erinn says:

      I think so too – if she’s going to keep it curly more she probably is going to need to update the cut so that it works better for straight and curly hair. It’s not the WORST, but it isn’t polished looking at all. And I mean, it could be super humid wherever these photos were taken, which wouldn’t help.

      • detritus says:

        Like no judgement here, I couldn’t keep up with straightening my hair every time I had to appear in public. And leaving a workout I definitely do not look that cute. I just thought she had a relaxing or straightening treatment, because otherwise… damn girl. That’s a lot of work to fight nature.

    • Nicole says:

      It’s on purpose she had her hair like this at Karlies party as well

    • Wren says:

      Yeah, there’s something a little off with the cut but I think you’re right. It’s like those magazine make overs that are like “we took this lady and gave her an awesome haircut!” and all I can think is “and totally changed her hair texture to do it and it’ll never look right unless she spends an extra 30 minutes on it each morning”. But I suppose with professional hair stylists on staff it wouldn’t be so bad.

  9. Nancy says:

    Poor Taylor….ramen noodles! This just isn’t her year. Throughout life, we all get a few…or more of them. But on the bright side, she just may put out a killer album with all the material she has. TBH, the curls aren’t as bad as the bleached out blonde. At least the curls are natural.

    • detritus says:

      “I’m a great wingman — men find me very approachable because my eyes are large and my hair is like beautiful spaghetti.”

  10. tracking says:

    If her bangs were pinned to the side, would look very cute.

  11. shelly says:

    I think its bloody awful, and I am coming from a position of having similar bad hair.
    It needs to be cut short and edgy or grown a bit, like my own natural curls, which looked great when I was a kid and before I started messing about and colouring it but looks crap now.

    Mid length can be the worst of all worlds when you have frizzy hair.

    Get thee to a stylist Taylor Swift.

    Having gone back for a second look, I think it is actually worse than mine..Thats really saying something.

    • Esmom says:

      I feel your pain, and I know exactly what you mean about mid-length being the worst. It took me a few mid-length cuts to finally realize I should never go shorter than shoulder length unless I get a pixie. And that won’t happen since that cut has its own issues, namely growing out.

      • shelly says:

        I’ve also got a double crown so it looks like I’ve got permanent bed head…I tend to wear it up in a French pleat and hope the weather stays dry.

      • Maire3 says:

        Esmom. Yes, not to mention short pixie hair in general puts you in the hair chair more often. No slacking on trims the way we can with longer hair. Then there’s the “gender tax”. It used to anger me how my cut was 2-3x more expensive than boyfriends – even though it was basically the same.

        I have to go shoulder length. And layers to avoid the dreaded triangle poof.

  12. AlleyCat says:

    She’s been seen our wearing her hair just like this, so it’s definitely on purpose. I can’t believe people think Taylor would be seen out in public without everything exactly how she wants it! This is the girl that used to wear heels from the gym.

    The color is what is hurting my eyes the most. It’s a hideous fake color and washes her out. She’s so rich, no excuses for this!

  13. Wren33 says:

    I mean, that is basically what my hair is like. It would be great if we didn’t slam someone for not having hair straightened and styled and perfectly dyed. But I agree with frizzy curls you can’t have the same style that works for straight hair, and longer would be better if she is going natural.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      If her hair were perfectly styled just coming from the gym (supposedly), she would get slammed for that. I’d probably be the one slamming. She’s just unlikable and people will keep finding reasons to dislike her and knit pick everything she says and does. She’s overexposed. I sincerely believe it would be in her best career interest to lay low for a year and come back with an amazing new album. But, at this point, she’s addicted to the spotlight and the sycophants.

  14. Nina says:

    god knows how fun it is making fun of tay tay but it’s 2016 and curls, waves are more than welcome – cos saying naturally curly hair looks ‘lazy’ sounds pretty awful; as opposed to forever 90’s flat ironed hair a la paltrow or aniston? leave the girl’s natural curls alone, it’s the only thing genuine and relatable about her

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    • nica says:

      I agree, Wren! There’s so much of the generic real housewives of bravo style around it’s nice to see something like this on a celebrity instead. That’s not a dig at straight hair – just a comment that curly/wavy or less ‘polished’ heads can also look good.

    • Maire3 says:

      Agree. But I WILL make fun of how much time she spent in front of the mirror, adjusting her top to make that “casual, slouchy, flash-dance” shoulder happen, before she walked out with her no fuss hair.

      • Nina says:

        hahahahah and i totally luv this shoulder thing, i’m so gonna cut out a tee like that! those adorbs curls and top alone almost make me forget how annoying her public persona usually is

    • ernie says:

      No kidding. The horrors of a woman going out in public with a natural hair texture! Yet I saw a woman on tv yesterday with really flat ironed hair, and I was struck by how outdated it looked.

      • Nina says:

        i’m so over this flat ironed look… i used to do it so often when i was a teenager and now matter how well u do it, it ends up ruining your hair plus i now feel so good about embracing my natural waves/curls

  15. Ana says:

    Does anyone here know why she always wears those awful ‘bangs’? I don’t understand what the complex with her forehead is? I thought she was covering a scar or something like that, but her forehead looks nice. She looks well without them, so I really don’t understand…

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      I don’t know that she’s ever said, but I always assumed it was because her right eyebrow is naturally much higher on her face than her left.

    • Wren says:

      Some people just like bangs. I had them for years before finally growing them out. I think with Taylor they’re part of her Twee Princess image. Bangs tend to be considered youthful and her image is all about youthfulness.

    • Agness says:

      I think she is hiding wrinkles on her forehead or something they are quite noticeable from the pictures I saw.

  16. Betti says:

    Oh Taylor sweetie u need to sack ur hairdresser. This look like they tonged u’r hair drunk or high. Why does she keep getting her style so wrong. With her figure and height she could wear some amazing clothes.

  17. Miss V says:

    Her hair is okay, it’s been so much worse. That doesn’t bother me… It’s her permanent smug face that bothers me. I just can’t with that face.

  18. grabbyhands says:

    I think it is reasonable to assume that the return to the curly hair is yet another distraction in her orchestrated PR comeback.

    Hey, remember when I was just an innocent country singer, y’all? Doesn’t this outfit make me look all soft and demure? I really hope you like me! I’m so cute and goofy! :::giggle::: Edit=there is another set of pictures where she’s in some overalls/shorts tank top combo

    It’s only weird that this is supposed to fool people.

  19. popup says:

    She and Hiddles have the same exact natural locks. They are going to make glorious golden-ramen-noodle-haired moppets.

  20. Sue says:

    Well, I´m also the minority here but I like this style on her:
    Less make up, dark eyeliners, less red lipstick or different shade. Only the blonde color is not matching her skin type.
    But I agree, she looks like a girl,not a woman like this.
    What was the trigger for this change anyway – from vamp woman to teen girl 😉

  21. pikawho? says:

    Maybe some new tea is about to be spilled about her and the hair is an attempt to garner sympathy?

  22. CornyBlue says:

    I am a poor grad student and my hair looks better than that …..

  23. Beau Kitty says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with her hair. It just looks like she got out of the shower, was sweaty or make has a Jheri curl.

  24. mkyarwood says:

    Does her story appear next to Trump’s on purpose? ‘Cos they are sporting the same shade in my feed.

  25. Adrien says:

    She keeps stealing Jon Heder’s Blades of Glory look.

  26. Fiorella says:

    The colour is perfect. The curl is fine. It’s not my dream cut or anything but she pulls it off. i was wondering if she had chemical straightening, maybe not though . Curls look natural

  27. Miss M says:

    I am not interested in Taytay’s photos unless her bodyguards are in full display.

    Ps: I like her natural curls!

  28. TeamAwesome says:

    I think she should go shorter like Princess Charlene. A pixie with longer on top so she can work with the curl. It would look much more sophisticated than this mess.

  29. Joni says:

    I love curly hair but this is NOT cute.

  30. UESider says:

    My guess is that she’s damaged her hair badly over the last few years and now she has to leave it alone and try to avoid hot styling tools…

  31. QQ says:

    She really is to Hair what Jennifer Garner is to a Pretty shoe, Huh?? is like no matter where/what/how She WILL locate her worst possible hair look and Go with that

    • teacakes says:

      yeah, that takes some talent considering her original curly texture/style was actually really pretty.

      The problem with her is, she has no sense of style. She WANTS to, really badly, and she certainly has access to all the things you can buy and wear and look at to convince people you do – but whatever inner confidence or certainty of self animates the most stylish people we know, she’s just lacking it and ends up looking like she’s trying on a grunge/hipster/’edgy’ costume rather than just wearing her own clothes.

      (ironically, she used to look far more comfortable in her own skin in her Curly Country Princess days – the pop star persona, and the image/wardrobe shift that came with it, seem to be things she never quite got to grips with)

  32. Thaisajs says:

    As a curly girl, I sympathize. It’s summer and its humid and it’s hard to keep your hair straight. I think the problem with this is the cut (i.e., the bangs). Not the curls.

  33. Ramblingirl says:

    She’s fried her hair with over processing. That’ what happens.
    I have curly/frizzy hair and summer is just something to be endured. And no to bangs. Never bangs.

  34. Allcurlzhere says:

    So i have curly, and i mean ridiculously curly hair. (think carrie in sex in the city) I’m 30 and hand to heart, it took me 30 years to figure out how to do it.
    Wanna know why? Most hairstylists are given minimal education on curls. Ask anyone with curls if they’ve ever been given advice to do a hairstyle that would look horrible on curly hair, been told their hair would look so pretty straight, told their curls look messy or dirty or unkempt… You’d be shocked. Many curly girls have sob stories related to bad haircuts, mean girls, an abusive relationship with the straightener etc. Hate to break it to you, but generally curly haired people experience some kind of discrimination because of their hair or at minimal, have felt pressured to change their hair to be more accepted (heartbreakingly, the number of mothers involved in that pressure is far too high). If you’re still in doubt, ask yourself when the last time another celebrity’s hair was compared to pasta. Ramen noodle hair? Seriously, how the f is that ok? If it is ok, i better see some liguini and spaghetti strand descriptions stat.
    I’ll drop some curly hair knowledge on you– the individual strands of hair clump together in sections 30 to 60 strands in thickness, and their bounce level (how much the hair snaps back if pulled straight) varies from person to person. Collectively those two factors are called the curl pattern. A true curly girl regimen revolves around preserving the curl pattern– pulling a brush through curls, (most curly girls fingercomb their hair in the shower) washing with sulfate laden shampoos and conditioners, blowdrying without a diffuser and using a straightener will all destroy curl pattern for awhile– at least a month of following a curl positive hair routine will improve and crystallize the curl pattern.
    So Swift is obviously guilty of intentionally destroying her curl pattern in favor of her anna wintour-esque bob, and you know, that was her choice. And while I wouldn’t put it above her to choose a past hairstyle to invoke sympathy, the fact is we dont know what her motivation is. Maybe she got sick of straightening every single day. Maybe the damage from heat styling and dying is doing a number on hair and she needs to go back to something more natural. We dont know. She isnt spilling to allure about the reasons, she just took a pap walk.
    But since she is in transition– give the hair a break. Anyone else tried to grow out bangs? Its a bitch. If shes going back to curly for good, she’s re-establishing the curl pattern and the hair takes a bit to relearn its roots. Its not fun.

    • DelilahJones says:

      This was actually a pleasure to read and so relatable.

    • GreenTurtle says:

      Thanks, Allcurlzhere. As a thick-haired curly girl who was informed in high school that I had “dog hair”, I appreciate that someone else gets it. It’s ridiculous to say that someone is lazy or unpolished about their hair just because they don’t feel like spending an hour with the blow dryer and curling iron.

    • shelly says:

      I am a regular lurker on a site called British Curlies, which is a great source of advice for those of us with curls.

      As I said on an earlier post, I used to love my curls but years of messing with my hair have left it damaged. I hate the style of her hair and am not mad about the colour either, curly hair and a fringe is not a good look imo, having tried that particular look myself and being told I resembled King Charles the first.

      I never thought I’d have anything in common with Taylor Swift, but at least she knows what its like to have unruly hair.

  35. Christin says:

    I was fortunate to find a very dedicated, younger (which means she’ll hopefully be in the business for some time), naturally curly haired stylist who gets it! As soon as I grow out my summer cut a bit more, I’m going to try the going every day curly to get my natural wave pattern to reset.

    My mother had straight hair and could never understand why some of us naturally wavy/curly gals forced our hair into the (forced) stick-straight trend. I lived through the 1980s-early 1990s constant perm trend, which fried our hair, and all of the heat styling is just about as damaging.

  36. yaya13 says:

    she is SUCH an average looking girl. I just can’t get the hype. I’m confused as to how she ever bagged Jake Gyllenhall tbh

  37. KatM says:

    I honestly am not trying to be awful by saying this…she does not have the facial features to pull off short, curly hair. If I were her, I would take that immense bank account and acquire a serious stylist and someone to help her with her hair. I am not a big proponent of extensions, but for her, I think they would help. I love, love, love short hair, but it does not look very good on her because of her features. She does not have to look like Barbie, I just think this current look is unflattering to her face. Here is a serious question/thought: She might look really nice with a light BROWN, straight, blunt, longer length bob. I actually think it might be a nice change. Just a thought though.

  38. ygsf says:

    I had that perm in the 80’s

  39. Bgr says:

    She has the same hair type as me so I guarantee you that there’s NO WAY that style is accidental. That was styled. And I have receipts too: at that length hair that fine would be a frizz ball inches high! It would never be that flat and controlled with all those defined WAVES, NOT CURLS. THOSE ARE WAVES. THAT IS WAVY HAIR. And her natural hair is curly. It’s not in these photos.

    • liriel says:

      Exactly! I hate that everyone but you is referring to her hair as frizzy curls. To me it’s controlled, they should have seen my curly/wavy hair after a work out! To be honest, sometimes this kind of hairstyle doesn’t photograph well. Usually I like my curly hair but in pictures it looks just messy and blah while in real life it still is a bedroom hair but people find it cute.

  40. kri says:

    Oy. This got me. That is why I wear my hair longer-it pulls some of that out, so it’s wavy, unless I straighten it, which I can’t be bothered with. The color is better than the muddy brown, but I gotta say-I liked the platinum on her best.

  41. Zuzus Girl says:

    I like her hair curly. Isn’t that her natural state?

  42. Matchday says:

    Those curls are one of the very few not-fake things about this girl. She is basically 78% lies, silicone, staged relationship, make-up and PR manufactured persona. The curls could be her attempt to be “realer.”

  43. cindyp says:

    I am so sick of her, could care less about her hair.

  44. Roller74 says:

    An earlier comment mentioned damage to Tay-Tays hair after she bleached it, and I think the comment is right on. I know, because I too have curly hair, and after an over aggressive attempt to dye my hair a purplish pastel colour, the damage was such, that when I air dried my hair, it would curl up tight and get frizzy. I have curly hair, but these curls were tight and the hair looked damaged, a bit like T. Swifts hair in these photos. It took a few months before the pliability of my hair came back, and the curling up side effect went away (almost). Post shower, air styled, my hair looked very similar to Swiftys, in these pictures.

  45. Amanda DG says:

    For all the money she has, girlfriend has always had bad hair styles.

  46. wat says:

    Looks like a cocker spaniel.

  47. april says:

    With the sunglasses on, she looks just like Meg Ryan!

  48. Abby says:

    Curly girl here, I just got my hair cut super short… about as short as hers but a different shape. I had a brazilian blowout that’s worn off, but I still wear it straight. I wonder if it’ll look like this if I wear it curly? I don’t have bangs and bangs are really hard to get right with curls. I hat that people are hating on her hair though. I like that her curls have made an appearance!

  49. racer says:

    I don’t mind the cut or the curls, the salon blonde makes it bad. Maybe she’s channeling early 90’s Nicole Kidman before she went down the slippery slope of self-hatred and assimilation by going straight and blonde.

  50. Skins says:

    Poor Taylor, all the money in the world can’t make her hot

  51. Amelie says:

    Yeah my hair looks about like that but a bit longer. It doesn’t look like pasta thankyouverymuch. I hardly do anything to it and I rarely straighten it because I am lazy. I think Taylor’s hair looks fine. Stop hating on us curlyheads.

  52. Bee says:

    My hair looks undone within two minute of stepping out of the house no matter what, so I’m not gonna judge her on her gym hair.

  53. Brandy says:

    Everyone on here is so mean. She just left the gym, I wonder how YOUR hair looks after a hard workout. I can’t believe waste time posting mean comments. Her hair is adorable, end of story.

    • teacakes says:

      Nice try, but this is the girl who used to leave the gym in full makeup and with hair perfectly styled for the paps – this is not some accident.