It’s impossible to think of Ariana Grande without thinking of her extra long ponytail. Remember when Givenchy was trying to do a “surprise” reveal of its new celebrity face with this unmistakable silhouette (and we all immediately knew who it was?)
Or when her ponytail took on a life of its own in a music video?
That rapunzel-like length is all extensions, of course, so it’s always surprising that Ariana’s natural hair is actually short and curly. She took a video for a fan back in February revealing such:
Josh Liu, her hairstylist on the Sweetener tour, just posted another photo of Ariana au naturale and her curls are thriving. They’re thick, bouncy, shiny, and at her shoulders. And, it seems like Ariana has been actively working to bring them back to life underneath her ponytail. “Natural curls coming in strong with a little tlc 🖤,” he captioned the post.
Now, her fans are begging for him to let her curly hair out on tour.
Back when she first started making a ponytail her signature (and people were giving her a “hard time” about it) she addressed the look on Facebook. Apparently, it all started because her hair was so damaged after having to dye it red every other week while playing Cat Valentine on Victorious for four years. It “completely destroyed my hair,” she wrote. “I wear extensions but I wear it in a ponytail because my actual hair is so broken that it looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down”
She continued, “Annoying as it is for y’all to have to look at the same hair style all the time, it’s all that works for now…and trust me, it’s even more difficult for me to have to wait forever for my natural hair to grow back and to have to wear more fake hair than every drag queen on earth combined.”
Glad to say she’s well on her way to growing back her hair. In the meantime, if you want to test out the high, tight ponytail for yourself, try a ponytail attachment like this one from Insert Name Here.
No tape, clipping, or other techniques required—it is one piece that easily attaches to your ponytail with a tiny comb and even has a thick strand of hair reserved for wrapping around the base. Liu even used the brand on Ariana here.