In honor of her 50th birthday, we decided to highlight Janet's best hairstyles. Err—Ms. Jackson if you're nasty. From her baby-faced days as a co-star on the "Fame" series to her curly-coiffed appearances, here we celebrate one of the last, great triple-threat divas.
1985: Baby Face
Before Janet Jackson had reached pop-icon status, she styled her natural hair in a short layered cut with soft curls.
1987: Out of Control
Fast forward a few years and Jackson’s superstar persona sported a teased-out-to-there ’80s pouf during her outrageously successful “Control” tour.
1990: What About Bob
By 1990, Jackson had replaced her over-the-top “What Have You Done For Me Lately” hair with a sweet, curly cheek-length bob.
1993: Poetic Plaits
Jackson showed up to the 1993 MTV VMAs rocking an iconic set of “dookie braids,” soon to be imitated by star-struck girls all over the world.
1994: Iconic Braids
Jackson wore her eponymous “Janet Jackson braids” when she arrived at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards.
1994: Golden Girl
At the 1994 Golden Globe Awards, Jackson rocked a luxurious set of sun-streaked extensions and gilded lipgloss.
1995: Pure Elegance
Inspired by Dorothy Dandridge, Jackson hit the 1995 Essence Awards with a flawlessly curled, retro 1950s-style hairstyle and matte, brick-red lips.
1997: Red Hot
On the red carpet of the Third Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, Jackson debuted a head full of cinnamon ringlets.
1999: Top of the Class
At the Source Hip-Hop Awards, Jackson pulled her hair into a high topknot and accented the look with a single ringlet over one shoulder.
Jackson was all smiles in a shiny, wet-n-wavy high ponytail when she arrived at the 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards.
2000: Straight Talk
On the set of her “Does It Really Matter” video shoot, Jackson went for a sexy, sleek look with pin-straight, plum-tinted tresses.
2001: Red Alert
Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope look was all about tightly curled, shocking red strands.
2001: Pump Up The Volume
At the 28th Annual American Music Awards, Jackson arrived in a halo of fluffy, kinky curls.
2002: Long Story
Jackson hit the 2nd Annual BET Awards wearing mile-long, chestnut brown strands with tons of bodacious bounce.
2002: Cascade of Curls
Jackson turned up the glam in sexy, waist-length ringlets when she attended the 2002 ESSENCE Awards.
2004: Wispy Wonder
At the release party for her Damita Jo album, Jackson opted for a half-up/half-down hairstyle full of wavy layers with a side-swept bang.
2005: Lady of Style
Jackson choose an elegant and sleek half-up/half-down style when she attended the 2005 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
2005: Lovely Layers
Jackson stepped out at the 22nd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards wearing long layered strands with auburn highlights throughout.
2006: Fierce Flapper
At the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, Jackson debuted a brand new look: a severe, banged flapper bob, smokey eyes and intense, plum lipstick.
2007: Classic Beauty
Jackson swanned down the Hollywood Awards Gala red carpet sporting a side-parted, auburn-streaked blowout.
2008: Poised and Pretty
At the 2008 Costume Institute Gala, Jackson went super-sleek in a high, tight ponytail, cat-eye liquid liner and fierce lashes.
2010: Casual Cool
Jackson hit the front row at New York Fashion Week rocking chin-length, wash-and-go curly cut.
2010: Casual Chic
At the For Colored Girls New York premiere, Janet Jackson rocked a sleek gelled look that was both casual and incredibly chic.
In 2011, we often saw Jackson running around town in this super-adorable, wash-and-go style.
2011: Short and Sweet
Jackson rocked a sexy side part, for a sleek and chic look.
2013: Blonde Curls
Never one to rock a dull hairstyle, Janet attended amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS event with perfect curls. We love how the soft curls cascade down the left side of her face.
Photo by Tony Barson
2016: Big and Carefree
We loved Janet's big, blonde curls that took center stage while she performed after the Dubai World Cup at the Meydan Racecourse.