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Before Janet Jackson had reached pop-icon status, she styled her natural hair in a short layered cut with soft curls.
Fast forward a few years and Jackson’s superstar persona sported a teased-out-to-there ’80s pouf during her outrageously successful “Control” tour.
By 1990, Jackson had replaced her over-the-top “What Have You Done For Me Lately” hair with a sweet, curly cheek-length bob.
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.
Jackson wore her eponymous “Janet Jackson braids” when she arrived at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards.
At the 1994 Golden Globe Awards, Jackson rocked a luxurious set of sun-streaked extensions and gilded lipgloss.
Inspired by Dorothy Dandridge, Jackson hit the 1995 Essence Awards with a flawlessly curled, retro 1950s-style hairstyle and matte, brick-red lips.
On the red carpet of the Third Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, Jackson debuted a head full of cinnamon ringlets.
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.
On the set of her “Does It Really Matter” video shoot, Jackson went for a sexy, sleek look with pin-straight, plum-tinted tresses.
Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope look was all about tightly curled, shocking red strands.
At the 28th Annual American Music Awards, Jackson arrived in a halo of fluffy, kinky curls.
Jackson hit the 2nd Annual BET Awards wearing mile-long, chestnut brown strands with tons of bodacious bounce.
Jackson turned up the glam in sexy, waist-length ringlets when she attended the 2002 ESSENCE Awards.
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.
Jackson choose an elegant and sleek half-up/half-down style when she attended the 2005 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Jackson stepped out at the 22nd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards wearing long layered strands with auburn highlights throughout.
At the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, Jackson debuted a brand new look: a severe, banged flapper bob, smokey eyes and intense, plum lipstick.
Jackson swanned down the Hollywood Awards Gala red carpet sporting a side-parted, auburn-streaked blowout.
At the 2008 Costume Institute Gala, Jackson went super-sleek in a high, tight ponytail, cat-eye liquid liner and fierce lashes.
Jackson hit the front row at New York Fashion Week rocking chin-length, wash-and-go curly cut.
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.
Jackson rocked a sexy side part, for a sleek and chic look.
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.
2013: Blonde Curls
We loved Janet's big, blonde curls that took center stage while she performed after the Dubai World Cup at the Meydan Racecourse.
2016: Big and Carefree