At one of her first photo shoots as a fledgling pop star, 19-year-old Carey flaunts her carefully moussed-and-scrunched natural curls.
At the shoot for her Emotions, video, Mariah swept her curls up into a loose bun on top of her head, letting a few ringlets escape.
Carey debuted a new cinnamon hair color atop her naturally curly mane at a record signing.
We are now entering One Sweet Day era. In ’95, Carey accessorized her sleek, bouncy blowout with a few yellow barrettes.
Carey turned heads at the American Music Awards in loosely curled ringlets and eyebrow-grazing bangs.
At her Butterfly release party, Carey sported straightened, center-parted strands with tons of body at the ends.
At the 1998 ESSENCE Awards, Carey hit the red carpet sporting a head full of voluminous, divalicious curls (aided by a few well-placed pieces).
Carey showed up to the ’99 ESSENCE Awards sporting a straight ponytail, with a few face-framing tendrils.
Carey arrived at an in-store appearance in ’99 rocking two super-sweet, girlish blonde braids.
In ’01, Carey appeared on Total Request Live wearing a heavily feathered, platinum blonde blowout.
Carey worked an Upper East Side princess vibe at a Fresh Air Fund event, sporting an embellished, skinny black headband and pearls.
Carey’s 2005 MTV Movie Awards look consisted of a low-plunging red gown, major diamonds, and a softly waved, Veronica Lake hairstyle.
Carey rocked the red carpet at the ’06 Golden Globe Awards wearing a gorgeous, sleek updo and a sparkling butterfly hair clip.
Carey was in full diva mode an Operation Smile charity event, rocking a mussed mass of sexy waves — and a new, strawberry blonde hair color.
Carey choose a feminine half-up/half-down ’do with face-framing curls for her appearance for her Butterfly fragrance launch.
At the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Carey added subtle, ’70s-style wings to her long, softly curled coif.
At the premiere of Precious, Carey went for over-the-top glamour in a lush tumble of thick curls. We’re loving the two-toned hair color, too.
Carey went back to her early-’90s curly girl roots at a “Precious” screening last year, sporting a riot of glossy ringlets.
Carey made a trip to the Late Show with David Letterman flashing her mega-watt smile and long, flowing curls.
Carey brought back her signature ringlets while spotted at the Four Seasons Hotel in Milan, Italy.
At the fragrance launch for her Forever scent, Carey rocked sexy straight strands with a hint of curl at the ends.
Carey arrived at Skylight Studios in New York wearing a casual yet chic loosely curled hairstyle with a side part.
Carey debuted a luxurious cascade of golden curls while partying at a Grammy event.
With her swooped bangs and high, sleek pony, Carey’s 2010 Golden Globes look was simple, chic, and diva-worthy.
Carey arrived at the Screen Actors Guild Awards with a heap of loose curls over one shoulder and a sexy, side-swept bang.
At the Keepers Of The Dream Awards, Carey rocked sumptuous waves with a long, layered swoop across one eye.
Carey has always made a statement with her honey-blonde hair color, and at the People’s Choice Awards her glowing hair looked radiant swept over one shoulder.
At the listening party for her new album, Merry Christmas II You, a pregnant-and-glowing Carey rocked smooth, flat-ironed hippie hair.
Carey added a daring, Rapunzel-esque twist to her signature look by sporting straight, waist-length strands at the American Music Awards.
Shortly after the birth of her twins, Carey appeared on the red carpet for the debut of her Jenny Craig campaign launch in her trademark loosely-curled, blonde locks.