Keke Palmer Ushers in Her Bob Era With Dramatic New Hairstyle

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Keke Palmer just unveiled a bangin’ new look.

The Nope star isn’t afraid to experiment with her fashion or beauty, which is why it’s no surprise she debuted her most dramatic hair transformation yet. The 29-year-old kissed her chest-length strands goodbye for a sexy layered bob and curtain bangs. 

Keke showcased her new ‘do in an Aug. 12 Instagram, posing in a fitted white tank top and black biker shorts with lace trim. She paired her chic, yet sporty ensemble with giant silver hoop earrings, black combat boots and a matching crossbody purse.

As for her glam? She kept the focus on her voluminous tresses and textured bangs, as she opted for a more subdued makeup look.

Two days later, she gave fans a closer look at her makeover by sharing a video of herself running her fingers through her tousled lob and lip-synching along to an unreleased song of hers.

“You think you down,” she captioned her Aug. 14 post, “but you ain’t serious.”

Keke’s head-turning transformation comes less than a week after she rocked a jet-black hairstyle with vibrant blue highlights.

She cheekily wrote, “Give em’ the bluuues bb.”

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The Hustlers actress—who welcomed her and Darius Jackson‘s son Leodis Andrellton Jackson seven months ago—recently shared words of encouragement to other moms struggling to feel like themselves after having a baby.

“Do you, new moms,” she told The Cut in an interview published July 10. “Do you. Girl, if there’s one person on this earth that loves you for sure, it’s that baby. Be happy, because there’s no love like it. Somebody loving you like that, hell, who cares?”

Becoming a mother had unlocked a side of Keke she didn’t even know she had inside of her.

“After having my baby, I’ve just gotten so much more powerful,” she explained. “I’m just so strengthened in a crazy way. Strutting my stuff, enjoying. I’ll be honest, I think before I even had the baby, I was really actually quite self-conscious. In a way that you would expect, considering the kind of work that I do as a public figure.”


Part of the singer’s confidence comes from learning to embrace her ever-evolving postpartum body.

“I’m just continuing to spread my wings as a young woman,” she continued. “My headspace is just to continue to inspire and encourage myself and anybody else who wants to go down that road with me. It’s all about loving who I am and loving what I experienced and what I’ve gone through that’s gotten me here.”

Of course, Keke isn’t the only star in recent weeks to switch up her signature style. Keep scrolling to see all of the epic celebrity hair transformations.

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Keke Palmer

The Hustlers star debuted a voluminous long bob and curtain bangs on Aug. 12.

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Tom Schwartz

The Vanderpump Rules star debuted a platinum blond dye job in August 2023.

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Brian Austin Green

The ’90s heartthrob debuted a newly shaved head, sharing on Instagram that “it’s for work.”

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Doja Cat

The “Say So” singer showed off her dramatic hair transformation on Instagram, debuting bright purple hair and a spooky spider design on the back of her head.

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Chloë Grace Moretz

The Kick-Ass actress debuted a fresh bob haircut, which she hasn’t rocked in quite some time.

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Katy Perry

The American Idol judge revived her signature style of 2008 and revealed baby bangs in a June 20 Instagram.

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Kim Kardashian

In July 2023, the SKIMS founder debuted a short bob, bringing to mind what has become her sister Kourtney Kardashian‘s signature style in recent years.

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Nina Dobrev

The Vampire Diaries actress debuted fringe bangs for the Los Angeles premiere of her new film Out-Laws in June.



The “Vogue” singer debuted an edgy shag haircut on June 11.

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JoJo Siwa

The Dance Moms alum proved you can be blonde and brunette at the same time with her recent hair change.


Ashley Tisdale

The High School Musical alum has entered her French girl era, after showing off her new curtain bangs.

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Zooey Deschanel

The New Girl alum ditched her trademark brown hair and blunt bangs for a sky-high blonde ‘do for her upcoming appearance on the ’80s-based Apple TV+ series Physical.

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Katharine McPhee

The “Over It” artist headed into summer with a shorter cut and new hair color, debuting her blonde bob to Instagram in May 2023.


January Jones

The X-Men star kissed her shoulder-length hair goodbye and debuted a pixie cut on May 26.

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Emma Stone

While attending the Louis Vuitton cruise show in Italy on May 24, Emma debuted curtain bangs—a style she often rocked in the mid-2010s.


Reese Witherspoon

The Sweet Home Alabama actress debuted wispy fringe bangs in a stunning selfie. 


Kourtney Kardashian

The Poosh founder went back to her brunette roots, debuting a new look. As she put it on Instagram, she’s a “brunette4lyfe.”

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Blac Chyna

Amid her ongoing transformation journey, the Rob & Chyna alum debuted a short pixie cut with shaved sides.


Camila Cabello

On May 15, the pop star opted for a bold hair color, rocking jet-black hair.

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Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren wowed at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, as she debuted vibrant blue hair.

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Blake Lively

Playing Lily Bloom in the film adaptation of Colleen Hoover‘s It Ends With Us, the actress was seen with red hair while filming scenes in New York City on May 15, 2023.

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Lupita Nyong’o

The Star Wars actress debuted her newly shaved head on May 10, writing on Instagram, “Happy without hair!”


Mandy Moore

On April 24, the Tangled actress debuted a fresh cut and fringe bangs.

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Miley Cyrus

The “Flowers” singer unveiled a drastic hair change, going back to her brunette roots, at The Daily Front Row’s Seventh Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards.


Charli D’Amelio

The TikTok star debuted a drastic hair change at Coachella 2023, unveiling a blonde bob look.

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Ava Phillippe

Ava Phillippe, the daughter of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, debuted blunt bangs in an April 4 Instagram.

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Austin Butler

The Elvis star went bald for his role as Feyd-Rautha in Dune: Part Two.

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Cara Delevingne

The actress debuted a long bob on April 3 that’s perfect for spring.


Isabella “Bella” Kidman Cruise

“@craphairclub hair is giving me so much joy still,” the daughter of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise shared on Instagram March 29 along with a photo of her ‘do. “Thank you.”


Julia Roberts

The Pretty Woman star showed off her fringe bangs and fresh hair color on March 27.

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