Beyoncé's Act II Era Already Includes Three New Hairstyles

This time around, it's all about volume.

Beyonce wearing a cowboy hat while watching the 2024 Grammy Awards.
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There are a few things we know for sure about Beyoncé's Renaissance: Act II era. One: The album is landing March 29. Two: Fans are wildly excited. And three: Her hair has never looked better (which, four, is saying something).

The Grammy winner appeared in a Verizon Super Bowl commercial that joked about all the ways she can cause a worldwide stir. To fans' delight, the clip ended with her saying "Okay, they ready! Drop the new music," a message that was quickly followed by an official @beyonce Instagram post announcing two new songs.

"TEXAS HOLD ‘EM and 16 CARRIAGES out now," she wrote in the caption. And while there's truly so much to discuss here, her hair deserves a moment of undivided attention.

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In the cover art for the song "Texas Hold 'Em," just a few ringlets escape her black cowboy hat. The real treat is in the next slide, where a majorly voluminous bob (also covered by a cowboy hat) makes an appearance to promote "16 Carriages." Although the photo is in black and white, the 42-year-old's hair looks a little darker than the platinum shade she's been rocking lately.

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For the game itself, the 32-time Grammy winner styled her hair equally as voluminous, this time styled long and worn sans cowboy hat.

"Super Bowl Glam: 80’s Hair trends," wrote her hairstylist, Neal Farinah in an Instagram post featuring the look. He captioned another post, "Super Bowl Texan hair," noting he used Beyoncé's new Cecred haircare line to make the volume happen. In his Instagram Story, he wrote more about the major style and its power: "Growing up in Trinidad as a hairstylist I always loved big Texan hair. Here I am doing big Texan hair."

Last Sunday, Beyoncé appeared at the Grammy Awards wearing a white Stetson cowboy hat over her white blonde hair. Fans quickly guessed that the accessory was a nod to upcoming country tracks, and now the Bey-hive has confirmation. While the hats are fabulous, let's hope we get at least a few snaps without them so we can see the full extent of her new hairstyles. I know that bob has major volume at the crown, too.

Sophia Vilensky
Freelance Writer

Sophia Vilensky is a Freelance Beauty Writer at Marie Claire with a beauty, wellness, and entertainment journalism portfolio that includes contributions to Byrdie, Bravo, Teen Vogue, and Us Weekly. Growing up in a family of beauticians—and through her own personal studies—she developed an in-depth understanding of aesthetics, cosmetic product formulation, and beauty treatment development and has also held roles as a senior copywriter, content strategist, and proofreader for top beauty and wellness brands. Even so, you'd be hard pressed to find her with her hair and makeup actually done. Sophia is based in Minneapolis and is a 2019 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she majored in English and minored in cinema studies. During her time at the university, she was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Minnesota Daily, earning the 2019 Editor of the Year award for her work. She connected deeply with the Twin Cities arts scene, collaborating with leading beauty professionals, designers, and artists. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, her thesis—a close-reading of Vanderpump Rules—was featured on NPR. When not immersed in writing or testing new products, Sophia enjoys watching reality TV, reading, and exploring the newest woo-woo wellness trends. Keep up with her on Instagram @sophiavilensky.