Zendaya Graced Us With a Glimpse of Her Long, Light Brown Hairdo

"I feel like I just cut my hair..."

zendaya with dark brown hair
(Image credit: Angela Weiss/Getty)

I have a photographic memory of Zendaya’s hair transformation. Granted, it can get a little hard to track her cut and color with all the extensions and voodoo styling illusions. But you bet your bottom dollar I have yet to forget the one-slide Instagram she posted back in March of a honey-hued lob. But fast forward to this week, and the Euphoria star revealed that her blonder tone is still intact—and her cut has grown out at the speed of light. 

“I feel like I just cut my hair…” the Dune actress captioned a car selfie. In the photo, her highlighted hair was past her shoulders and filled with choppy layers. The grow out was flawless, maintenance appears to be low key, and generally the whole 'do looks easy, breezy, and beautiful. 

zendaya with light brown hair

(Image credit: Instagram/Zendaya)

After a fan account called Zendaya_Updates shared the video of the star’s hair via Twitter, followers went wild. “She looks so good with light brown hair,” one person tweeted. Another said, “This woman’s beauty just hits different.” 

While Zendaya might be in her light brown hair era, she’s known to experiment with different hues. In December 2021, around the time of her Spider-Man: No Way Home press tour, she debuted a fiery red color. “It was time for a change,” she captioned a selfie at the time. The bold transformation was thanks to the work of hairstylist Sarah Guan. Many fans (including yours truly) thought that the red moment was a tribute to her Marvel character Michelle Jones Watson, aka MJ.

Even though the symbolism wasn’t necessarily confirmed, it’s not too far off. Zendaya, along with stylist Law Roach, have a habit of giving shoutouts to her on-screen characters with red carpet clothing and accessories. From the time she wore a Moschino set to the Space Jam premiere that echoed her character's uniform to the Spiderweb-printed dress she wore to the Spider-Man premiere, it's safe to say Zendaya knows how to make it statement in fashion—and in beauty. 

Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, Delish.com, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.