Before Ariana Grande was known as a pop sensation with a ridiculously high ponytail, I knew her as the red-headed Cat on Victorious. Grande and her hair have come a long way since the Nickelodeon show. She returned to her natural brunette roots years ago before shocking fans in October 2022 with bright blonde hair (part of her role as Glinda in the upcoming Wicked movie adaptation). Similarly, she’s also left her signature high ponytail behind. In a recent hairstyle, the singer took some inspiration from the 1940s for her curled ponytail. 

Grande showed off her curled updo in a TikTok for r.e.m. beauty. The star is dressed in a brown gingham print outfit with a matching bow tied around her ponytail. Her blonde hair was parted on the side with one section of hair swept back into the updo while the other was pinned into a roll at the side of her head. The rest of her blonde hair was tied into a ponytail, bursting with distinct, bouncy barrel curls. The spirals almost reminded me of a slinky bouncing up and down. 

As for her makeup, she kept it simple. She lined her eyes with a sharp but subtle brown cat eye, buffed a healthy dose of highlighter onto the tip of her nose, and swiped a shimmery gloss onto her lips.

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If you had told me back in 2015 that Ariana Grande would ever give her high ponytails a rest, I would never have believed you. It’s hard to imagine her without her lengthy brown hair cascading from the crown of her head, but this blonde ’40s-esque updo is a welcome change. 

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