Birthday Girl Lupita Nyong’o Is a Hair Chameleon! See Her Many Changing Looks

Style chameleon Lupita Nyong’o turns 33 today! The Academy Award-winning actress has gone from the historical drama 12 Years a Slave to the new Star Wars film, and even the live-action remake of The Jungle Book, proving this talented star isn’t afraid of exploring different genres.

Another place the Yale grad likes to switch things up? The red carpet. From asymmetrical styles to bejeweled accessories, Nyong’o seems to debut a new look every time she steps in front of the camera. With side braids and retro twists, the actress proves that short cuts can be versatile too.

In honor of her big day, check out 11 of her stunning styles. Happy birthday, Lupita!

Signature Buzz

Nyong’o is known for her signature low-cut, which shows off her stunning face. We fell in love with the effortlessly chic look while the star promoted her film 12 Years a Slave back in 2013.

Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a slave premiere in LA
JASON MERRITT


Double side apart

Two side parts added a subtle change to her usual ‘do at The Board of Governors Awards.

Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a slave premiere in LA
JON KOPALOFF

 

Single side part

In early 2014 Nyong’o added height to one side of her looks and divided shorter strands with a part.

Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a slave premiere in LA
JOHN SCIULLI

 

Side braid

During a chat with Jimmy Kimmel, the Hollywood star rocked a fun braid in her natural style.

Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a slave premiere in LA
RANDY HOLMES

 

Hi-top fade

At the 2014 Screen Actor’s Guild Awards the beauty went all out. The extra height of hair looked gorgeous paired with her stunning Gucci gown.

Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a slave premiere in LA
JEFFREY MAYER

 

Two puffs

Nyong’o looked adorable with two architectural puffs while on the red carpet for the 45th NAACP Image Awards.

Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a slave premiere in LA
JOHN SCIULLI

 

Architectural fade

The 32-year-old’s spiked strands created an asymmetrical silhouette for the premiere of Non-Stop.

Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a slave premiere in LA
JASON MERRITT

 

Natural twist

Nyong’o gave her natural strands a retro twist for a Pre-Oscar cocktail party in 2014.

Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a slave premiere in LA

 

Textured waves

Another classic look was elevated with textured waves for a naturally stunning finish.

Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a slave premiere in LA
STEVE GRANITZ

 

Straightened and curled

The star’s iconic Oscar moment was shared with straightened tresses pulled back with a sparkling gold headband.

Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a slave premiere in LA
LESTER COHEN

 

Curly Mohawk

Nyong’o’s edgy style created the perfect balance for her pretty makeup and dainty dress.

Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a slave premiere in LA
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