Earlier this week, 2NE1’s Dara revealed that she’s shaved her hair for the fourth time during the “I Love You” promotions. A few days before that, she shared her younger brother Thunder’s (MBLAQ) response to her latest half-shaved hair.
2NE1’s Dara is perhaps the most daring K-Pop star when it comes to changing hairstyles. From her trademark “palm tree” hairstyle to last year’s Vegeta hairstyle, Dara has shown that she’s definitely not afraid to take a risk with her hair. She’s a hair chameleon that never plays it safe, and we wanted to take our time for a special round up of her most creative hairstyles!
Go through the list and make sure you tell us your favorite Dara hairstyle in the comments section below!
Palm tree style
Her “palm tree” hairstyle was sensational in 2009 when 2NE1 debuted with “Lollipop” and “Fire.” It was one of the most radical, yet stylish hairstyles we’ve seen in a while and multiple celebrities came out with different variations of it after her.
Palm tree with curls
In this oddly stylish hair, Dara made a slight change to her wildly popular palm tree style by adding curls to the end. At first glance, it almost looks like a semi-fro, and with her slightly tanned skin, she looks absolutely hot!
This photo was taken in 2011 during 2NE1’s “Nolza” promotions in Japan. Dara rolled up her hair on both sides, which was later nicknamed “dumpling” hairstyle.
Apple top style
Dara sported the “apple top” hairstyle pretty often in 2011. It’s called “apple top” because the tied up hair looks like the top of an apple!
A hybrid of the original “palm tree” style and a regular braid, Dara’s “twister” style earned its nickname for its similarity to the popular Korean “twister” bread.
This was used during 2NE1’s “I Don’t Care” promotions, but the name of the hair is still unclear as it’s called either “grape” or “poodle” style for the short, curly part.
Rice plant style (milkmaid braid)
More commonly known as the milkmaid braid, Dara made this semi-braid style a megahit among K-Pop aficionados a few years back. It’s also called the “rice plant style” for its resemblance to, well, rice plants, but its simple yet stylish nature will make it a must-do hair for any female K-Pop fan for years to come!
The front bang is probably one of the most popular styles among Korean students, but celebrities rarely go for it. If you don’t style it well, you could end up looking like a little kid, or your face could look disproportionately big. Dara, however, being the style icon that she is, measured the front part perfectly and the style absolutely looks good on her round, oval face.
It was an absolute stunner when Dara first showed up with this hair for “I Am the Best.” With her long hair all gelled up to the top, Dara looks strikingly similar to the “Dragon Ball” character, Vegeta.
Dara’s latest creation, the “half-shaved” style, is the hairstyle she’s donned for the “I Love You” promotions. Perhaps the most radical style we’ve seen from her, the half-shaved hair is quickly becoming a trend among young Korean women. It was a risky move, but Dara totally nailed it and she looks hotter than ever in this new style!
Hats and Accessories
Dara’s not just a great hairstylist, but she knows how to work those hats! From New Era caps to basic beanies, Dara can make any type of hat look perfectly good on her!
Half-shaved Pink Hairstyle
We all know that Dara rocked her half-shaved hair right? Well, she took it further by making it pink with purple ends. When she performed “I Love You” in Inkigayo with this, it caused quite a stir with Netizens. They loved heir pink hair with purple ends. Somehow, we wish that Dara would actually dye her hair like this permanently!
Curly Short Bob
Dara shocked a lot of fans when she appeared at the Melon Awards with a really short hairstyle. She looked absolutely glorious in it! We totally loved that hair. She looked mature and elegant. Here is a variation of Dara’s short bob with curls.
Updo with Bangs
We all went crazy when Dara appeared with this updo with bangs in their Japanese promotions. This hairstyle allowed her to be fierce and adorable at the same time depending on her expression. Here, she looks like a mature woman but in other photos, she looked like a little kid.
Long Wavy Locks
It cannot be denied that Dara looked absolutely gorgeous when she showed up during the MTV VMAJ 2012 with long curly locks. Her hair was styled simply which allowed her true beauty to shrine through. We don’t see this often with Dara that is why we learn to appreciate when she goes all out simple with us.
The Crazy Rolls
Who could ever forget these rolls? When you look through Dara’s hairstyle history, you won’t be able to forget her hair in “Try To Follow Me” music video. It was quirky and cute. We actually think that this suited Dara’s personality really well.
Out of all Dara’s hairstyles, this one, I believe had the most conflicting views. Some liked it for its craziness while others hated it because they pushed Dara’s limits to far. We personally don’t like this hairstyle. Although we agree that this made Dara stand out and is truly “Dara’s crazy hairstyle signature”, we felt it was not needed in the video and made her look completely different from the other girls.
This hairstyle brought out Dara’s inner femme fatale! We remember screaming the first time we saw this Nikon 1 J1 commercial. Dara looked absolutely beautiful and sexy. She proved that by a simple change of hairstyle, Dara can embody different kinds of characters.
Long Hair with Side-swept Bangs
Who could forget Dara’s hair when she danced with Taeyang to his hit song “I Need A Girl”? This hair brought out Dara’s sexy side. Here, she looked like the woman that she really was instead of the crazy-haired 4D goddess she usually is when she’s with 2NE1. This brought out a mature side to Dara that we usually do not see when she is in 2NE1 activities.
Dara channeled her inner-child when she adorned pigtails for Etude’s Kiss Note CF! No wonder she’s called Dara Button and she’s considered as one of Korea’s Baby-faced beauties. When you put Dara’s hair up in pigtails, you can never ever tell that she’s a 28-year old woman.
Who could forget this hair? This will forever remain in my memory because I hated this hair too! I know Dara rocked it but still… the black bangs was in sharp contrast with the brown hair and black bun that you can really tell that wigs were involved. Some might disagree with me on this one but I really wasn’t such a big fan of this hair. However, we cannot deny that this one made an impact too.
The Beautiful Frizz
Dara was absolutely beautiful during their “It Hurts” promotions. She usually adorned beautiful hair, beautiful make-up, and beautiful clothes. She looked absolutely stunning during this time. Could it be because she barely got any lines in the song?
Oh Holy White
Dara shocked a lot of people when she adorned this crazy hairstyle during one of their live performances. I cannot say that I am a fan of this hairstyle and I cannot say that I hate it too. I’m on the middle road for this one. One this is for sure though… its unique!
Do you guys remember this? She shocked a lot of people when she cut off her long locks and showed up in the 2010 Melon Music Awards with a really short bob. I remember I was in the mall if fellow Daralings when I opened by twitter account and started screaming in the mall. I showed it to my friends and they started screaming too. Dara looked like a mature and modern woman during that time. She referred to this hairstyle as the “cold city girl” look.
The Classic Bun
Out of all of Dara’s hairstyles, this is probably the one that we have seen THE MOST. It seemed like whenever the stylists no longer knew what to do with her hair, they just resorted to this classic bun as a fallback. Of course, they usually do this too to show how unbelievably small Dara’s face is. I love this hair on Dara. However, I can also say that they have overused this hairstyle just a tad too much.
Long Straight Hair
I remember being so stunned when Dara decided to do the classic long straight hair for one of their “Hate You” performances. While this hairstyle might look plain to others, it made Daralings all over so happy because seeing Dara in a “normal” hairstyle is a treat. While this might be considered a classic to a lot of girl groups, this made Dara’s beauty super shine through. (Yes, I used super shine!)