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Mullets, bangs, pixie cuts! TODAY's hair flashbacks

June 28, 2013 at 11:40 AM ET

TODAY anchors Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales and Tamron Hall have changed hairstyles quite a bit over the years.
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TODAY anchors Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales and Tamron Hall have changed hairstyles quite a bit over the years.

According to a survey by the hair salon chain Toni & Guy, the average woman changes her hair – whether that’s color, cut, or shape – about 150 times in her lifetime.

When Tamron first cropped her hair.
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When Tamron first cropped her hair.

The TODAY anchors took a trip down memory lane on Friday to see whether they match that statistic, and it turns out some have changed up their look more than others.

Tamron in longer-haired days, before she discovered her signature cut.
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Tamron in longer-haired days, before she discovered her signature cut.

Tamron Hall talked about her own personal hair journey, saying that “the only time she ever did anything for a guy” was when she lopped off her hair at age 18 for a guy who preferred shorter cuts.

And get this – it’s been the same ever since! Tamron is one of the 14 percent of women who have had the same hairstyle for more than a decade.

Considering how cute it looks on her, maybe she should send that old boyfriend a thank-you note?

Savannah, with her mom, shows off a darker 'do.
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Savannah, with her mom, shows off a darker 'do.

Savannah showed off her style evolution, from wavy and dark locks to a light, layered style.

Savannah's hair in a wavy phase.
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Savannah's hair in a wavy phase.

"My hair is curly," she said, of a photo in which she's wearing her hair in a more beachy style.

"My hair is very very dark naturally, almost black," she added. "That's my natural color. I've just been going blonder and blonder and blonder as I get older."

“Life change is one of the biggest motivators in wanting to change your hair,” says Whitney Blischke, the editorial director of Toni & Guy North America and co-owner of their Hoboken, New Jersey location.

She notes that big events like breakups or the birth of a baby often send women to the salon to change their look.
However, there’s one major life event where people don’t want haircuts – weddings!

“Getting married soon is usually the non-haircut,” explains Blischke.

Natalie on her wedding day.
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Natalie on her wedding day.

For their big days, women don’t want to do anything too drastic that they’ll have to look at in pictures forever, and they often request traditional styles that don’t look dated.

Natalie proved this point in a photo off her timeless updo from her wedding day.

She also flashed back through a variety of other looks she's cycled through, including bangs and a layered style the other anchors labeled her take on "The Rachel," Jennifer Aniston's famously influential 90's haircut.

"I went through the dark phase too," she said, of a more serious look she sported behind the news desk in 2003.

Natalie at the news desk in 2003.
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Natalie at the news desk in 2003.

As it turns out, celebrities are major influences when it comes to hair trends.

Stars like Rihanna and Katy Perry are constantly changing up their look, while someone like Michelle Obama can simply get bangs and start a worldwide conversation.

Blischke says that Anne Hathaway’s recent pixie cut for "Les Miserables" was a big hit in her salon, with many clients coming in to request it. Considering that the dramatic chop helped her win an Oscar, it’s no wonder that the look signaled “change.”

Blischke does have a few tips about wanting to copy a celeb look, though: “Pull multiple pictures of that celebrity so we can see variations of the haircut. Oftentimes people will look at one haircut straight and see the same one curly and love one and hate the other one.”

Seeing the haircut from a variety of angles or as it grows in a little over time will help you to figure out if it’s the cut for you, and it’ll also help your stylist get as close to the original look as possible.

Babies, breakups, and celebrities aside, the vast majority of women said that the #1 reason for changing their hair was simply that they were bored and wanted to try something new. A whopping 91 percent of TODAY.com readers cited “tired of current look” as their top reason for going to the salon.

As one of the women in Ted Gibson’s salon this morning said, “If I come out of the salon looking the same as I did when I went in, what’s the point?” If we had the chance to get a new look courtesy of Ted, we’d feel the exact same way.

Video: From cut to color, it’s no secret that women love changing up their hair, but a new study found that the average woman changes her hair look a whopping 150 times over her lifetime. NBC’s Tamron Hall reports and the TODAY anchors show off a few of their hairdos from over the years.


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