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By Courtney Gisriel

This year celebrities wowed us with big hair transformations and proved they're definitely not afraid of a swift chop. From blunt bangs to piecey bobs, here are some of the dramatic new looks we loved most this year.

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy hair transformation
Melissa McCarthy showed off her new lob in February!Getty Images

The "Gilmore Girls" alum and "Ghostbusters" star started off 2016 by cutting inches off her long locks for a textured lob, or long bob, that continued to be a major hair trend in Hollywood all year long.

Candace Cameron Bure

Candace Cameron-Bure hair 2016
Candace Cameron Bure traded her long waves for a sophisticated bob earlier this year. Getty Images

"Fuller House" star Candace Cameron Bure also took the plunge and transformed her shoulder-length waves into a sleek bob.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson cut her hair in stages, first playing with side-swept bangs before fully committing to '70s-inspired fringe.

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco hair 2016
Bucking the lob trend, Kaley Cuoco added luxe extensions for a glamorous new look!Getty Images

Kaley Cuoco loves playing Penny on "The Big Bang Theory," but after wrapping each season she changes up her hair to feel a bit more like herself! Last year she chopped her hair, and this year she added layers of long extensions!

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Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera hair 2016
The songstress always keeps us on our toes with her dramatic transformations. Getty Images

The songstress is no stranger to changing up her look, and this year she did a full 360-degree transformation! She started the year as a blonde, dyed her long waves a shade of red that made her look like a real-life Jessica Rabbit, and ends the year with platinum locks once more!

America Ferrera

America Ferrera hair 2016
From bold brunette to beautiful blond, America Ferrera can really do no wrong!Getty Images, AP

The actress, who currently stars in NBC's "Superstore," made a big change this past October, cutting her hair to a chin-length bob and lightening her color to a golden blond. On Instagram, she even admitted to being apprehensive about the move, saying, "I was nervous about such a big change, and now I can't decide which way I love my new haircut most!" After seeing her rock the new look, neither can we!

Lea Michele

The star was one of the latest celebrities to take advantage of the hottest new hair trend, cutting long, piecey bangs that she's been styling parted down the middle for a very fun '60s mod look.

Jenna Dewan Tatum

Jenna Dewan Tatum 2016 hair
Jenna Dewan Tatum had fun experimenting with bangs earlier this year. Getty Images

Jenna Dewan Tatum showed off stunning eyebrow-grazing bangs in October, but just a few weeks later she strutted her stuff on the red carpet without the new look, leading us to believe she's having a great time experimenting with the bangs trend without fully committing to the cut!

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Emma Watson

Emma Watson hair 2016
Emma Watson took a walk on the dark side with a bold new hair color. Rabbani and Solimene Photography / Getty Images

Emma Watson, who stars as Belle in the upcoming "Beauty and the Beast" film, debuted a darker color in November at an event in New York City, and we're loving the trendy choker to match!

Kristen Wiig

The comedian had the internet buzzing when she showed off her new pixie cut in the "Saturday Night Live" version of the "Mannequin challenge."

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel's fringe gives off a French vibe.Getty Images

The actress worked with stylist Adir Abergel to cut a stylish set of bangs back in September. Abergel told People they were going for a French feel. Tres chic!

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Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte hair 2016
Lochte may have dyed his hair platinum, but he was all about the gold in Rio. Getty Images

Hair transformations aren't just for the ladies! One of this year's most dramatic new looks came from swimmer Ryan Lochte. The athlete debuted the new look just in time for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling debuted her sophisticated bob this fall. Getty Images

Mindy Kaling debuted a chic new lob just in time for the fifth season premiere of "The Mindy Project!" She cut off inches of her long waves and emphasized the look with a sophisticated deep chestnut color.

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Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts spent the spring as a redhead, in a hue she called "desert rose," before returning to her blond roots for the summer!

Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez hair 2016
Rodriguez looks effortlessly cool with her new textured lob. Getty Images

"Jane the Virgin" star Gina Rodriguez chopped off a lot of length this past May for a chin-length bob, and generously donated her strands to Locks of Love. With a hot new look and a great cause this may be our favorite transformation yet!

2016 was an incredible year for celeb hair inspiration — we can't wait to see what looks our favorite stars rock in 2017!