Kim Kardashian Has Made the Barbie Updo Her Signature Hairstyle

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

We’ve seen Kim Kardashian take a range of hairstyles for a spin recently, with her half-tucked, mullet-esque ponytail making its first debut last week, and her ever-changing length sliding from a platinum curtain bob to butt-skimming strands within the space of 24 hours.

But one style we’ve seen Kim repeat again and again is the loose, loaded-up bun that her longtime trusted hair stylist, Chris Appleton has dubbed the Barbie updo.

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#1 Kim Kardashian Barbie Updo

On Monday, August 29, Kim shared an Insta video of herself dressed in a one-shoulder pink camo-print midi dress with the caption “Balenci Barbie.” To complete the look, Appleton piled her milky blonde strands into the relaxed messy updo, with the front sections styled into a swooping, outgrown curtain fringe to create some face framing that Barbie herself would approve of.

#2 Barbiecore Hair Updo

This is not the first time we’ve seen this look on Kim, who’s been rocking the hairstyle since before the Barbiecore aesthetic exploded. Earlier this year, in May, Kim wore the style to several events in the lead-up to her sister Kourtney’s wedding in Italy.

#3 Platinum Silver Hair

She paired the updo with a platinum silver corset top to match her hair color, then remixed it again with a gothic black lace ensemble for the wedding itself.

#4 Sleek Brunette Barbie Updo

Kim wore a slightly sleeker version of the style the month before (when her hair was deep brunette) for the premiere of The Kardashians on Hulu.

Chris has admitted that in addition to Barbie, another famous blonde has helped to inspire Kim’s go-to hairstyle, writing, “Love this look on Kim. What do you guys think to this ’90s Pam Anderson inspired up do?” alongside Kim’s appearance on Ellen in March, where she also wore the hairstyle.

#5 Brunette Updo

And we saw the romantic messy updo make an appearance on Kim’s trip to Italy last July, where Chris swept her hair up into the sultry loose bun to create dolce vita vibes.

But whether she’s serving up the blonde Barbie version or the brunette dolce vita rendition, Kim Kardashian just can’t seem to get enough of the updo. We’re feeling an Ariana-ponytail-level hairstyle signature being established.

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