I have been a Spice Girls fan since I was a teenager but I have to be honest. Victoria Beckham, or Posh Spice, was never my favorite Spice Girl. There was something about her I couldn’t connect with. As the years passed, that changed. I started seeing her as the style icon she’s become, especially when it comes to hair. Victoria Beckham hair is special because it’s always changing and evolving. I haven’t loved every style she’s worn but I’ve always admired her ability to stay ahead of the current trends and find a trendy style that suits her. Let’s take a look back over the many different Victoria Beckham hair moments from her days as a Spice Girl to her newest, stylish cut.
When Victoria Beckham burst onto the scene with The Spice Girls she wore this straight mid-length cut. It was a great fit for her face and along with her sophisticated fashion sense, Victoria quickly earned the “posh” nickname. In the years that followed though, Victoria’s posh cut was replaced by short pixie cuts, long layers or extensions, bobs, the infamous ‘pob’ named for her and all of the other looks we’re about to explore.
Less than a year after sporting the medium length cut in the first photo we talked about, Victoria had already made her first dramatic hair change. She chopped it all off, leaving her with a cute yet still sophisticated short ‘do. While there were a few people out there who didn’t love the look, I really thought it worked for her, leaving enough length to compliment but still driving home the point. Posh Spice was not a woman afraid to take chances with her hair.
Although her actual hairstyle didn’t change much between 1998 and 1999, perhaps trying to keep her posh image became a little more important to Victoria as she started styling her short hairstyle a little differently. The above photo shows my favorite Posh look from 1999. The classic short style gets a glam makeover that really helped Victoria set herself apart from the other ladies in the group. It may not be my favorite Victoria Beckham hair style but it was definitely a great look.
In November of 1999, Victoria changed things up again and I have to admit, I’m not a fan of this one. While she’s still sticking with that great short hairstyle, I just wasn’t a big fan of the spikes. Victoria has had a few hair missteps over the years and this was really the first one for me. It was daring, sure but the spiked bangs just didn’t work for me. Did she fare better in 2000? Well …
February of 2000 saw Victoria continuing with the spiky short hair but she went about it in a different, and perhaps more successful way. While I still don’t love the look, it’s a marked improvement over her previous attempt at spiky hair. This style is a bit edge but it’s still sophisticated in a way. I think this is actually a pretty great style. I just wasn’t crazy over how it looked on her.
Talk about a dramatic change! September of 2000 saw Victoria rocking a completely different look, trading up the short cropped locks for long, flowing extensions. It’s worth noting that this change comes just after Posh released her first solo single (August 2000). She was clearly trying to distance herself from her Spice Girls image, and I think it worked. I loved this look although I may be the only one. I loved the length and I loved the hint of blond in her hair. While this is far from Victoria’s most dramatic hair makeover, it’s a makeover I wholeheartedly approved of.
Sticking with her hair extensions into December of 2000, Victoria went for a more subdued look than the extension look we saw above. She also lightened the overall color of her hair and I think she won on all fronts. The color works, the length works – everything works. Some felt the extensions may have been over ironed but I thought they looked great. Maybe I’m just not all that picky.
In January of 2001, Victoria went back to basics, trading up the extensions for a more natural look. I think this sweet short ‘do was a great look for Posh, especially with the side part giving it a little extra flair. As much as I loved the extensions, they were starting to get a little too played out and I can understand why Victoria chose to say goodbye to them.
With her hair short cropped hair starting to grow out, Posh went for a more dramatic style in June of 2001 and while I sort of like the look, I’m not sure it was the right choice for that point in her career. Posh was working hard at launching her solo career at this point so I can see why she would want to stand out but I think I preferred the extensions. Hard to say on this one.
Ah yes, speaking of that solo career. By September of 2001, Victoria was really trying hard to promote her first solo album which was being released the following month. I can understand the decision to change things up dramatically but I’m not entirely sure this was the right way to go about it. I’m not just talking about the two tone extensions either. The whole look is just so far removed from Victoria’s image, she was nearly unrecognizable.
2002 saw a bit of a return to the short hairstyle Posh had become known for. The blond highlights really give it a nice touch of flair and the short style compliments her face just as it always has. For many, this was a sign that Posh knew what worked for her and decided to return to that. Of course it didn’t last long. Posh is a trendsetter and that means taking chances.
Although she mostly stuck to the short cropped look throughout 2002 and 2003, the extensions did return on occasion. I particularly like what she chose to do with those extensions in the photo above. The curls are fantastic and they look beautiful on her. They add glamour to her look – a dramatic change without quite so much risk.
The extensions were still there in 2004 but they were far more dramatic. I’ve always been a fan of blond highlights on Posh and I think they work for her here. This was really the birth of Posh’s “Wag look” – a look she more or less pioneered. While there are a lot of people out there that found this look a little too over the top but I actually like it. It was a dramatic departure but not to the extent we saw when Posh was promoting her first solo album. I don’t this she crossed the line here but I think she got pretty close to it.
The Wag Look carried over into 2005 but Victoria traded up the ultra red lips for something a little less attention grabbing. The extensions were still there and still just as dramatic, but without the red lips, the hair was the star of the show and I think that was a smart choice. I also love the less prominent blond extensions. They blend better with her overall hair color and while I wouldn’t exactly call this a natural look, they are a bit more subtle.
In January 2002, Posh opted for a more glamorous look with her long curls, large glasses and shiny lips and I like the result. The color looks great on her and she’s backed away from the more outlandish looks she displayed in earlier years. Once again, Victoria has reinvented herself, starting with her hair and she look fabulous.
In August of 2006 the first incarnation of the pob makes its first appearance. While we’re going to talk about the pob a bit more in a few minutes, this style become a Posh trademark so the first appearance was worth noting. I like this look on Posh. It’s sharp, sexy and compliments her face beautifully. I actually like this version more than the later, more severe pob.
A moment ago, we spoke about the Pob. In June 2007, the Pob officially made its debut. Shorter in the back and longer in the front, Victoria took the bob to the next level. While it looks good on her, I have to say I prefer the longer version from 2006 but there’s a reason this look was so incredibly popular and as it grew out, it became even more popular still.
This version of the Pob from September 2007 is almost my favorite version (my favorite version is next). The length is gorgeous – still longer in the front but a bit less dramatic than in the original Pob. The only thing I’m not crazy over here is the color. While I was a big fan of the blond highlights, I really think Posh needs that brown base color to ground the blond and make it suit her skin tone.
Now this is what I’m talking about. The December 2007 Pob is my absolute favorite incarnation of this style. The color is beautiful, the length is beautiful and it’s sort of a return to the first style we saw Posh rock back in 1997. Not only is this look my favorite, it’s the look I wore for most of 2008. Great style and a great look for Victoria Beckham.
2008 was a very glamorous, sophisticated year for Victoria Beckham hair styles with this style she wore in May 2008 starting that trend. While some critics felt this style didn’t compliment the shape of her face, I don’t think it would be possible for me to disagree with that sentiment more. This is a fabulous, mature and elegant look for Posh and I think it looked beautiful on her.
This slicked down bob from June 2008 is another great example of how Victoria was progressing toward more mature hair styles. Even the critics were on her side this time and it isn’t hard to see why. There just isn’t anything to complain about with this look. The hair is perfect. The makeup is perfect. This, to me anyway, is Posh at her best. While there was another dramatic style change in the not too distant future, I think this look really showed that Victoria was headed in a new, exciting direction style wise.
Ah, the pixie cut. If it weren’t for the long, dark colored Pob we talked about a few spots up, this cut from September 2008 would be my favorite Victoria Beckham hair style. I loved everything about this look. Not only was it edgy, fun and flirty but it also proved that pixie cuts can definitely be fashionable and versatile. I think the pixie cut was a great look for Posh and showed the world that she wasn’t done having fun with her hair yet.
Just one month after premiering her new pixie cut, Victoria showed just how versatile the style can be when she made it look sophisticated, mature and classy by slicking it down. I am a big fan of pixie cuts in general. It takes a gutsy woman to go this short and while my favorite ever pixie cut still belongs to beautiful Michelle Williams, Posh’s cut may be my second favorite. It’s just a shame it didn’t stick around a little longer than it did.
With the pixie cut starting to grow out, Posh had a little fun with the style in December by adding a little height to the back of the crown and smoothing her lengthening bangs to the side. These two fairly simple changes completely refreshed the look and gave her a fun and youthful style. I liked this look although I had a feeling it meant Posh’s pixie cut would seen be no more.
I have to admit that while I am generally a fan of Victoria Beckham’s short hairstyles I am not a big fan of this one. It actually reminds me a bit of Kris Jenner’s cut, which I’m also not a big fan of. A lot of people gave Posh a hard time about this one and while I didn’t love the look, I don’t think the hate was deserved. I felt it aged her but it was far from the worst hair blunder I’ve ever seen. It was fine – just not my favorite, or even close to it.
This was another Victoria Beckham hair style a lot of people hated on and once again, I don’t think that was deserved. I think it was a beautiful style and her decision to pair the style with dramatic eyes was a brilliant move. The hair was pulled back and let her eyes pull the attention but at the same time, the actual style itself was very nicely done. It was also a bit uncharacteristic of her and I really like that about it. I think this could be one of my favorite Beckham looks.
This was the style Victoria chose to wear as she was exiting a flight in December 2009 and I absolutely love it. It’s casual and playful. Those are two things we hadn’t seen much of from Posh in a few years at the time this photo was taken so it was nice to see those characteristics return. It’s a very casual look which is something Posh doesn’t do often so I think it was a welcome surprise. Aside from that, it really showed off her short cut’s versatility which I always appreciate.
2010 was a quiet year for Posh and her hair but by 2011 she was back, showing off longer hair in May. While it was still more medium length than long, it was clear she was moving towards leaving the short cropped looks behind. While this look is fairly plain as far as Victoria Beckham hair goes, it’s still lovely on her. I love the color and I love the sort of casual feel.
Perhaps Victoria has decided to keep her hair long so she can experiment with up-dos like this beautiful style she rocked in November. Elegant, sophisticated and mature, Victoria really stepped up her look in this one, complimenting the style with dramatic eye makeup and stripped down lips. I don’t think there is a thing I would change about this one. It’s absolutely lovely.
By 2012, the Pob and the pixie cut are long forgotten memories with Posh sporting much longer, natural locks. In February of 2012, Posh was photographed with a stylish, retro style pony tail that manages to look both glamorous and casual. I love the strands of hair framing her face and the height at the crown of her head. Of course, you had to know that if Posh was going to do a pony tail, it would have to be a pony tail with a twist. Great look!
March 2012 brought one of my absolute favorite long hair styles Victoria has worn to date. This is all her natural hair and that beautiful, glossy shine is just breathtaking. I love the waves, I love the length, I love the color – I just love this look as a whole. For a while, it looked like this may be the look Posh finally settled on but later in the month …
Victoria tweeted that she had chopped her hair off again! I’m not sure that I’m really surprised though. Posh has never been one to keep any hairstyle for any length of time, regardless of how flattering it is. A short time after the tweet, the above photo of Victoria’s shorter locks was taken. I still like the length and I like her romantic soft waves. Very nicely done. The only question I’m left with is what she’ll do next?