Thank U, Next (Wig)

One taught me love, one taught me patience, one taught me pain.

If you have ever experimented with putting on different wigs you know that these lyrics are definitely applicable. However, for Ariana Grande and the song these lyrics originate from, wigs seem to be a piece of cake… .

Perhaps the biggest media moments of 2018 were both the drop of Ariana Grande’s single “Thank U, Next” and the accompanying video. The song was released on November 3rd, 2018, and rose to #1 on music charts in record time. Highly anticipated, the video was released on November 30th, 2018 and received 100 million views in just two days! It’s no secret that Ariana Grande is the queen of pop, and now it seems she is also the queen of pop culture. You can even check out a parody of the song here.

If you love fashion, the early 00’s, hair, and makeup as much as we do you probably loved this video. It follows Grande through four major female-led films from the early 00s: Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, 13 Going on 30, and Bring It On. Not only did it make us feel nostalgia for our childhood, it also called to our love of all things beauty. Grande took the classic fashion and style of the era and put a modern twist on them, using elaborate wigs, airbrushed makeup, and other classic Ariana-style pieces such as this iconic pink plastic jacket.

Because of our vested interest in hair, makeup, and beauty in general we couldn’t help but notice that Miss Grande wears approximately four wigs throughout the video, and that’s only her. The video featured probably closer to one wig per person, and honestly? Consider our wigs snatched!

Without further ado, here are all of the amazing wigs we saw in “Thank U, Next”.

Long, Sleek, & Blonde

Regina George could never. In the first film callback of the video we see Ariana sporting a long, sleek blonde wig as she portrays Regina George from Mean Girls. Not a color we typically see on Ariana in her everyday life, this shiny wig really transformed her into the high school drama queen from this 2004 classic.

High & Tight Pony

Ariana truly channeled her inner cheerleader with this slicked-back pony. More of a recognizable Ariana staple, this high pony was featured in all the callback scenes of Bring It On. We ask ourselves — how does she keep her extensions this smooth during the scene where she’s rolling around on a bed? Ariana we have to know, where do you get your wigs and extensions?

Short & Super Sweet

In another non-Ariana style she wears a short and simple brown wig for the 13 Going on 30 scenes. Since we know that Ariana’s natural hair is a soft, curly brown, we’re wondering if this one was in fact a wig. It’s definitely possible that her hair crew could have straightened and styled her hair for this scene, or she could be sporting yet another wig. The tell-tale signs of a wig are unnatural-looking parts, peekaboo natural hairs, or hair that looks stiff and immovable. What do you think?

High Ponytail, the Remix

The final amazing look we get to see on Ariana is her high-fashion, Barbie Doll look in reference to Legally Blonde. Perhaps the most difficult wig to wear, you can see that Ariana has put another twist on a classic “Ariana” look. The high ponytail for these scenes is accompanied by a long, ombre section of hair falling past her face, at one point with flowers tied into it. We have to ask: is this piece her natural hair or is it part of the wig? If it is part of the wig, is it a different wig from the one used in Bring It On scenes? We need answers!

Thank U, Next Wig Please

Some of the other wigs in the video can be seen on her costars: Liz Gillies as Cady Heron, an unnamed character played by Scott Nicholson (one of Grande’s backup dancers), and Gabi Demartino all in the Mean Girls portion of the video. While Demartino is actually wearing extensions, it’s clear that there’s no shortage of fake hair in this video.

Which of these wigs or extensions are your favorite? With what we know and teach at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy, about hair and wigs in general, we’re extremely impressed with the quality of each used in the video. Wigs, whether they’re lace-front, monofilament, machine-weft, or hand tied, can be a difficult beast to master. They tend to have problems like falling off, showing natural hair, or using low-quality strands that fall out or burn when styled.

Ariana obviously has a team of professionals in charge of her hair and makeup, each of whom likely has extensive training in cosmetology or makeup artistry. Think you’re ready for a career in beauty? Maybe you could find yourself working behind the scenes in a famous artist’s music video one day!

You can learn more about different types of wigs and their application process here, and if you would like to know more about our school and what we teach during our cosmetology or makeup up programs, contact us today!