Zendaya's Hairstylist Ursula Stephen Reveals the All-Star Details Behind Her Blonde Transformation

Zendaya wowed at the Challengers premiere in Australia after debuting blonde hair. The star's hairstylist Ursula Stephen exclusively told E! News all about the transformation.

By Alyssa Morin Mar 26, 2024 11:38 PMTags
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Zendaya proved once again why she's an all-star on the red carpet.

While attending the Australian premiere of her new film Challengers, the Euphoria star not only dressed in a tennis-themed ensemble (a nod to her character in the movie), but she also debuted a blonde hair transformation.

That's right, the 27-year-old said goodbye to her signature brunette strands and opted for a lighter look that consisted of a mix between honey and sandy blonde shades.

"She has been wanting to go blonde for quite some time," Zendaya's hairstylist Ursula Stephen exclusively told E! News, "and felt this press run was the right time. Her colorist did a great job at customizing the right blonde for her."

For the March 26 event, Ursula gave the actress a glamorous updo that featured tousled twists and soft side-swept curls to frame her face. To "keep this effortless updo in place for the night," the hairstylist said she used SexyHair's Spray & Play Hairspray and The Hair Shop's 18" Skinny Clip-ins for extra volume.

Zendaya's Best Looks

Zendaya paired her bombshell tresses with a glittery green Loewe dress that sparkled against the black-and-white backdrop at the State Theatre. As Ursula noted, "The hair should never compete with the look."

In fact, the Spider-Man star's custom design, which Law Roach styled, also included a thigh-high slit, plunging neckline and black-embellished silhouette of a tennis player holding a racket and hitting a tennis ball into the air.

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And in true Zendaya fashion, no detail went unnoticed: She served some game, set, matching style by coordinating her gown with sparkly green eye makeup, too.

It's no secret the actress is the MVP of any red carpet, but her latest makeover comes less than a month after she surprised fans with yet another new hairstyle in the form of a shoulder-grazing bob

While attending Essence's Black Women in Hollywood Awards on March 7, the Dune: Part Two star turned heads with her fresh cut and futuristic-inspired look.

And she's not the only one to push the style boundaries.

Keep reading to see all of the other celebrities who have made drastic hair changes in recent months.

Megan Fox

The Transformers actress returned to her dark brown tresses and debuted a sassy bob in May 2024, a month after she dyed her hair blue to enter what she dubbed her "Jedi era."

Dannielynn Birkhead

At age 17, the daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith debuted a new lob hairstyle overnight during 2024 Kentucky Derby weekend, which she attended with dad Larry Birkhead.

Demi Lovato

The singer debuted a lighter, shorter 'do in April 2024.

Kelly Osbourne

The Fashion Police alum debuted a blonde bombshell hair transformation May 8.

Kim Kardashian

Back to blonde: Kim debuted a new platinum 'do in April 2024.


The Fenty Beauty founder debuted a bright blonde hair transformation April 17 while celebrating her latest Fenty x Puma collection in London.

Delilah Belle Hamlin

The model debuted a bleach blonde pixie cut at the FRAME event April 4.

Megan Fox

The Jennifer's Body star traded in her bubblegum pink tresses for a baby blue bob, which she debuted April 2.


Less than a month afer chopping her hair into a long bob, Zendaya debuted a honey blonde transformation at the Challengers premiere March 26.

Elle Fanning

The Great star ushered in spring with a fresh cut, as she debuted a long bob March 25.

Rachel McAdams

The Mean Girls alum swapped out her signature blonde hair for a dark brunette transformation on March 18.

Bre Tiesi

The Selling Sunset star looked completely unrecognizable after debuting a dramatic blonde transformation March 16.

Kelly Osbourne

The Fashion Police alum ditched her signature purple hair after six years, tinting it an icy silver in March 2024. 


The Dune actress debuted a shoulder-grazing bob at Essence's Black Women in Hollywood Awards March 7.

Sydney Sweeney

The Anyone But You star made a showstopping appearance at Miu Miu's fall/winter 2024-2025 show during Paris Fashion Week. For the March 5 event, she unveiled a dramatic long bob haircut.

Zoey Deutch

To prepare for her upcoming role as  Jean Seberg, the 29-year-old debuted a bleached blonde pixie cut.

Anne Hathaway

The Princess Diaries alum unveiled fringe bangs at the 2024 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Selena Gomez

The star debuted a bangin' new style at the premiere of her friend Nicola Peltz Beckham's film Lola in February 2024.

Jennifer Lopez

The "On the Floor" singer made a dramatic hair change, as she debuted a chin-grazing bob cut at Schiaparelli's haute couture spring/summer 2024 show on Jan. 22.

Gypsy Rose Blanchard

In January 2024, a month after her prison release, the now-influencer shared a pic of herself sporting a shorter 'do.

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner traded in her dark locks for a pink 'do in January 2024.

Julianne Hough

In January 2024, the Dancing With the Stars personality shared a video of herself cutting her own hair. "Out with the old energy," she wrote, "and in with the new."

Kate Beckinsale

The Underworld actress took the plunge and went full blonde, while also debuting a short bob haircut.

Riley Keough

The Daisy Jones & The Six actress debuted jet-black hair on Nov. 2.

Eva Longoria

The Flamin' Hot director recently showcased her dramatic transformation, debuting a choppy, layered bob on Nov. 9.

Alix Earle

The TikToker debuted a fresh haircut, revealing a long bob.

Miley Cyrus

After rocking platinum blonde tresses for years, Miley officially returned to her brunette roots to model Gucci's new collection.

Kate Middleton

The royal recently showed off her new curtain bangs during a public appearance on Sept. 27.

Megan Fox

The actress recently debuted a bright red hair color and equally bold blunt bob haircut.

Cara Delevingne

The supermodel debuted a punk-rock hairstyle at Vogue's World Show during London Fashion Week on Sept. 14

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