Cardi B has had quite the year and today, the star is celebrating her 26th birthday. From performing at Coachella, sharing the spotlight with Beyoncé to giving birth to her first child, Kulture with husband Offset, the world waits with baited breath to see just what she'll do next. In recent months, the rapper set a historical chart-topping record and has continued to earn critical affirmation at industry events from the American Music Awards and to the MTV VMAs.
And yet as spontaneous as her music and larger-than-life personality, the Bronx-bred rapper has another still another skill that deserves recognition—increasingly embracing her status as a master of the beauty quick change. Whipping throughs styles from a chin-grazing pixie to a lime green lob and waist-length platinum curls, the new mother handles even the riskiest of hair switch ups with extreme ease, thanks to the help of transformative wigs and stealth extensions.
It's been a long time coming. Bursting onto the rap scene in 2016, on the sixth season of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York, Cardi made a name for herself in the beauty space with her down-to-there straight lengths, in varying tones of cherry red, raven, and platinum. At the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards last August, the singer showed off a swingy brunette bob. A mere week later, she sported a gray shoulder-skimming cut while sitting front row at New York Fashion Week—a look that perfectly matched her metallic, crystallized talons. Meanwhile, for the surprise reveal of her pregnancy on "Saturday Night Live," only emerald-green finger waves as sensational as her baby bump would do.