One Direction's First VMAs Appearance Reminds Us How Much Their Hair Has Changed (And, Well, Grown) Over The Years

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Singers Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction arrive at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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Considering the upcoming 2015 VMA Awards will mark One Direction's first VMAs as a foursome, it seems kind of appropriate to revisit their first-ever VMAs appearance ever. And given all the 1D hiatus speculation, there's a chance this year might just be the last time we see them on the MTV stage. Grab some tissues and cue the reminiscing. 

Love 'em or hate 'em, you have to admit — One Direction has seriously amazing style. So it's no surprise that their VMA debut back in 2012 was actually pretty darn stylish and not at all embarassing. Celebs always seem to have downright cringeworthy red carpet appearances from back in their early days, but 1D knew how to work a red carpet from the very start. Proud fan girl over here.

Though their clothing was that standard One Direction polished-British-gent-meets-cool-guy-edgy look: black and gray suits, pocket squares, a henley and some plaid, their hair definitely warrants some talking about. Some things have definitely changed since 2012 in the hair department.

While Liam and Louis haven't deviated too drastically from their early styles, Harry and Niall (and, well, Zayn), have definitely had some hair evolution. I mean, I'm kind of just wondering if Harry's had a haircut at all since then?

Babies!

Though Louis's current hairstyle is slightly tousled and a bit longer, it's still generally the same style as it was back in 2012. He was just, you know, a little more slick back then. 

Liam's hair is, like, literally the same. But if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

We need to take a moment to remember Zayn, who was rocking some kind of blonde skunk stripe in his hair.

IT WAS COOL AT THE TIME, OK?

Niall's color was looking different as well, with darker roots and a bit less blonde. Which brings us to Harry Styles and his covetable curls.

Though it was still long, Harry's hair was nowhere near as long as it is now. I mean, there was no chance of a man bun back in the day. Plus, he's got that styled swoop going on. Now he just kind of lets it all hang out there.

But like, all good things are wild and free. 

Oh, how far they've come.

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