From a sweet young schoolboy to a shaved-head hottie, we track the former One Direction star's ever-changing styles...

Oh my, hasn’t he changed?

When Zayn Malik first hit our screens back in 2010 during an audition for the X Factor, he was a shy and timid schoolboy who was so scared to dance in public that he ran off stage – Simon Cowell had to coax him back on! With his long and unkempt fringe, no sign of facial hair and an obvious lack of confidence, Zayn looked – and acted – like any other awkward schoolboy.

But then things started to look up for the fresh-faced star. He got paired with four other solo artists, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles, with the help of X Factor’s boss Simon and Nicole Scherzinger – a judge on the reality show at the time – and One Direction was born.

Cue the cool haircut, checked shirts, leather jackets and diamonte earring for Zayn. His bushy eyebrows also become tamed – no doubt with the help of the X Factor stylist Lou Teasdale, who has continued to style the four other members of One Direction to today.

Despite coming fourth on the reality show, Zayn and the boys became a world phenomenon. In September 2011 they headed on their Up All Night Tour, which started in the UK and Ireland but expanded to North America. During this period Zayn still remained fresh-faced, if a little weary from all the travelling in pictures.

The following year, and millions of Twitter fans later, 22-year-old Zayn, who by this point had started dating Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards, unveiled a quirky blonde streak in his quiff during the band’s performance of the closing ceremony of the Olympics. It didn’t take the star to dye over it, grow a fringe and style his luscious locks in a flicked out ‘do.

He then grew a beard before doing a u-turn on the fringe and opting for a slicked back style. He was even pictured wearing a headband a la nineties David Beckham! An interesting look…

After that, in late 2014, Zayn debuted a ponytail during the X Factor live final where Ben Haenow won – a look we were never really convinced by.

With the annoucement that Zayn was leaving the band to pursue solo projects in March 2015, the hunk changed his hairstyle no doubt to reflect his new path in life, shaving it off with a drastic number one cut on the side. Out with the old and in with the new as they say!

And proving he’s still conscious as ever about cutting edge fashion and style, Zayn recently bleached his barnet white AND still managed to look good. What a babe!

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