There’s no denying Serena Williams's skills on the tennis courts, but did you know she’s also been blessing us with hair inspiration for decades? Whether she’s winning at Wimbledon or hitting the red carpets, the 41-year-old athlete has rocked many iconic looks over the last 25 years. Seriously, who can forget her and her sister Venus’s colorfully beaded braids at the beginning of their careers? Or her blonde era in the early ‘00s? If you need more examples, we took a trip down memory lane to give you Serena Williams’s hair evolution from 1998 to now.
Serena Williams's Hair Evolution—from Sleek Bobs to Voluminous Curls
2001: Blonde Babe
The early ‘00s became Serena’s blonde era. Whether she was wearing it in a ponytail on the court or dressing it down for the Gridiron Glamour Celebrity Fashion Show, Williams often rocked micro braids near the roots and kept the rest of her hair in straight blonde locks.
2003: Serena Slam Highlights
In 2003, Williams became the fifth woman to hold all Grand Slam titles, which was soon dubbed the “Serena Slam.” At the same time, she returned to her natural brown hue and added a pop of blonde highlights that really shined at the 2003 EPSY Awards.
2017: Bubble Braid
Just a few months after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., Serena returned to the red carpet rocking an off-the-shoulder bubble braid decorated with stunning gold accessories to compliment her gown.
2018: Royal Wedding Ready
The tennis star was among the many celebs at the royal wedding of Meghan Markle (her bestie, FYI) and Prince Harry. She sported box braids in a high ponytail along with a chic pink accessory for the ceremony.
2021: Wet Look
The ‘wet look’ was huge in 2021 and the Grand Slam champion stayed on top of the trend at the closing premiere of King Richard, where she showed off the look (along with a showstopping smokey eye and nude lips).
2023: Honey Blonde Curls
Retirement is looking good on Williams. At the 54th Annual NAACP Awards, the 41-year-old showed off a head full of soft voluminous curls, which she’s also been seen rocking at NYFW and LFW recently.
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