From Brunette Curls to Pixie Cuts, See Reese Witherspoon's Hair Transformation Over the Years

In case you missed it, Reese Witherspoon’s hair transformation has garnered plenty of attention on Instagram. Just last month, the Legally Blonde alum, 47, debuted bangs with her golden blonde locks, and fans are loving the subtle change. But this isn’t the only time we’ve seen the Louisiana native switch up her ‘do. From voluminous brunette curls to pixie cuts, keep scrolling to see the star’s most memorable hairstyles over the years.

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1. Blonde Beauty (1994)

Young Reese kept things sweet and simple with a full blow-out that’s giving all the Topanga Lawrence vibes.

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2. Copper Blonde Long Bob (1996)

While attending The Frighteners world premiere, the star turned heads in a simple blue dress and short copper blonde locks.

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3. The “Gwen Stefani” (1997)

Witherspoon posted this ’90s throwback on IG and wrote, "Going through some old photos and pretty sure @gwenstefani is responsible for this hair trend, @drewbarrymore inspired these eyebrows and @jaredleto is responsible for my leather choker.”

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4. Blonde Bombshell (1998)

Um, Kristen Stewart, is that you?

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5. The Cruel Intentions Cut (1999)

We can’t forget Annette Hargrove’s iconic blonde hairstyle from Cruel Intentions.

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6. Sleek Low Pony (2000)

Witherspoon kept it classy with a sleek low bun while attending the Hollywood premiere of Little Nicky.

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7. Curls for Days (2002)

Witherspoon’s voluminous, shiny curls are worthy of a beauty ad, TBH.

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8. The Messy Updo (2003)

It’s not easy to pull off a messy updo that still looks classy, but Witherspoon certainly nailed it at the German premiere of Legally Blonde 2.

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9. Dark Hair, Don’t Care (2004)

Witherspoon may be known for her signature blonde locks, but did you know that her natural hair color is brown? At the Vanity Fair New York premiere, she returned to her roots and stepped out with brunette curls.

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10. Highlights (2005)

The actress returned to her golden blonde hair while attending the Just Like Heaven premiere in Los Angeles.

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11. Half-Up, Half-Down (2006)

The Home Again star proved that she can rock any ‘do—including this half-up, half-down style at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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12. Bring on the Bangs (2009)

After rocking bangs for her holiday film, Four Christmases, Witherspoon took her look to the next level by adding curls.

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13. The Ballerina Bun (2011)

We’re kind of obsessed with Witherspoon’s sleek high bun at LACMA's Art and Film Gala.

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14. Bleach Blonde with Dark Roots (2012)

Witherspoon joined a long list of celebs who’ve rocked this hair trend, from Drew Barrymore to Courtney Love.

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15. The Asymmetrical Bob (2014)

The uneven bob is already making a comeback, so we wouldn't be too surprised if Witherspoon decided to revisit this classic style.

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16. Sleek Half-Up Pompadour (2015)

Allow us to introduce Snooki’s signature pompadour style, but with an elegant twist.


17. Pin Straight Hair (2017)

As much as we love seeing Witherspoon’s hair curled, this pin-straight look is also a winner.

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18. The Bouncy Bob (2019)

The actress looked dazzling in short curls (with a little volume) at the Big Little Lies press conference.

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19. Beachy Waves (2021)

You can never go wrong with long, wavy hair.

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20. Elegant Bun (2022)

One of the best ways to showcase your facial features? Pull your hair back into an elegant bun. The star looked radiant at Apple TV+'s Surface New York Premiere.

21. Back to Bangs (2023)

On Instagram, the proud mom debuted fresh bangs while posing with her son Tennessee, and of course, fans loved it. One follower wrote, "Loving the bangs!"

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