Kaley Cuoco’s Hair Evolution Over the Years

When it comes to celebrity inspo, Kaley Cuoco’s hair is at the forefront. While the 36-year-old actress is undoubtedly known for her golden locks, her hair has undergone quite the transformation since her career began on 8 Simple Rules.

From choppy layers to regrettable bangs, keep reading for all the details on Kaley Cuoco’s hair evolution.

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2002: Mandy Moore…But Blonder

Cuoco first gained popularity in 2002 when she starred as Bridget Hennessy in the popular ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules.

At the time, the actress donned a simple shoulder-length hairstyle with choppy layers around the face. Her thick blond highlights are giving us major Mandy Moore vibes circa early 2000s.

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2006: The Big Bang (Theory)

Since 8 Simple Rules ran for three successful seasons, Cuoco had to maintain her character’s signature haircut. However, that didn’t stop her from incorporating wispy bangs into her routine—a move that every girl has tried and (usually) ended up regretting.

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2010: Long Hair, Don't Care

With 8 Simple Rules far behind her, the actress grew her hair out to one of its longest lengths to date. Is it just us, or does Kaley look exactly like Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) from Westworld?

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2013: A Drastic Change

Cuoco turned heads at the 19th annual SAG Awards when she walked the red carpet with a never-before-seen hairdo, featuring platinum blond locks and a full set of bangs. Bazinga!

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2013: …Just Kidding

One month later, her hair was business as usual.

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2015: The Pixie Cut

In 2015, Kaley debuted an all-new style in the form of a sandy pixie cut. The actress opted for an edgy look, which included shorter sides with longer hair on top to act as bangs. (Third time’s a charm?)

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2016: Growing Pains

We’re all too familiar with the awkward growing-out process. Nevertheless, Cuoco managed to make it look like a cinch, rocking a layered bob that fell just above her shoulders. Pro tip: Her shadow roots are ideal for ladies who can’t color their hair as often as they’d like.

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2017: The Lob

One year later, Cuoco stepped out in a chic lob (or “long bob.”) The actress curled her hair away from her face, creating an undone beachy look with loads of texture.

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2019: Beachy Waves

At the Los Angeles premiere of Between Two Ferns: The Movie, the actress styled her hair in a middle part, with loose waves falling down her back.

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2020: Edgy Layers

Cuoco added some layers around her face but kept the overall style the same. This is likely for continuity in The Flight Attendant.

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2022: Current Status

Cuoco attended the premiere of The Flight Attendant season 2 and debuted wispy bangs. While her roots are darker, they slowly fade into a golden blonde.


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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...