25 Times We Wanted To Copy Reese Witherspoon’s Hair

Refinery29 | Rachel Lubitz

She educated us on perms and endorphins in Legally Blonde, inspired us to cut our hair after Sweet Home Alabama, and if you put a photo of her from Cruel Intentions beside a shot from Big Little Lies, you wouldn’t be able to tell any time had passed. It’s kind of ridiculous how good she looks, so our only explanation is that she’s discovered the Fountain of Youth and has been sipping from it for years.

In honor of her birthday this past weekend, we’re paying tribute with a beauty evolution that proves age is just a number, and celebrates Reese’s best red carpet moments.

1994
When Reese first stepped onto the Hollywood scene, she was practically Cher Horowitz ‘s twin. Her thick, long hair that appears as though it was brushed at least 100 times a day isn’t even fair.
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1996
Two years later, and Witherspoon had cut her hair into a chin-length bob post- Fear.
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1998
There’s nothing more ’90s than a brick-red lip and powder-blue top.
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2000
She went blonde and bare-faced for a red carpet event in 2000 — and looks stunning.
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2001
Witherspoon opted for barrel curls and minimal makeup for her second walk down the Golden Globes carpet.
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2002
At the 74th Annual Academy Awards, the actress looked like a ’20s flapper with her molded curls and sleek cut.
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2004
Goodbye, blonde. Hello, gorgeous, rich, chocolate brunette.
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2004
With a tan, dark hair, and pink lips, we barely recognize the actress here
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2005
Witherspoon went back to her roots, but kept a few darker strands to warm up her face.
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2006
Her subtle cat-eye and rosy lip look didn’t fail her the night she won her first Oscar.
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2007
The most popular bangs in Hollywood made their first real appearance in 2007, and they’re just as cool a decade later.
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2008
Back to the bob. This time, Witherspoon chose an asymmetrical cut to flatter her sharp bone structure.
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2010
Even celebrities have to go through the awkward bangs phase — but she’s working it.
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2011
Witherspoon helped turn the lob into a trend way back when.
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2011
Witherspoon rocked a classic bump and half-up updo for the Water for Elephants premiere in Sydney, Australia.
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2012
The hairstyle that made us all wonder which salt spray she uses.
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2013
Here’s proof that Old Hollywood glamour will never, ever fail you.
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2013
The actress is just like us in that it seems she’s always cutting her hair short whenever she’s in a rut.
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2014
There’s nothing like an intense bronze shadow to showcase blue eyes.
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2014
While the Big Little Lies star is rarely one to rock a bold lip, this orange-red look kills.
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2016
Gold, pink, and purple is the perfect color combo when it’s on Reese Witherspoon at the Oscars.
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2016
Loose waves and some lower lash liner are all you need to look completely pulled together.
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2017
Deep side parts are still going strong, as the actress showed us at the Golden Globes.
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2018
For the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Witherspoon channeled Old Hollywood yet again with retro waves and soft pink makeup that worked in perfect contrast with that emerald green gown.
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2019
While promoting the second season of Big Little Lies this year, Witherspoon revisited her love affair with stick-straight hair, a deep part, and rose-colored makeup that instantly brightens up her face. Sometimes, the best makeup is barely any makeup at all.
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