Reese Witherspoon's Hair Evolution Proves That Her Locks Have Just as Much Range as She Does

402029 03: Actress Reese Witherspoon arrives at the Fulfillment Fund's College Pathways Project March 08, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. The College Pathways Project provides Los Angeles high schools with mentoring to pursue an advanced education. (Photo by Sebastian Artz/Getty Images)
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From terminally annoying teacher's pets, to country music legends, to fiercely determined sorority girls, Reese Witherspoon can play anything. Over the course of her Hollywood tenure, Reese Witherspoon's hair has proven to be just as versatile as her acting chops. We've seen this famous blonde cycle through the modified Rachel, the flipped-up bob, the sock bun, and the inevitable brown hair experiment. With each changing hairstyle, it seems like we get to know her a little better. 

On Friday, Witherspoon returns to the silver screen in the much-anticipated film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's Wild. Because we have plenty of great "existential hair crises" to look forward to in that movie, let's take a look back at Reese's hair-volution.

2001

Ah, the shoulder-length shag. I’m dying to fasten some butterfly clips into this ‘do. 

2001

While Reese’s peers were crimping, layering, and getting non-blended highlights in the early aughts, she kept things classic with a curly bob. 

2002

Who can forget the flipped-up bob circa Sweet Home Alabama?

2002

That flippy bob cleans up nice with a retro hairstyle, reminiscent of Grace Kelly. 

2003

And then, the bob flips out even more! Curling irons are magical…

2004

Remember when she dyed her hair brown to play June Carter Cash and the world couldn’t deal?

2005

Next year, she returned to her blonde roots, giving this bouncy, layered look a try. I call this “the nieu Rachel.” 

2005

Blair Waldorf’s got nothing on Reese’s headband game. 

2007

For the 2007 award season, she rocked her long locks in a pin-straight do. 

2008

Then, she chopped off about eight inches, which yielded this perfect bob. 

2008

Back to the Betty Draper. This is an A-plus. 

2009

This woman may have the most perfect side-bangs in Hollywood history. 

2010

That fringe always cooperates. 

2011

Even when it’s swept back for a sock-bun undo. 

2012

Later on, she grew out those iconic bangs and experimented with a middle part. 

2013

Brown hair was calling to her in 2013 once again. 

2014

We have arrived at our final destination: the curly lob. It’s signature Reese, with a modern flare.