A Wistful Look Back at Nicole Kidman’s Hair Through the Years


I remember first being introduced to Nicole Kidman in 1989’s Dead Calm with Sam Neill and that insane Billy Zane (still a great movie) and falling in love with her because of her hair. Finally, there was a celebrity with hair I could relate to; big, frizzy, uncontrollable and wild. Having been surrounded by normal-haired people my whole life, teased about whether or not I regularly stuck my finger in a wall socket and generally, never having won a single battle over my ridiculous mess of hair, I felt instantly bonded to Kidman. Thus decades of insatiable hair-watching was kicked off; I pored over anything I could read on how she felt about, and cared for hers. Heck, even Tom Cruise was powerless over those gorgeous, oft red curls…



But as the years have passed, I noticed Kidman was going the way of most curly-haired actressed — smooth and straight (I’m talking to you too, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) — and it fills me with sadness. Prepping this week’s fashion post, I saw a recent photo of Nicole’s lifeless, blondified locks, and felt the need to document her hairdays gone by. So, from her Thunderously glorious curls to her vibrant Moulin Rouged waves; from full Windrider volume to Veronica Lake-ish Batman Forever daysjoin me in this wistful look back at the evolution of Kidman’s Far and Away hair.

Skin Deep, 1983




Un’australiana a Roma, 1987



Dead Calm, 1989




Far and Away, 1992



Malice, 1993  (keeps getting lighter)



Batman Forever, 1995  (there goes the curl)



Practical Magic, 1998



Eyes Wide Shut premiere, 1999 (At least it’s still reddish and frizzy? I blame proximity to Scientology.)



The Others premiere, 2001



Cold Mountain premiere, 2003



Birth premiere, 2004



Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus premiere, 2006



Nine premiere, 2009



Before I Go to Sleep premiere, 2014 (the color just keeps getting worse)



Queen of the Desert premiere, 2015



CMT Awards, 2016



Oh, Nicole, what have you done to your beautiful hair?




It’s okay, we’ll always think of you like this.

MINT's Nicole Kidman Series

MINT’s Nicole Kidman Series

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over eight years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

You may also like...

  • Freetheklingons

    I avoid NC for reasons, so I have never really seen how much she has changed over the years/roles. Yeah, you have to wonder how difficult it is to fight that kind of natural curl. Wow. All Hail the Mighty Flatiron, I guess..

    • My hair laughs at hair straightening devices.

  • emmalita

    Her hair, her face, and she used to be able to act. It seems like her persona took her over.

    • Staramour

      Or the Botox. I’d use an exclamation point on that sentence, but Botox prohibits such expressiveness.

  • MissAmynae

    **pours one out for the hairsies**

  • kdm

    Nicole Kidman looked beyond glorious in Moulin Rouge. The style, the sass, the HAIR…perfection.