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

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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…

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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

 

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Un’australiana a Roma, 1987

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Dead Calm, 1989

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Far and Away, 1992

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Malice, 1993  (keeps getting lighter)

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Batman Forever, 1995  (there goes the curl)

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Practical Magic, 1998

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

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The Others premiere, 2001

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Cold Mountain premiere, 2003

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Birth premiere, 2004

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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus premiere, 2006

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Nine premiere, 2009

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

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Queen of the Desert premiere, 2015

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CMT Awards, 2016

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

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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 seven 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.

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  • 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.

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