Charlize Theron’s Hair Evolution Proves She’s A True Beauty Chameleon

Every cut looks good on her.

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Charlize Theron is known for her impressive acting chops, impactful charity contributions, and stellar beauty looks. In those beauty looks her hair is always most eye catching. From a short blonde pixie to a sleek bob, Charlize Theron’s hair evolution proves she can rock any cut and color. San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst Newspapers via Getty Images
In the early years of her fame (circa 1996) Theron leaned into the classic ‘90s starlet look with this soft updo and face framing curtain bangs. Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
In that same year Theron also sported a flippy bob — another quintessential hairstyle for ‘90s It Girls. Allan Tannenbaum/Archive Photos/Getty Images
In a drastic turn, the actor went jet black and very short in 1999 with this cut. The short choppy bangs gave the look an experimental edge, definitely making it one of her most notable looks.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
It’s very possible that the previous black bob was a wig because just a few months later that year Theron was blonder than before in this Old Hollywood pin curl updo. Steve Eichner/Archive Photos/Getty Images
The year 2000 marked Theron’s Barbie era as evidenced by her long glossy blonde locks. The volume in the side part and the perfectly shaped barrel curls at the bottom give this look a doll-like effect. Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
In 2001, Theron wore one of her sleekest looks to date. The slicked down side part bun gives way for her thin eyebrows and dark smoky eye to take center stage — an early aughts look if you’ve ever seen one. Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
Like the beauty chameleon she is, Theron went from sleek and sexy to soft and curly in a matter of months. Keeping her now signature short length, these soft curls were a welcomed addition to her hair repertoire. Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
By 2004, Theron’s length had grown down to her collarbone and her blonde shade seemed even brighter — though she still loved a soft curl moment.Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic/Getty Images
In 2006, Theron ditched her signature blonde in favor of a dark luxe brunette shade with subtle highlights. Marc Marnie/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Though the brunette was a vibe, she couldn’t stay away from her beloved blonde for long. In 2008 she opted for dimension with dark highlights and curls throughout. Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage/Getty Images
In 2012, Theron chopped off her blonde locks for a brunette (possibly her root color) pixie, while also letting her greys peek through.JB Lacroix/WireImage/Getty Images
With her cut a little grown out, Theron went back to blonde and rocked this forward-combed tousled pixie in 2013. Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images
Arguably one of her best beauty moments, Theron stunned at the 2014 Oscars in a black plunging neckline dress and her growing pixie (now more of a bixie) combed to perfection in a sleek side part. Dan MacMedan/WireImage/Getty Images
From bixie to inverted lob effortlessly, Theron’s hair in 2017 looked every bit mature and sophisticated. Christian Petersen/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images
In 2018, she revived her soft waves in this neck-length bob. Tibrina Hobson/WireImage/Getty Images
Theron must’ve been missing her pixie because in 2019 the star went right back to the ultra short cut — still in her signature sleek side part comb over. Jason Mendez/WireImage/Getty Images
Call her indecisive but in 2021 Theron grew her hair back out to a bob and looked every bit of stylish doing so. She clearly lives by the ‘new year, new me’ motto — well at least new year, new hair. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
These days Theron is still keeping fans on their toes — her latest look was this edgy dark mullet that suits her just as well as any other style she’s donned. Only time will tell here the star’s hair journey goes next. Steve Granitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images

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