Jennifer Aniston Personally Started Some Of The All-Time Biggest Hair Trends

The impact is legendary.

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Since her earliest days on screen, Jennifer Aniston’s influence is far-reaching. Her sunny California-girl highlights and fresh-faced makeup are one thing, but “The Rachel” alone is excuse enough to look back at Jennifer Aniston’s beauty evolution.

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When Jennifer Aniston first arrived on the scene, she favored the minimalist makeup and free-flowing waves she’s still known for now, but in a distinctly ’90s flavor. She’d revisit dark hair colors a few more times over the years, but it’s still jarring to see Aniston sans her trademark blond.Barry King/WireImage/Getty Images
The now-iconic Rachel Cut first debuted in 1995, with the inaugural season of Friends. Layered, face-framing, and gently curled under, the hairstyle helped define the decade and immediately catapulted Jennifer Aniston to the A-list.NBC/NBCUniversal/Getty Images
By 1998, Jennifer Aniston’s dirty blond hair had grown out, and she often wore waves to red carpets and events. Notably, she’s all in on the deliciously ’90s skinny brow trend — delicately arched and paper-thin, they’re still one of the most polarizing beauty looks of all time.Michael Ochs Archives/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Few Hollywood relationships ever reached the fever pitch experienced by Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt. Though together for just six years total, they’re still routinely referenced. At this 2000 event, Aniston and Pitt both had long, blond hair — and possibly even matching highlights.Frank Trapper/Corbis Entertainment/Getty Images
This soft shade of golden blond was an immediate hit in 2004, as were Jennifer Aniston’s eye-obscuring side-bangs. Wildly popular among young celebrities, the bangs proved Aniston’s ability to incorporate trends without sacrificing her signature aesthetic.Getty Images/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
By 2007, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt had been divorced for a year. Forget a “revenge dress” — Aniston went for revenge hair, going back to her beachy center part and sultry, tousled waves at a string of premieres. With her golden tan and sun-flushed cheeks, she looks every bit the surfer.Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images
Rather than experimenting with extreme styles, Jennifer Aniston prefers to freshen up the red carpet with subtle tweaks. Her braided bangs, arcing over her forehead like a headband, add texture and detail to an otherwise simple blowout at the 2009 Golden Globes.Chris Farina/Corbis Entertainment/Getty Images
Behold, Jennifer Aniston at her blondest — and nearly her shortest, too. To kick off the 2010s, Aniston transformed her honey-colored hair into an almost-platinum lob, falling just past her shoulders in one of her closest-cropped cuts since The Rachel.Eamonn McCormack/WireImage/Getty Images
Even rarer than a Jennifer Aniston hair color change is a Jennifer Aniston red carpet updo. When she pulled her hair back for the 2015 Golden Globes, she interestingly chose a knotted bun loosely brushed back, rather than a more elaborate, sculpted updo. The casual glamour angle always works on her.Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images
Best Friends Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston have stayed close since their days on NBC, but the pair looked especially chic reuniting at a 2018 Chanel event. While Cox was still working her glossy, raven waves, Aniston went for bolder streaks of blond highlights through her own.WWD/Penske Media/Getty Images
These days, Jennifer Aniston still seems content with her beauty signatures, though her hair and makeup incorporate plenty of trendy 2020s touches like her subtle blond money piece. At the Murder Mystery 2 premiere, she’s radiant as ever.Steve Granitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images

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