Sarah Jessica Parker’s Beauty Evolution Is *Full* Of Statement-Making Hairstyles

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While her signature blonde curls made her recognizable as Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker’s beauty evolution goes far beyond her beloved character. From blue eyeshadow to sculptural updos, take a look at the star’s best looks over the years.

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In the early 1980s, Parker appeared in the CBS sitcom Square Pegs wearing her natural brown curls. Her curly bangs and half-up style added a youthful innocence to the look.CBS Photo Archive/CBS/Getty Images
Sarah Jessica Parker often reminisces on the ‘80s, and this fantastically of-the-era hairstyle proves why. Years before the infamous scrunchie debate on Sex and the City, SJP wore a bright white one on a 1986 red carpet, on the arm of then-beau Robert Downey, Jr.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
Even in the mid-’90s, catching Sarah Jessica Parker with straight hair was a rarity. At the 1996 premiere of The Cable Guy, she appeared on the red carpert with short (for her, anyway) golden brown hair blown out into smooth, glossy waves, complete with a polished side-part.Michael Ochs Archives/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Sarah Jessica Parker has always been the ultimate curly hair inspiration, unafraid to tease out big, fluffy volume or put them up in whimsical, ‘90s-perfect hairstyles. This glam, intricate updo at the season one premiere of Sex and the City in 1998 helped make her an instant beauty icon.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
In 1998, the world was introduced to Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, whose effortless beauty looks balanced out her sometimes zany ensembles. With minimal makeup and beachy blonde curls, the actress became instantly recognizable as her fashion-forward character.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
Parker’s curls had become her trademark, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t capable of switching things up. At the season five premiere of Sex and the City in 2002, the star debuted a wispy bob with a zig-zag part. To up the Y2K trend factor, she also wore frosty eye makeup and soft pink lipstick.Jim Spellman/WireImage/Getty Images
Parker rarely strays from shades of blonde, which is why her auburn locks made such a splash in 2005. At the premiere of The Family Stone, her freshly dyed hair was pushed back with a black headband, falling over her shoulders in soft, voluminous waves.PA Images/PA Images/Getty Images
After her brief stint as a redhead, Parker was back to blonde in no time. In 2007, she was sporting long, tousled waves and dark roots that softly transitioned into lighter shades.Brian ZAK/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images
For the 2009 Academy Awards, Parker leaned into Old Hollywood glam with full, glossy curls in a slightly darker shade of blonde. She also played up the teal color of her dress by adding soft blue eyeshadow along with her go-to smoky liner.Ian West - PA Images/PA Images/Getty Images
As her career progressed, Parker began taking more risks on the red carpet — namely with her hairstyles. In 2012, she appeared with an intricately knotted updo and embraced her grays with chic herringbone highlights.Lars Niki/Corbis Entertainment/Getty Images
While out in New York City in 2015, Parker opted for straight brown hair with subtle blonde highlights. Her love for smoky, sultry eye makeup was evident, with tons of smudged-out liner accentuating her baby blues.Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Sarah Jessica Parker’s blonde was back in full force in 2019. For an event in Italy, she wore it elegantly tucked behind one ear while soft waves cascaded around one shoulder. Her sexy smoky eye perfectly complemented her black gown.Daniele Venturelli/WireImage/Getty Images
Parker let her herringbone highlights shine yet again at the New York premiere of And Just Like That, this time with a sleeker look. A neat topknot was secured at the crown of her head, while a brown smoky eye added an elegant softness.Jamie McCarthy/WireImage/Getty Images
The Met Gala is the time to go all out with beauty looks and Parker certainly got the memo in 2022. Her massive looped updo was almost as eye-catching as her tall feathered fascinator and glamorous striped gown.Mike Coppola/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

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