25 Years of Jennifer Aniston’s Hair

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25 Years of Jennifer Aniston’s Hair
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When it comes to our all-time hair inspirations, Jennifer Aniston is forever our girl. From her days rocking The Rachel on Friends, to her always-chic red carpet style, she has been our hairstyle constant for almost our entire lives.

As news of her surprise-wedding broke last week, we took stock and realized how truly influential Jen has been on our beauty lives—and on our hair. She’s the sole reason we always look to update our look with subtle highlights, and why we firmly consider undone beach waves appropriate for every occasion. She is the North Star by which we steer our hairstyle ships; our love for her knows no bounds.

So it’s only fitting that we celebrate her—and her flawless locks—as our Woman Crush Wednesday. Let’s take a look back at 25 years of Jennifer Aniston’s hair.

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Jennifer Aniston is our ultimate hair inspiration. Let's take a look back at 25 years of her perfect hair.

At the NBC Allstars Party, 1990. Full brows, dark lipstick, natural hair. Further proof that Jen set beauty trends, even in her aspiring starlet days.

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At the Pediatric Aids Foundation Annual Picnic, 1995. The cut that launched a thousand ships. The Rachel, here shown in its impossibly shiny perfect form, was unavoidable in the mid '90s. And Jennifer makes this haircut look so amazing, it's easy to see why this cut was so essential back in the day.

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

At the D-Girl premiere, 1997. And now we see Jen's signature style begin to emerge: subtle, face-framing highlights in her very (very) shiny hair, neutral lips, glowing skin, lightly defined eyes. The 90s, alas, happened to all of our brows; we will not hold that against her.

Photo: Barry King/WireImage

At the Picture Perfect premiere, 1997. We're getting a little blonder, and as we do, we see the textured beach waves emerge for the first time.

Photo: Kevin Mazur Archive/WireImage

With Brad Pitt, 1998. You've probably never heard about, nor seen this couple before. Just a really low-key celebrity romance. The loosely-held twists are pretty experimental for Jen's hair; we love when she takes interesting chances with her look.

Photo: Barry King/WireImage

At the People's Choice Awards, 2001. Rocking rosy lips, tanned skin and this chic blunt bob, JA is the perfect example of how a major hair change doesn't have to totally derail your personal style.

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At the Emmys, 2002. Her hair is as golden and luminous as the Emmy she won. Please note that she was rocking a subtle ombre dye job many years before it was cool.

Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

At the SAG Awards, 2003. Slightly darker hair to go with her navy dress, she's wearing it pin-straight with some subtle, face-framing layers.

Photo: Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage

At the Along Came Polly premiere, 2004. BANGS ALERT; I REPEAT, WE HAVE BANGS. The long defined waves and side-swept fringe gives Jen an almost '60s ingenue look; she keeps it modern with glowing skin and a warm all-over caramel shade.

Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

At the Along Came Polly London Premiere, 2004. This low bun with loose, face-framing layers is adorable, but what we really need to talk about is her bold red lipstick. Aniston NEVER does bright lip color, but we are totally into this.

Photo: Tim Whitby/WireImage

At the premiere of Troy, 2004. This is the Platonic ideal of 'growing out bangs without looking awkward.' They've been incorporated into the rest of her hair in an adorable '70s-inspired flip that looks natural and beautifully intentional.

Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImage

At the Emmys, 2004. Hello, perfect beach waves. So glad to see you at a conservative event like the Emmys.

Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

At the Oscars, 2006. This is a hair looks we've seen many times from Jen in the past—stick-straight, shiny, long—but she keeps it really fresh with an angled front-part. This is also a really good way to grow out your bangs elegantly.

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At the People's Choice Awards, 2007. This is basically hyper-glam, impeccably highlighted second day hair; we WISH we woke up like this.

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

At the premiere of Marley and Me, 2008. We may never forgive Jennifer for convincing us to see perhaps the cryingest movie ever made; these honey-toned highlights atop an all-over lightened base go a long way in currying our favor again.

Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

At the He's Just Not That Into You premiere, 2009. This chic, unstructured updo is perfection. Not only does it work with Jen's plunging neckline, it also puts all of the focus on her perfect skin and baby blues.

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

At the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, 2009. Jen's curls are a little more structured here, and her highlights are tempered with some subtle lowlights for additional depth. Her understated makeup (A+ on the blush game, Aniston) lets her hair be the star of the show.

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At the Golden Globes, 2010. This is like Peak Jennifer Aniston's Hair: shiny and glossy, with lots of volume and movement. Total beach babe perfection.

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At the premiere of The Switch, 2010. Jen took her hair slightly darker and more ash-toned going into Fall 2010; as usual, she did the Fall 'bronde' before it was cool.

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

At the premiere of Just Go With It, 2011. Jennifer keeps the wave in this style limited to the ends of her hair, allowing the crown to remain voluminous. We really appreciate how these little tweaks keep her hair always looking beautiful and fun, rather than boring.

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

At the launch of her fragrance, 2011. Sporting a stylish, nearly platinum lob and pale pink lips, Jen's hair is still our summer inspiration.

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Getting her hand and footprints done at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, 2011. This is basically the modern Rachel, and we are SO INTO IT.

Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

At the screening of Five, 2011. Her hair is icy blonde and long, which perfectly compliments the slightly more dramatic eyeliner she's rocking. The light bend at the ends prevents this cool color from looking too harsh and severe. Bonus points for the lighter colored brows that work with the very blonde hair.

Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

At the American Cinematheque 26th Annual Award Presentation To Ben Stiller, 2012. The lowlights are back; we notice that she usually pairs slightly darker hair with more dramatic makeup looks. The extra-rosy cheeks and tightlined eyes coordinate beautifully; after all, go big or go home.

Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage

At the Oscars, 2013. There are no words. Look at how flawless this hair is.

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

At the Call Me Crazy premiere, 2013. Ultimate messy ponytail inspiration! We love the way she's hidden the elastic by wrapping some of her hair around it; not only does this give some much-needed "lift" to the style, it also makes it look much more put together.

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

In a wig, 2013. THANK GOODNESS.

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At the Life of Crime premiere, 2013. With the very highlighted blonde hair and the exceptionally dark eyeliner, Aniston is channelling our beloved SJP here.

Photo: Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage

At the Golden Globes, 2015. A sleek updo is paired with strobed cheeks, rosy lips and MAJOR false lashes for a look that is 100% movie star glam.

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

At the Critic's Choice Awards, 2015. Caramel-toned and full of body, Jen's hair compliments her dramatic outfit and (unsurprisingly) minimal makeup beautifully.

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At the SAG Awards, 2015. The tiny, hand-painted highlights are masterful; look at the way they light up her complexion! Can you believe she's maintained this level of hair perfection for so long?

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

At the Oscars, 2015. Since news of her surprise wedding broke, the press has been really going IN on the photos from this event. The reasons are clear: she's wearing an off-white gown, she's kissing Justin Theroux, she looks radiant and happy—of course people without photos from the actual wedding will fake like these are wedding pictures! We hope that her bridal hair was just as simple, shiny and elegant as it was here; here's to another 25 years of sheer hair perfection. We love you, Jen!

Photo: Dan MacMedan/WireImage

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