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Jennifer Aniston’s Top 31 Hairstyles: A Look Back at Her Most Memorable Looks

Jennifer Aniston is a cool girl who has never gotten a hairstyle wrong. She has tried almost every style ever. She has inspired thousands of hairstyles all over the world, from her flicked ends and the “The Rachel” to her signature flicked end. We search “Jennifer Aniston’s hair” to get some inspiration for our next hair appointment. You’ll find a new style to try no matter which era Jen’s hair was in. Whether it’s her “Friends” days, or her romcom reign. Find 31 of Jennifer Aniston’s best hairstyles throughout the years. From somber color melting to face-framing fringe, you’ll find them all here.

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September 1993: All Natural

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Jennifer Aniston was a TV star in her early 20s before she became known as Rachel Green on the hit TV series “Friends”. She wore a hairstyle that was the closest to the natural state of her hair: dark brown and long. Her style looked charmingly unruly. This is a good base for her later hairstyles.

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September 1996: “The Rachel

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“The Rachel” is the look that we know and love. Jennifer Aniston called this haircut “the worst I’ve seen,” but when it debuted on the set “Friends,” everyone went crazy.

Few hairstyles are as iconic. It was a very popular hairstyle over the years because of its shoulder-skimming, golden highlights and multiple layers around the face. “Fans loved the ‘The Rachel” haircut because of its volume and sassy motion that loose layers provided,” says Gina Rivera. She is founder of Phenix Suites by Gina Hair and Colours by Gina.

Rivera suggests blow-drying the hair, then using a medium-sized brush to create volume by rolling the hair from the bottom up. She then suggests “a wide-toothed comb” to be used to comb through the crown of the hair, allowing the bangs to fall naturally.

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November 1997: Rooty volume with Exaggerated waves

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Aniston’s wavy hair was seen at the premiere of “Meet Joe Black”, which featured Brad Pitt, her ex-boyfriend. George Papanikolas, Matrix brand ambassador celebrity colorist and celebrity colorist describes this style as “a mega root lift” and suggests using volumizing products to achieve the look. He explains that to create waves, he uses a 1.25 inch curling iron, and bends the hair by pulling it down and through, instead of wrapping the hair around the wand. “Then spray a little salt water to get that beachy texture.”

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March 2002: The Magic of Hair Extensions

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Jennifer’s hair was super long when she arrived for the premiere of “Erin Brockovich”, on March 14, 2000. Rivera says that fans loved the boho-style relaxed feel.

Rivera suggests growing layers out, the longer the better. After “cutting bangs slightly fringed, and blended – starting at about two to three inches beyond the jawline – and continuing to the ends of the hair,” Rivera recommends. Rivera recommends using a styling lotion once you have the cut down pat. She explains that to style the hair further, she recommends using a large round brush. “Use it to dry your hair and pull up for volume, allowing it to lay straight,” explains Rivera. Rivera cautions, however, that “to avoid a curled-under look, don’t over-roll the hairbrush when drying.”

Hair extensions are a “great way to add volume and length,” according to Papanikolas. He says to make sure you only extend your hair a few inches beyond the length of your natural hair. This will prevent it from looking disconnected. Papanikolas suggests using Matrix Total Results Length goals ($20), which is a product specifically designed for wigs or extensions.

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September 2001: Loose Chignon

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Jennifer Aniston has a classic, mature look. This style is “a great way to pull back your hair without the severity” of a tight bun, says Papanikolas. He recommends it especially for people with bold features.

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December 2001: Short and Wavy

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It’s the first time that we have seen Aniston sporting a genuinely short haircut. She cut her hair between her chin and shoulders for the 10th Annual Fire and Ice Ball and only wore it short a few weeks.

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The Bob , January 2000

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Jennifer Aniston’s medium-length, sleek bob is timeless. Rivera says that fans loved the bob because it gave Aniston a more mature look. To get Jennifer’s style, cut the hair with an asymmetrical, blunt line. The back should be slightly longer. Use a volumizing moussy to add a little volume at the crown. It will allow you to move your hair.

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September 2002: Her New Signature cut

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Jennifer Aniston, a gorgeous actress, shows off the haircut she’d wear for most of the next decade. It’s long and flat-ironed, with some face-framing layered, and a perfect shade that’s neither all blonde nor brunette, but a nice, neutral color. We’d call it “bronde.”

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January 2003: The Tousled Lob

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Aniston rocks a wavy, tousled lob. Rivera says that fans loved Jen’s look because it reminded them “of the free spirit of Rachel Green, her character”, and they were inspired by this. Rivera recommends adding a root-boosting hair product to achieve a similar style.

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September 2, 2002: Red Carpet Beachy curls

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Aniston wore curly hair to the 2002 Emmy Awards. She won Best Actress for a Comedy in her role as Rachel from the hit television show “Friends.” Jennifer Aniston rarely wears curly hair, but when she does it is more beachy-curly than curly. You can achieve loose curls if your hair has a natural wave. Use a diffuser to dry your hair. Straight hair? Take a look at this guide to make curls last.

It can be difficult to achieve this look–you have to work with your hair’s natural texture, balance frizz and avoid the crunchy feel that some styling gels leave behind. What is the solution? Papanikolas suggests using a lightweight texturizing product that will both define and hold your curls in place.

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January 2003 – Ready for Business

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Jennifer Aniston looked stunning with side-swept bangs at the premiere of “Along Came Polly” — a rare style for Jennifer. Papanikolas suggests a heat-protected hair blowout to achieve her smooth, polished and volumized appearance. This will create “full-bodied volumes and root lift, with lasting hold.” He adds that you can finish off the look with a flexible hairspray.

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The Golden Globe Pony, January 2003

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Benjamin, a hair care brand based in Los Angeles, has Jeremy Tardo as its senior colorist. “Jen’s Ponytails are Iconic,” he raves. This sleek, chic style is one of my favorites. “Her warm highlights soften her style just enough,” says he.

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September 2004, Bridget Bardot Volume meets Natural Texture

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Jennifer Aniston has hair that is voluminous, tousled and loose. Papanikolas says that “getting maximum volumn starts in the shower.” He suggests that you replace your conditioner with a water-based, ultra-light product to get maximum volume.

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October 5, 2005: Mega Layers with California Beach Waves

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Jennifer Aniston looked stunning as she walked out to the premiere of Derailed. Tardo says, “I like the carefree texture and her wheat toned bronde colour.”

Papanikolas suggests using mineral-infused mousse to recreate her beach waves and long layers. He says it’s the “key to styling any hairstyle–from fine hair to wavy, [to] shorter hair, and creating texture without weightless shine.”

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June 2006. Blunt at the back, angled in front

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Jennifer Aniston changed her hair color to a darker brown for the UK premiere of “Break Up.” She also added a blunt cut at the back of her head and layers that framed her face. Papanikolas says that “the heat from the flat iron gives a sleek, polished finish to this cut.”

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December 2006: Full Curtain Fringe

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Aniston’s blowout in this photo makes the smooth layers framing Aniston’s face stand out. Papanikolas suggests using a styling product before blow-drying your hair to reduce frizz and add weight.

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Outgrown curtain bangs

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Aniston looks great in this cut. Her hair is thick and beautifully cut. The color could not be more perfect. Papanikolas shares a styling tip with us to achieve this look: use an aerosol spray for soft hair and to control volume.

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February 2009 – Boho Beach Chic

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Jennifer Aniston wore a beach-chic style, complete with a delicately braided hairstyle, to the 2009 Academy Awards Ceremony. Papanikolas explains that “to hold a baby-braid in place, the hair must have a workable texture.” Papanikolas recommends using a light foam to create a tousled, defined look to wear a messy bun or braids.

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March 2010, Sleek, Smooth

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Papanikolas says that Aniston’s hair is pin-straight and bronde in 2010. “A simple, chic look with a polished finish will never go out of style,” he adds. Papanikolas suggests using anti-frizz products to recreate this sleek look.

Byrdie Tip

Papanikolas recommends applying anti-frizz lotion to damp hair prior to styling. This will give you frizz-free hair for a long time.

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August 2010, Face Framing Layers

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This is another classic and gorgeous Jennifer Aniston style. Papanikolas recommends using a volumizing hair product to create the “mega roots lift”.

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February 2011, Tousled Chic

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Jen’s loose, touseled waves, captured in this photo, just a few days or weeks before she cut her hair down to her shoulders, make for a striking image. This look is chic, effortless, and messy all at once,” says Papanikolas.

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Rachel all grown up

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Jen has returned to her shorter hairstyle. Many people tried to copy this cut. Here Jen chose a playful cut and a lighter color. Tardo illustrates how the golden blonde highlights her textured edges.

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July 2011, The Long Bob

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Jennifer Aniston stunned the world with her long bob, also known as a lob. The long bob has a super-flattering, tapered front and a slightly shorter back. Tardo says that Jen’s cream-blonde color gives her angled lob a sparkle. It’s not the first time Jen has cut her hair short. Her last short style was back in 2000.

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September 2014 – Choppy Chic Layers

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Want to copy Jen’s choppy layers with chic layered hairstyle? Papanikolas says that for this look, a stylist may use “a razor at the ends” to give your hair an “uneven effect.” This will make it fall naturally and beautifully.

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January 2015. Long Layers

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Aniston looks absolutely radiant at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Tardo says that “this dimensional hair colour adds visibility of Jen’s natural movements in her long layered haircut.”

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April 2016: Angled Baby Blonde Layers

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Aniston’s hair was bronde in 2016, thanks to her hairstylist Chris McMillan. Papanikolas suggests using a smoothing cream to give your hair the same angled baby-blonde layers as Aniston.

Byrdie Tip

Want some smoother layers? Papanikolas recommends swiping strands of hair with a flatiron to achieve this look.

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June 2016, Just a Little Bend

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Jen has been wearing her hair long for several years now. We love all of Jen’s changes but we have to admit that we are loving her subtle waves. Papanikolas says that to recreate the look, you can use a flatiron to create a few waves.

Jen has been wearing her hair long for several years now. We love all of Jen’s changes but we have to admit that we are loving her subtle waves. Papanikolas says that to recreate the look, you can use a flatiron to create a few waves.

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December 2018, Blended Babylights

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Aniston was a hit at the premiere of her new movie “Dumplin”. Tardo says that the blended babylights on Jen’s hair complement her features perfectly. The loose waves give this hairstyle a natural feel while also adding a polished finish.

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Highlights of January 2020

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Aniston will be wearing a mix of lowlighting and highlighting at the 2020 Golden Globes. Tardo says that there is even some of Aniston’s natural grey hair near her scalp. “These blended shades allow for some of her natural greys while creating a youthful radiance to her hair color,” Tardo adds.

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Money Piece Hair Color February 2021

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Aniston looks great even behind a transparent face shield while filming “The Morning Show”. Tardo says that Jen is the master of incorporating new hair styles while maintaining her timeless style. Tardo says that Aniston updated her hair by adding subtle highlights to the “money-piece” hair color. The bright highlights enhance her face.

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February 2024: Sunny Blonde Lob

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Jen DeFranco debuted her collarbone-grazing long lob at the 2024 SAG Awards. This cut is the younger sister to the Rachel, styled with the same sleek, curved-inwards style. It has been modernized by adding wispy ends and wispy strands that add movement. Aniston has also given us a new shade of blonde that highlights her skin and gives off beach babe vibes.

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