16 Must-Mimic Reese Witherspoon Hairstyles
by Rachel Weeks
Reese Witherspoon hairstyles come in all shapes and sizes, but only one color: (legally) blonde. Since her Elle Woods days, Reese’s signature look has been all about her big smile and blonde locks, and for good reason. Reese knows how to style her fine hair to make it look full, shiny, and healthy.
Loose, textured waves are great for any spring or summer occasion, especially if you have fine hair like Reese’s. They’re a quick way to add volume and life to limp locks; plus, they’re so easy to achieve. Pair your beach waves with natural makeup as Reese does here to create an effortless, fun look.
We’re used to seeing Reese with bangs, but some days a girl just wants them out of her face. On those occasions, a mini pompadour like this one will do the trick. Reese often keeps her makeup very subtle, but we love this red lip to frame her bright smile.
Old Hollywood Curls
For red carpet occasions, Reese loves big, shiny Hollywood curls. This look is perfect for women with fine hair because it concentrates most of the hair to one side, making it look thicker. Take a hint from Reese on this one, and keep your makeup subdued—especially when rocking a red dress.
Reese contrasts her bold, modern dress with a timeless, elegant updo that still says “I’m fun and playful.” This hairstyle gives her hair lots of life and volume. And can we just say how great that dress is with her blue eyes? There. We said it.
Fun and Carefree
This look is classic Witherspoon; it’s soft, effortless, and playful—all the things Reese embodies on the red carpet and off. To get style like this, make sure to use lightweight products that won’t weigh your hair down. Focus on the base when blow-drying.
Retro Curled Bob
Elle would be proud of this bright pink gown and lip color. Proving you don’t need long locks to pull off old-Hollywood glamour, Reese takes her look to the next level at the 2014 Met Gala.
Reese keeps it simple and fun for an afternoon event in front of the camera. A wavy ponytail is perfect for the day after an evening with curled hair, especially if you don’t have much time to prepare. Notice that she keeps her bangs and a few pieces loose to frame her face. To kick this look up a notch, try adding a few braids.
Straight and Sleek
Who says fine hair has to be short? Reese shows off a long, straight look with her classic choppy bangs. To keep thin hair looking full and healthy, stay away from excessive layers and get a trim every two months.
This romantic, undone updo is just the thing for a strapless dress; the wavy tendrils draw the eye to Reese’s collarbones, giving her an elegant but natural look. We also love Reese’s smoldering eyes; she doesn’t often go for dramatic eye makeup, so it’s fun to see her go all out.
Whoa, check out those Victoria Secret model curls! In this look, America’s sweetheart rocks a red sweetheart neckline and some serious hair volume. Re-create this look with these at-home blow-out techniques. Again, with a dramatic hairstyle and dress, Reese is smart to keep her eyes and lips neutral.
Sassy, Straight Lob
This cut is ideal for Reese and many women with fine hair; it has minimal layering and fun, flirty bangs but is still long enough to be versatile. Plus, it just hits her collarbones, making this cut great with her fabulous off-the-shoulder sleeves.
For a more proper look, Reese tries out an elegant French twist. But in true Reese fashion, she leaves her bangs loose for a bit of movement. Try a classic French twist on yourself, and pair it with a great pair of dangly earrings.
Classic Curly Bob
We think this look is perfect for the holidays, and clearly so does Reese. Another variation on short, old-Hollywood curls, this look gives Reese’s fine hair bounce and shine that can compete with all the glitz and glam of the season.
For a fancy event, a ballerina bun is a great classic to fall back on. Reese shows here that this look is as modern as ever, especially when worn with a pair of edgy earrings like these.
Soft, Long Curls
Curls liven up any hairstyle, especially soft waves like these. In Reese’s case, her waves—and subtle eye and lip colors—help counter the sharp edges of her metallic silver dress.
Reese’s most recent long blunt bob is a great look on her and would be the same on any woman with fine hair. Celebrity hairstylist Dana McGill agrees that this is the cut for fine-haired ladies: “My favorite is a blunt cut a little above shoulder length. This look will hold curl, looks great straight, and is long enough to pull back as well.”