I remember first being introduced to Nicole Kidman in 1989’s Dead Calm with Sam Neill and that insane Billy Zane (still a great movie) and falling in love with her because of her hair. Finally, there was a celebrity with hair I could relate to; big, frizzy, uncontrollable and wild. Having been surrounded by normal-haired people my whole life, teased about whether or not I regularly stuck my finger in a wall socket and generally, never having won a single battle over my ridiculous mess of hair, I felt instantly bonded to Kidman. Thus decades of insatiable hair-watching was kicked off; I pored over anything I could read on how she felt about, and cared for hers. Heck, even Tom Cruise was powerless over those gorgeous, oft red curls…
But as the years have passed, I noticed Kidman was going the way of most curly-haired actressed — smooth and straight (I’m talking to you too, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) — and it fills me with sadness. Prepping this week’s fashion post, I saw a recent photo of Nicole’s lifeless, blondified locks, and felt the need to document her hairdays gone by. So, from her Thunderously glorious curls to her vibrant Moulin Rouged waves; from full Windrider volume to Veronica Lake-ish Batman Forever days, join me in this wistful look back at the evolution of Kidman’s Far and Away hair.
Skin Deep, 1983
Un’australiana a Roma, 1987
Dead Calm, 1989
Far and Away, 1992
Malice, 1993 (keeps getting lighter)
Batman Forever, 1995 (there goes the curl)
Practical Magic, 1998
Eyes Wide Shut premiere, 1999 (At least it’s still reddish and frizzy? I blame proximity to Scientology.)
The Others premiere, 2001
Cold Mountain premiere, 2003
Birth premiere, 2004
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus premiere, 2006
Nine premiere, 2009
Before I Go to Sleep premiere, 2014 (the color just keeps getting worse)
Queen of the Desert premiere, 2015
CMT Awards, 2016
Oh, Nicole, what have you done to your beautiful hair?
It’s okay, we’ll always think of you like this.