Nicole Kidman: I wish I hadn’t ‘screwed up my hair by straightening it all the time’

Nicole Kidman films with Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland in NYC

I have previously been accused of “hating curly hair.” I do not! I just don’t like that permed-hair look (especially in 2020), but natural curls are lovely. I wish my hair had more curl or wave to it. Even when I’ve tried to curl my hair, it will only stay that way for about ten minutes. So not only am I jealous of women with curl and wavy hair, I’m jealous of women who can curl their hair and have it stay that way. Nicole Kidman always had curly, red hair. As she became more and more famous, her hair got strawberry blonde-to-flat-blonde and straight. Her hair often looked overprocessed and just kind of not-great. But slowly, she’s been bringing back the old-school red and the old-school curls. She spoke about that in an interview to promote The Undoing (where her character has red curly hair, as seen above).

Nicole Kidman is hiding her curls no more. In a new interview with The Sunday Morning Herald, the Academy Award-winning actress admitted that while she may only have a few regrets in her life, one is damaging her naturally curly hair with repeated heat.

“Do I wish that I hadn’t screwed up my hair by straightening it all the time? Sure,” Kidman told the outlet.

In the past few years, fans of the Big Little Lies star, 53, have often seen the actress rocking straightened hair or a blowout. Recently, however, Kidman has been making a transition back to her naturally curly locks, and fans have been loving it.

Aside from reminiscing about her hair, Kidman also told the Herald that she wished she had “been more careful with the sun” after previously facing skin cancer.

“But am I grateful to be around? Oh, yeah. And am I willing to share my knowledge, what I’ve learnt along the way? Absolutely,” Kidman added.

[From People]

I’m including some photos of Nicole from last year, in the span of June to September 2019, when she was filming The Undoing. She had three different hair colors and haircuts and hair styles, which makes me wonder if her old-school red curls in The Undoing were… just a wig. I hate to think it! But I do wonder if her hair is just too screwed up and overprocessed now, and she’ll never get those curls back! Also: I’ve never believed that blonde or strawberry-blonde looks good on her and I’ve never understood why she keeps insisting on it. It washes her out! The red-red color makes her look younger.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban seen arriving at Giorgio Armani Prive show during Haute Couture Week in Paris

Nicole Kidman attends GQ Men of the Year Awards and afterparty at Tate Modern

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Hmppyy says:

    I find her comments weird. You can’t screw up hair that hasn’t grown yet. Any damage would be to current hair, which would be chopped off in a few years anyways! If her hair is still naturally curly (hair texture changes every 7 years) it will be back in damages with time.

    • Sigmund says:

      Sort of. At least with curly hair,
      you ruin your natural curl pattern for a long time if you straighten it a lot. Yes, eventually all of your hair will grow out, but we’re talking years, especially with how much hair Nicole has. Depending on when she stopped straightening it, she is likely still feeling the effects of it as she grows it out. Part of her hair will be very naturally wavy/curly, and the other part (the lower half) will be less so as a holdover from the straightening.

      Source: am a wavy/curly who straightened her hair for too long.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        If we’re talking chemicals then yeah she will need years of leaving her hair alone to get it back. And I doubt that will happen.

    • bettyrose says:

      You can damage the roots so your hair never grows back with its natural luster.

    • Surreuzly? says:

      Let’s all get honest here- hair products chemicals destroy the cuticles & scar the scalp. Ppl tell me, “aw, let your kids dye their hair, it’s just HAIR”. No. It’s SKIN (scalp) and our SKIN absorbs toxins. Yes, you CAN ruin the hair that can’t grow in scarred cuticles. I even tell my highlight person to NOT give me a “fabulous blow out”- it stretches the wet hair, dries it out & silicates make it smooth for a few days, then the hair it fuzzy looking (damaged) . Highlights are a form of damage, and I’m ADDICTED, but it needs to dry naturally & get gentle brushing daily, it needs healing not more product/heat/smelly crap. Some day we women will love ourselves as OURSELVES, vs some poisoned/ chemical iteration

    • Natters5 says:

      I was watching her HBO series tonight and I was distracted with her hair as the curls were definitely created by curling irons, not her natural curls. I could tell her hair is not healthy from constant bleaching which makes it porous and lack luster so the new color they are applying is not consistent. For a such a wealthy character she is portraying her hair looked so unhealthy. It was a character of its own.

    • Fiona says:

      Actually, as crazy as it sound, you can. I got a perm once when I was a girl and my hair never went back to being as straight as it was prior to that.

    • Heather H says:

      My niece had super super curly hair and went through years of chemical straightening starting in high school. It will no longer grow back with it’s original curl, just wave and even that is pretty minimal. So somehow the chemical straighteners can indeed permanently change the way hair grows.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      You can ruin your natural curl pattern from repeat exposure to heated styling tools and chemical straightener. In all likelihood Nicole was getting Keratin treatments. Which can ruin curl patterns. And it can take years for it to repair itself.

  2. Levans says:

    My curls definitely xhanged the more I dyed, straightened, and messed with my hair! Curls can be a handful but I love them.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      I had naturally thick, wavy curly hair (when long it was wavy; when I cut it shorter, the natural curls came out due to less weight). In my late teens I started blow drying and highlighting my hair (lightly). In my 20s I went bolder with color and blew dry my hair straight all the time. Then I went full on blonde, for the next 35 yrs (even did a Brazilian blowout). And of course, fought all remaining natural waves, curls to death with a blowdryer and flat irons, which became easier and easier to do.

      Well, then came menopause, and now it has a *ghost* of its natural curl/wave (and it’s about a quarter of it’s original thickness). Hair does change as we age.

      • E.D. says:


        I’m going through menopause now and the thing that is upsetting me the most is watching my already fine, wavy hair get thinner, fallout copiously and lose it’s colour and lustre.

        I think I would actually welcome the grey hairs except for me they are horrible, course and wiry like pubic hair. Seriously, they just stand up like pokey, short wires!

        I’ve always been obsessed with my hair and I know it’s simply my vanity talking but often styling your hair is about ‘control’ so to lose that can be quite dismaying.

        And I’ve always thought that Nicole has gone grey already too and because red hair is one of the worst affected when it loses its pigment, that she also suffers from the dreaded ‘wiry, course grey’ hair as well and therefore has been going the ‘easier to transition to grey’ blonde and sometimes wig route.

        I actually think that’s a long, curly, red hair wig in the top pic because I saw her quite recently on one of her husbands Instagram stories and she had her natural hair in a cute pony and it most certainly wasn’t that long, red or thick.

      • april says:

        I agree. At her age, her hair wouldn’t look that thick. It’s either a wig or extensions.

      • Natters5 says:

        That’s not even including what happens when most of your hair goes grey. I had straight fine hair most of my life, now its thick and slightly wavy due to all my grey even though I dye it.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      No amount of processing straight hair can mimic great, natural curls. Love your curls

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Yup! Not a lot of people talk about the damage dye can due to curly hair. And Nicole was bleaching her hair. Which can destroy curls over time.

    • boombalatty says:

      E.D. Hope you see this – Have your Vitamin D levels checked. I had very low D and was experiencing hair thinning and general lackluster-ness. Since I’ve been taking D3 my hair has completely gone back to normal. Most people have been complaining about their Covid hair, but I’m just watching mine grow and rejoicing.

      • E.D. says:

        Thanks for the tip boombalatty!
        As a very fair person who avoids the sun and hasn’t sunbaked since about 1990 – it wouldn’t surprise me at all that my Vitamin D levels are low.
        I will pop down to the chemist today to get some & I appreciate the comment!

  3. Joanna says:

    I love curly hair! My hair barely holds a curl!

    • minx says:

      Same, straight as a board.

    • JanetDR says:

      Me three! Several of my coworkers have curly hair and I just love it! They complain a lot (humidity, etc) but on any given day their hair looks better than my flatness. One has a short asymmetric cut, one wild and free and a couple vary it depending on the day.

  4. Petitehirondelle says:

    I have try to fight my curls during years. As a half european half north african, people were like « your hair are messy and savage « so I have the feeling it will be more common  i always get that message that it was more elegant, better when you go to work and more fashion to have straight hair. Even in magazines, you Don’t se a lot of curly girls at that Time.But now i love my curls but it is more trendy than it was. All the girls are trying waves and so. Many Friends tell me they are jealous. You Have a lot of brands just for curly hair. Évén the hairdresser is Like stop messing with your curls, it is cool and it is now in all magazines and blogs. It was not like that 20 years ago

    • Surreuzly? says:

      So true! I was told I looked “unprofessional” or even “rough” if I had natural curls- we’re in an era where we see curls all the time in ads, etc. However, those pretty medium curls are hard for some hair & take WORK . Sigh. I’m looking forward to a time when style is truly individual, not trend based

    • Desdemona says:

      But where do you all work/live? Never had my hair commented unless it was for me to let it dry curly and not to straighten it…. Some black friends of mine wear their natural hair, nobody straightens it….
      Really, where do you live / work?? Are your coworkers just stupid?

  5. Cj says:

    I loved my curls as a kid and then never saw a person in the media (tv/movies/etc) or magazines with really curly hair. Even “curly” styles in teen mags were just a little wavy. You start to think you need to change to belong or to be able to be a success. Given Hollywood was behind most of the starlets, I’m not surprised she ended up straightening her hair to be more like what was “normal”. Add in that there’s so much ingrained preference for blondes etc and people have weird views on redheads… it’s just kind of sad that she’s only now able to undo that programming and seeing that her natural hair is gorgeous.

    • Juju says:

      CJ – yes 10000%. I have naturally curly hair and growing up my hair type was rarely represented as desirable. As a young adult I got a lot of attention as my curls were really glorious and it always surprised me as I spent so much of my youth wishing for straight hair. The teasing in grade school was horrible. I’ve straightened it a handful of times in my life and it always get like I was beating my hair into submission. It also made realize that my curly hair was part of my self identity. I haven’t straightened it in years. It’s very hard to find styles for special occasions but I’ve come to love my curls and pray they don’t change too much as I move farther into middle age.

  6. Snuffles says:

    That’s not even remotely close to what her curls used to look like. She used to have thick, tight, frizzy 3b curls. Not loose waves.

    I doubt they will ever come back. Not only because of the damage but because you hairs texture changes as the gray hair comes in. My Dad used the have a curly fro and it’s almost bone straight now that he’s all gray.

    • Nyro says:

      She sure did. I don’t think I’d ever seen a white actress who had hair like hers. Very pretty. I’m sure she felt a ton of pressure to keep it straight.

    • dogmom says:

      That top photo looks like a wig to me? I could definitely be wrong but it looks wonky. And that second photo with the platinum blonde bangs — she looks like the Joker! I know that ship has sailed but I wish she’d stop messing with her face.

    • Arpeggi says:

      She’s older and hormonal changes will also change the texture and thickness of her hair, it’s part the aging process. Starving yourself for the majority of your life in order to have a career will also affect your hair (no shades here though, I understand the massive pressure actresses are under to keep a certain figure and it probably gets worst as they age)

      • Laura says:

        This. Exactly. I’m going through it myself.

      • Isa says:

        I was reading this and thinking it’s probably more related to age.
        I do not dye my hair and very rarely use heat on it. It’s straight and will hardly hold a curl. The greys that are coming in are coarse, and they have uneven texture, and sometimes they have a spiral curl to them. Just complete opposite to what I am used to and it’s very fascinating to me.

  7. Lucy2 says:

    I’ve always thought she looked great with her natural red hair.

  8. Nina Simone says:

    SJP did the same thing and just like Nicole, it made me sad. Us curly haired women feel we need to confirm and straighten our hair for our career etc. I think the world is changing though.

    • Nyro says:

      SJP had great hair.

    • SamC says:

      I was thinking the same thing; I loved SJP with curly hair, even when she went shorter with it! But I’m also one with wavy/curly hair who spent years dreaming of a straight, blunt bob and only in the last few years finally started accepting it wasn’t going to ever happen, at least without spending major money and time, which I don’t have.

  9. MLouise says:

    I love her hair curly. As a curly hair person, I feel less alone reading all the comments. When I wear my ‘natural’ hair, everyone comments, positively or negatively (why are you messy). Also, lots of natural curls can have a total perm look…. that is where perm look took their cue from. So yes wearing natural hair for me always implied I was ready to put with people commenting on my look even if I did not ask for it at all.

  10. Amando says:

    I’ve been embracing my hair’s natural curl this year and I get such a positive response to it. I don’t know why we always want the opposite of what we have. That said, I don’t understand how straightening it ruined her curls? Is she talking chemical straightening? Because I flat ironed my hair every day for years and the only damage I saw was split ends that a simple trim took care of.

  11. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Natural hair is ALWAYS the best. At least in my world. Whenever I’ve seen my friends’ natural tresses, I gave them grief for taming their locks. WOC too. It’s just 100 percent beautiful. But believe me, I’ve gotten my share of finger pointing and suggestions to get my hair under control. I’m a constant bedhead. Or I’m not professional. Whatever. I like what I like. And I do what I like. Let your hair do what it wants to do!😁

  12. Vertes says:

    I think the red hair above is a wig. Her hair isn’t nearly that thick now. A few years ago during one of the blonde phases, she had visible light gray grow-out at times & her hair was quite thin in front.
    Go here for her original hair from 30+ years ago:

    • Aquablue says:

      Yes, came here to say most of her appearances these days probably involve wigs. She has worn them for years and apparently has a huge collection. When asked about it, she refused to answer – last year or earlier this year on some major show. Edit: it was at the Toronto Film Festival in 2018. I think her hair has been thinning for a very long time.

  13. Chaine says:

    I don’t think we will ever see her natural red color again. She is in her 50s, it has probably gone to gray.

    • Arpeggi says:

      Yup! While some people don’t gray much as they age, they are the exception, not the rule. If a 50 yo has a uniform hair color without some white, that color is coming from a bottle

    • Gunna says:

      Exactly. Trying to dye grey hair her old red would be a nightmare. Red dye fades so fast over grey, especially the light red colour she had. She’d have to either stop washing it (including curly hair methods) or dye it weekly, which would fry it.

      Going blonde is so low maintenance compared to that.

    • Queen Meghan's Hand says:

      Yeah, I was about to comment that she’ll never go red again because she’s probably greying. I’m not a cosmetologist but I assume it’s easier technically and on the hair strands to maintain the blonde. This just makes Moulin Rouge and all her previous movies like Portrait of a Lady more precious!
      And no shame for needing wigs to give the illusion of thickness!

  14. Markle says:

    I agree that the blonde shade just washes her out. Her natural color was so much more flattering.

  15. SpankyB says:

    As someone who grew up with fine, stick straight hair I think all curly hair is amazing and I’m jealous of anyone who has it. My hair wouldn’t even take a perm and I desperately wanted the Farrah look in the 70′s. There wasn’t enough hairspray in the land to hold that style with my hair. Oddly enough, now that I’m mid-50′s my hair is thicker and has more body and a little wave to it. I can do beachy waves now.

    Nicole looks so much better with red hair, but if she has a lot of gray it will be difficult to color it red and keep it looking good. Red is the hardest color to hold. I had to give up my reddish/brown hair and go for straight light brown once I hit a certain amount of gray.

  16. Redgrl says:

    Should’ve stayed a redhead. Apart from the fact that red hair is awesome, blonde never suited her…

  17. The other one says:

    It could also be hormones. Pregnancy can affect curls… and so can menopause. My SIL started losing her curl in her mid forties and her doctor told her even the hormone changes in pre-menopause can do it :/

  18. Ohlala says:

    She looks great in thesenew series like herself! Loved her so much since Bangkok Hilton.

  19. nicegirl says:

    Her natural hair was the best in the industry. Loved it so much, it was my dream hair for years.

  20. Sof says:

    In my experience, when people say they like wavy or curly hair, they like the made up version, never the natural type. Natural waves tend to be frizzy!
    It took me all my teens to figure out how to treat my wavy hair but I still have the “I just rolled out of bed” look most of the time. And don’t get me started on the haircuts, it’s very difficult to change without having a dramatic chop.

    As for Nicole’s hair… I’m currently watching Big Little Lies and her hair reminds me of hers in Practical Magic. It’s a good look on her, but I agree that her natural hair looks way better.

    • bettyrose says:

      SoF but that just rolled out of bed look is 80s hairband awesomeness! I fought that look for so long, but in my mid-40s now, I extra floof my hair in the morning to rock that look. Sounds kinda mid-life crisis-y I guess, but I get a kick out of being all “my hair has arrived!’

    • Arpeggi says:

      The moment I found a hairdresser who was “Ok, you have thick hair, it curls… Let’s work with that!” instead of trying to straighten it to make it more manageable, I knew I’d stick with him until he retires (good thing he’s younger than me, lol!). Our hair isn’t complicated, we just need to learn/be told how to take care of it as it is instead of pretending it’s a different texture. And some cuts won’t work but that’s true for all of us. And rolled out of bed is an awesome look! I wash my hair in the evening and sleep on it to make it bolder

      This sucks for me though: I lost a good chunk of hair (think the size of a quarter) out of the blue and that got me freacking out a bit. It doesn’t show because there’s just so much hair to hide it, but what if I get more bald patches?? As if the year couldn’t get any worst…

      • Christin says:

        Stress, grief, etc., can make hair fall out. Went through a phase of hair strands coming out any time I touched it when I was in college.

      • bettyrose says:

        I wish “let’s work with what you got” was our global motto for beauty. Sometimes people want to be transformed to someone completely different, but let’s never assume that’s what someone wants unless they say so.

      • CuriousCole says:

        @Christin, please tell me it’s possible to regrow stress loss? :-(

    • nb says:

      @sof I feel your pain! I have hair that is fine in texture but I have a lot of it and it’s wavy in the back but straighter on the sides. I am incredibly lazy when it comes to my hair – I’m just a wash and let air dry type person. Because of my waves I went through so many years of terrible haircuts! They would thin it out, add those hideous ‘step’ layers, cut it so it looked ok when wet and straight but would floof up when dry and wavy or the end of the layers would flip out on one side and flip in on the other, one side’s layers were always longer than the other side from them not accounting for the waves when cutting, or they would give me a cut that needed me to style it special with blow drying or curling when I told them I didn’t want to do that. A year ago my hairstylist friend took it over and it’s finally getting to look so much better. I told her “I don’t have a hair ‘style’ and I don’t want one. The style is ‘long and wavy’. Please cut it so it’s even, I can just wash and air dry and it works with my natural waves!” which is what I told every other stylist that butchered it but she finally gets it right. I can’t even imagine what people with true curly hair go through.

  21. Jaded says:

    I gave into my curls in my mid-thirties (am now 68) and stopped dying in my mid-fifties. I realize it’s hard for a woman in an acting career to do that, especially someone like Kidman who is hanging on desperately to her youth, but I love the freedom of not being addicted to a blow-dryer and dye jobs. And I get loads of compliments on my hair so why fight nature.

  22. bettyrose says:

    I’m here to rant. I have very curly hair, and of course I’ve struggled with how I felt about it my whole life. In the 80s & 90s people constantly praised my hair, while I secretly questioned my feelings about it and wanted a short, straight bob I could flip out of my face at opportune moments, but that was a fantasy. I would never have thought to chemically treat it.

    But then came the OO’s . . . the decade of the super straight hair, which turned me into a fierce curly haired advocate. Honestly, I used to love going to nice salons to have my hair done. It was a huge splurge, but the treatment you get is like a mini holiday. And then they started pressuring me to straighten my hair. Changed salons. Same results. Changed again. Same result. After that, I started going to walk-in barber shops where no one cares about the latest fad.

    Even though that fad has passed, I’m still not going back to nice salons because I found that mentality really offensive. As a caucasian woman, I guess it was my first real experience being told my look, a physical characteristic that made me unique, was not acceptable, so I no longer want to support that culture. I’m not asking for pity here, at all, just sharing my story.

    • Christin says:

      Curly/wavy-haired gal here, too. I sought out a curly-haired hairdresser 10 years ago who never pressures me into any fad or look. She’ll always offer to style it however I want – not what she thinks. She understands the texture firsthand.

      I just explain what I don’t want (usually described as “George Washington” hair below the ears – I don’t like when my hair “poofs” out like that) and she cuts accordingly.

      • bettyrose says:

        Your stylist sounds great! I might try again after the pandemic. Right now, my wild hair is only seen on Zoom anyway, but I’m having so much fun just letting it grow untamed. Some of my coworkers look so fabulous and coifed on Zoom meetings, and I’m like a new me of “oh, does my naturally poofed hair not fit on the screen?” Like a kid let loose at summer camp. LMAO!

      • Arpeggi says:

        Before I found my amazing hairdresser (I even get a beer and a head massage whenever I go, also, these days, it’s kinda cool to go to a place and everyone knows you, my hair salon is sort of my Cheers), my only request would be that my hair doesn’t do a triangle so that I look like Krusty the Clown. Also, no bangs cuz those will curl into a shape I can only describe as “fancy mustache”-like?

        My hairdresser gets that and that I won’t spend 3hrs doing my hair at home to turn it into something it’s not. Even when he found a bald patch last week, he was telling me to chill and that it was (most likely) going to grow back, maybe with a different texture and we’d just figure it out as it happens. I was pretty happy to learn that they also do a bit of afro hair, nothing too elaborate but him and his crew are trying to learn and get better. They know they’re not the best with that type of hair but understand that it’s their job to improve and learn the skills they should have been taught in school.

      • Christin says:

        I would love to find the precise combo of products for my hair. Seems I am getting closer to “a dab of this cream, three sprays of that” with air drying.

        Some frizz-preventing finishing spray by Sexy Hair called Weatherproof has helped me greatly. It’s the final step – no holding power, just a polymer spray that seems to hold frizz down for roughly 24 hours.

  23. Mouki's wife says:

    I have long, red curly hair. It’s a lot of work in general so I can’t imagine spending an hour straightening it daily. I was so in love with her in the 90s as she was one of the few people who looked like me. I felt sad after she did all that work on her face and went blonde and straight haired. And someone above commented on the many opinions people have about redheads, it’s so true. And pretty unfair. We aren’t angry vixens. Lol!

    • bettyrose says:

      I recently rewatched Dead Calm with Nicole Kidman. I’m not even sure I’d recognize her as the same person if I didn’t already know. Her natural hair was amazing.

    • Joanna says:

      You also get some men obsessed with the red color. I used to dye my hair red and people thought it was natural because I have freckles and am pale. I would get some real perverts in love with it.

  24. Cee says:

    I had 10 years of chemical straightening and daily use of irons. My hair was frizzed, brittle and thinner, and I was losing hair daily. I was told I would be bald in 10 years.
    I now follow some sort of the curly girl method and only use proper hair lowpoos and masks. I also learned to treat and style my hair and while it does take so much darn time, my hair is now strong, shiny and growing back.
    My curl pattern is not back yet but I’ve fully transitioned. I’ve also learned so much about sleeping and styling techniques, even my boyfriend now looks out for silk pillow cases and hair scarves.
    Being the only kid with curly hair meant no one knew how to treat it and style it so I ended opting for the easiest option back then – abusing my hair into a straight pattern. My only consolation is that if I have curly hair kids, they will grow up loving their hair and knowing how to properly care for it.

    I hope we start seeing more natural hair regardless of ethnicities.

  25. Caitlin Bruce says:

    Hasn’t it been said that Nicole wears wigs on all her films now. I think that’s true. Her hair in films always looks way more healthy and thick than in real life now.

    • shalla7 says:

      Yes, that’s a wig in the first pic. It’s sitting on her head.

    • Aquablue says:

      Yes, I think we rarely see her real hair these days, even in her everyday appearances when she’s out with her family at the beach.

  26. Amber says:

    There’s definitely a bias against curly hair in American culture. I have always wanted curly hair though. My natural hair is very loose 2A waves–if I try to straighten it, it just re-waves itself, and it holds a curl really well but I will always envy people with naturally defined wave or curl patterns. Friends of mine with curly hair, from many different ethnic backgrounds, have all experienced criticism for their natural hair texture especially in the workplace. There’s often a racist component, I think, when people criticize curly hair. I agree that Nicole looks better with the red color. It makes her face come alive.

  27. Seraphina says:

    I have always had pin straight hair, would never hold a curl even with curlers in all night. Now, as I approach “middle age” my hair started to get waves and even cork screw curls. I LOVE IT. There is a way to “help” the curls and processing is not the way to go. I love washing and running cream or gel in my hair and an hour later it is curly. LOVE IT.

    • ravynrobyn says:

      @ Seraphina-the same thing happened to me. All of my life I had “pin straight” fine hair. Lots of it til it started thinning as I got older. I had weight loss surgery a couple of years ago and kept my thinning flat straight hair as long as I could. Trying to recapture my mid 20′s, lol. And my husband loved long hair.

      After the ‘rona insanity, I went and got my hair chopped off (before Gavin shut the salons down again) and my hair is AMAZING! Short, wavy, curly on the bottom- it has a style and a life all of its own. I’ve never had this kind of hair EVER!

      Don’t know if it’s because I’m 60, post menopausal, hormone changes due to surgery and/or being healthier…I don’t really care. Just a wonderful “mid” life surprise.

      Although I do what I want with my hair, my husband liking it is a sweet bonus. I feel I’m FINALLY the ravynrobyn I was always meant to be-free of lbs, free of long stringy hair, just free 🤗💜

  28. Gunna says:

    Her ‘natural’ red is likely grey now. Lots of redheads go blonde as they start to go grey, because maintaining dyed red hair is a ton of work, especially if you want a natural looking red and not fire engine red. Red dye fades so fast. You can dye it one week and have the grey already showing through the next. It’s so much easier to just go blonde.

  29. MangoAngelesque says:

    Redheads go blonde instead of grey, so that’s likely where the strawberry color started coming from and she just decided to lean into the blonde.

    • Charfromdarock says:

      I was coming here to comment the same thing.

      The red heads in my family don’t go grey, they go to strawberry blonde to blonde.

      My mom is in her mid 70s. She’s about 50% strawberry blonde, 25% blonde and about 25% is still her red red hair. And it’s still very thick and curly.

  30. Dee says:

    Can you imagine if Kate Middleton embraced her curls instead of getting daily blowouts? She would be a sensation. Not going to happen, but it’s fun to think about.

  31. Dee Kay says:

    I loved Nicole Kidman’s natural hair (bright red, super tight curls) and am sad she ever straightened and bleached it. Even if it’s a wig she’s wearing in the new series, I will be glad to see her with something approaching her original hair. Now that I’m in my 40s I’m super glad I never did anything to my hair — never dyed, never straightened it. I’m super happy with my healthy, soft, curly hair that is salt-and-pepper all over. For some things, doing nothing (except conditioning every other day) is the best thing.

  32. February-Pisces says:

    I have curly hair. Expect mine isn’t nice curls, it’s more a massive frizzy bushy mess. I has no style of shape to it naturally, plus it’s very thick and heavy, I have always straightened it since high school. I prefer it straight it’s easier to manage and looks better. I hate being hair shamed, especially from people who’s hair it half the thickness of mine, who tell me to ‘wear it curly’. I don’t like it and it’s harder to manage. Pre GHD days it was a nightmare trying to tame it.

    • Ange says:

      Yeah. I have quite curly hair and it’s very thick but MAN is it a lot of work! Drying it alone takes a full day and I have to plan my time around when I’m washing. Always checking products, refreshing, drying… it’s a handful and I don’t blame anyone who doesn’t want to do it.

  33. Lala says:

    Nicole’s hair isn’t naturally red, they died it for BMX Bandits and it became a thing. Her natural colour is strawberry blonde.

    • E.D. says:

      That’s true!
      And your comment made me lol because I figure you must be (a fellow) Australian to reference that movie!

  34. Mariane says:

    If anything damages the hair it’s the excessive bleaching and colouring. She looks way better with her natural hair but she hates it

  35. april says:
    I googled her. Above is a link posted today and her hair is the lighter blonde. Apparently the red hair must be a wig for a new show she is in.

  36. Laudbackmoneyonmymind says:

    Ugh curly hair it’s the worst. My hair never had even the same texture from one side to the other. It’s just unruly and never looks good. I couldn’t even find someone to cut it correctly. So I just blew dried it for the last 50 years trying to straighten it out. Now I’m full on white gray. Texture is even more frizzy look like Einstein but really long hair ugh. I’m 62 so I guess I’m out. I don’t even try any more.

  37. Kim says:

    Interesting that one of her biggest regrets is how she treated her curls.

    How about her face?