For a lot of people, Jennifer Aniston is the ultimate celebrity. That’s because people tend to pay more attention to her personal life, her appearance and her fashion choices more than they pay attention to her career. Seriously, can you name the last Hollywood movie that Jennifer Aniston starred in? Don’t worry, because neither can we. However, she is still one of the biggest stars in the world, and there is no chance that she will budge from the A-list. She is America's sweetheart.
A lot of people would say that Jennifer Aniston is best known for her five-year marriage to Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt, her Rachel Green hairstyle and of course, her decade-long love feud with Angelina Jolie (most of which is made up by the tabloids). Still, a lot of people can’t help but notice that Jen’s hair has gone through as many changes as her relationship status has. One day it’s short, the next day it’s long, and before you know it, it’s super straight and blonde again. The changes might be subtle, but there’s no denying that Jen loves to make changes when it comes to her hair.
We can debate all day long about who is Hollywood’s ultimate hair icon, but no one has time for that. Instead, we’ve got some of Jennifer’s best (and worst) hairstyles and looks listed below. Which are you favorite Jen Aniston hair looks, and which deserve to be forgotten forever?
15 Best: Hollywood’s Hair Icon
Let’s not kid ourselves here; Jennifer Aniston is one of Hollywood’s biggest hair icons. She might not like the fact that she’s better known for her hair than her movie roles, but that’s just how people see her – not that there’s anything wrong with having fantastic hair, right? Not everyone is blessed with great locks.
Plus, Jennifer Aniston isn’t a Hollywood A-list movie star, if we want to get technical here. She is best known for her television work. To say that she’s a hair icon would be stretching it a bit, according to her critics. Still, there are not a lot of people that you could put in the same hair category as Jennifer Aniston. She’s definitely in a league of her own. And she has been in that league for quite a few years now.
14 Best: The Rachel Green
Jennifer Aniston first became a household name thanks to her role as Rachel Green on the long-running NBC sitcom Friends. As a matter of fact, a lot of people would call the show one of the most iconic series in television history. Jennifer became so well known that people were copying her Rachel Green hairstyle in the mid-1990s. Even your mother and all of her best friends were copying this haircut, too. It was just that stylish!
According to Wikipedia, (yes, there is a Wikipedia page for the Rachel Green hairstyle), the Rachel Green is defined and described as “a bouncy, square layered hairstyle introduced by Jennifer Aniston in season one of Friends and named after her character, Rachel Green. Many women in the 1990s started cutting their hair in the same hairstyle.
13 Best: Highs And Lows
Sure, Jennifer Aniston might look very similar in a lot of her photos from the past, but that might be because she has great genes. While it might not look like it at first, Jennifer did experiment a lot with her hair during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
What’s more, Jennifer also showed the world that she didn’t care when it came to changing her hair for several of her nitty gritty movie roles, too. Jennifer ditched her hair straightener (and her hairstylist, temporarily) for her roles in movies like Cake, Friends With Money, and most of all in The Good Girl. Jen actually got a lot of positive reviews for the 2001 film, which she starred in with Jake Gyllenhaal. Some even called it her breakout film and her best transition from the small screen to the big one.
12 Best: The Ultimate Cut
Jennifer chopped a lot of her hair in 2000. In fact, the haircut was so drastic that it made headlines all over the world. People were shocked to see that Jennifer chopped several inches off her hair shortly after she married Brad Pitt during the summer of 2000. According to Jen, though, it was a decision that she definitely didn’t regret.
Speaking about her marriages and relationships, Jennifer once said, “Most of us fall in love with someone's persona and spend the next three to five years discovering who that person really is. If you can stay connected through that process of raw vulnerability, I think you have a shot at the prize of knowing and accepting another human being for who and what they really are after years of highs and lows.”
11 Worst: To Bang Or Not To Bang
Both Jennifer Aniston and her Friends co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow were known for their perfectly straight hairstyles during the peak of Friends. A lot of people said that the three actresses looked like hair twins simply because they wore their hair in this manner for several seasons.
Also, a lot of people loved her wavy, fun hairstyle in the hugely popular 1999 cult classic Office Space. She played a waitress named Joanna who just wanted to kick her supervisor in the butt. A lot of people loved Jen’s hair in this film, while others said that her long hair and bangs didn’t do her face (and facial shape) any favors. Jen must have listened to those critics because she went back to overusing and abusing her hair straightener on the set of Friends.
10 Best: Is Jen Just Famous For Her Hair?
Is Jennifer Aniston just famous for her hair? Well, it all depends on who you ask. A lot of people say that Jennifer was born to be an actress thanks to her famous parents. Others say that Jen won the television series lottery by starring in Friends for ten long years. And then there are those that say people are more interested in Jen’s personal life than her professional life, which might be somewhat true.
Jennifer has also made it no secret that she’s gotten to where she is today thanks to her very strong family connections. After all, her father, John Aniston, is a soap opera icon. Everyone knows him best for his role in the NBC soap Days of Our Lives. Jennifer once recalled, “My dad became a soap opera actor, and I was an extra in a skating rink scene on the soap. I didn't audition. It was nepotism all the way.”
9 Worst: Bad Hair Days
Sure, Jennifer Aniston might have the best set of hair in the celebrity world but yes, even she has her bad hair days, too. I mean, she’s only human. She’s not going to have perfect hair every single day of her life for crying out loud. Unless of course, she has a secret hair salon somewhere in her Los Angeles mansion that we don’t know about.
Jen once explained it this way: “I don't have this sort of checklist of things that have to be done, and if they're not checked, then I've failed some part of my feminism or my being a woman or my worth and my value as a woman because I haven't birthed a child. I've birthed a lot of things, and I feel like I've mothered many things. And I don't feel like it's fair to put that pressure on people.”
8 Best: She Hates The Hair Talk
If there’s one thing that Jennifer Aniston hates to talk about, it’s her hair. As a matter of fact, you’ll almost never hear her talking about her locks during interviews. That’s because she wants to be seen as a professional actress who should be taken seriously. According to Jen, all this talk about hair, beauty and makeup should be left to the C-listers – unless she’s promoting one of her products, of course!
Also, if there’s something else that Jen hates to talk about, it’s her body and her weight, despite the fact that she’s one of the fittest actresses in the entertainment world. Believe it or not, her critics do give her a hard time, even with the slightest weight gain or “food baby.” She’s once said, “You're damned if you're too thin and you're damned if you're too heavy. According to the press, I've been both. It’s impossible to satisfy everyone and I suggest we stop trying.”
7 Best: Hair & Relationships
If there’s one thing that fans have noticed, it’s that Jennifer’s hair has gone through a lot of changes, and especially during her different relationships.
Now that she’s with her husband Justin Theroux, it does seem like she’s experimenting less with her hair. It’s the same old Jen with the same old hairstyle. It’s almost as if she refuses to do anything different. One can’t help but wonder if Justin might be some sort of influence here, especially since she hasn’t really done anything different since 2011. Back when Jen was married to Brad Pitt, she would go through all different phases with her hair. Now that we think about it, her hair changes do give us a little more insight about her relationships!
6 Best: Hair Over Career
These days, it seems like Jennifer Aniston’s hair and her appearance have taken center stage over her career. That’s because she’s been working on more promotional and brand ambassador work than actual movies. And for Jennifer, it works. She knows that the older she gets, the harder it will be for her to land good roles in Hollywood. As hard as it is to admit to it, that’s just the way the industry works. No one ever said that it was a kind business to be in.
Jennifer also knows that her hair might even be more important than her career. That’s probably why she works so hard to maintain it and make it look like she stepped out of the salon each and every time she is out and about.
5 Worst: Dumpy Teenager Years
Jennifer once admitted that she didn’t always look this great. As a matter of fact, she says that her teenage years were quite “dumpy,” so to speak. That’s because she had a mother that put a lot of emphasis on beauty and how she was supposed to look at all times. And for Jen, she absolutely hated getting this kind of pressure from her mother. That’s why she did the opposite of what her mother expected from her. And for the most part, it worked.
Jen once said, “I was a dumpy teenager. My mum was a model and was all about looks, so I rebelled by going goth. It took me years of peeling back the onion to finally stop using makeup as a mask and feel comfortable in my skin.”
4 Best: Hair Advice From Friends
Strangely enough, you really don’t hear Jennifer Aniston giving out advice about how to maintain great hair. What’s more, it looks like she doesn’t take hair advice from her friends, either. But if there’s one person who she absolutely trusts, it’s her long-time hairstylist, Chris McMillan. The two are thick as thieves and Jen considers him to be one of her closest friends.
Jen and Chris have been working together for years and, from what we can tell, they have always had a great working relationship, too. Jennifer once said, “Where would you be without friends? The people to pick you up when you need lifting? We come from homes far from perfect, so you end up almost parent and sibling to your friends – your own chosen family. There's nothing like a really loyal, dependable, good friend. Nothing.”
3 Best: Her Husband’s Hair
Jen’s fans can’t help but tell that Jennifer Aniston’s current husband Justin Theroux is somewhat of a hair and fashion icon, too. Does Jennifer control her husband’s image? It’s unlikely, seeing how Justin has looked the same way for nearly a decade now. Still, a lot of people can’t help but wonder if Jen has any sort of influence on her husband and his red carpet appearances.
Jen once said, “I don't know. I don't like girls whining and complaining about wanting a man! I never liked Sex and the City, the kind of thing where women only feel empowered once they find The Man. It is just not up my alley. I don't believe in it. There is nothing you can control about love.”
2 Worst: Hair Matters For Jen
Jennifer kind of treats her hairstyles like she does her friendships – with a lot of love, caution, and care. And we’re not kidding with you, either. She celebrates her new looks the same way she mourns her old ones, too. And she also knows that each haircut also represents different stages in her life. Yes, she’s just that philosophical about her hair! And who can blame her? It’s a very important part of her life.
Jen once said, “I think it's important to have closure in any relationship that ends – from a romantic relationship to a friendship. You should always have a sense of clarity at the end and know why it began and why it ended. You need that in your life to move cleanly into your next phase.”
1 Best: Drastic Changes For The Future
At the moment, it doesn’t look like Jennifer Aniston is planning any drastic hair changes for the future. Then again, anything can still happen at any time. Yet Jennifer has maintained that she doesn’t want to be known as a celebrity, a bombshell, or “that actress with great hair.” She just wants to be Jennifer Aniston, Hollywood actress. Nothing more. She doesn’t even recognize the girl she sees on the cover of magazines. Simply put, Jen says it’s not the real her.
Jen once explained, “You know, I've got wrinkles on my forehead and smile lines, but what's wrong with that? I love to smile. I don't know what it means to be a s*x symbol. When I look at myself on a magazine cover I don't see it as me, but as someone painted, fluffed, puffed, and done up.”