14 Times We Wanted Michelle Williams's Hair

We totally forgot she was a redhead.

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When it comes hairstyle and cut, we firmly believe that actress Michelle Williams has found her soulmate in the pixie. Not only does the length flatter her ethereal nymph-like features, but she consistently switches up the style and cut, confirming that you don't necessarily have to have long tresses to play with versatility.

But that's not all. We may associate Wiliams with her close crop, but she's had plenty of other magical hair moments pre-chop (and during a few of those inevitable grow-out phases). Ahead are 14 times Michelle Williams's hairstyle gave us a serious case of envy—and the temptation to cut ours off too.

Michelle Williams with long, wavy hair and bangs on a red carpet
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Remember Michelle Williams à la Dawson's Creek? As much as we love her current pixie cut, Williams's long layers and curtain-style fringe circa the early 2000s will always have a special place in our heart.

Michelle Williams wearing low bun and gem necklace on a red carpet
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Michelle Williams's 2006 Academy Awards appearance will forever live on as one of the most iconic red carpet moments. Bright yellow Vera Wang gown aside, we love the way Wiliams freshened the vintage nod of a deep side part and finger waves with an off-center romantic low bun.

Michelle Williams on a red carpet with bangs and a low bun
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In 2009, Williams arrived at the 24th Annual Film Independent's Spirit Awards with eyebrow-grazing bangs, a few loose tendrils to frame her impeccable bone structure, and a breezy updo secured at the nape of her neck. This hairstyle would also make for a pretty wedding hairstyle, no?

Michelle Williams with pixie cut on red carpet
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Michelle Williams has sported almost every variation on the classic pixie cut. Here, she demonstrates longer length on top for a soft, side-swept result. (To keep long fringe out of your eyes, try Tresemmé's Compressed Micro Mist in Extend $6.)

Michelle Williams on red carpet
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Note to self: Short hair doesn't mean you have to sacrifice volume. In 2010, Williams attended the Blue Valentine premiere during the 54th BFI London Film Festival with brushed-back, tousled body.

Michelle Williams at 2011 Academy Awards red carpet
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It doesn't get much more classic than Michelle Williams's simple yet stunning hairstyle at the 2011 Academy Awards.

Michelle Williams at 2012 Golden Globes Red Carpet
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A lesson in red carpet hair accessories done right: Michelle Williams's swoon-worthy velvet and jewel-encrusted headband during the 2012 Golden Globes Awards.

Michelle Williams with short, red hair
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We almost forgot Michelle Williams had a brief stint as a redhead in 2012. Not surprisingly, her signature hairstyle is just as flattering in a vibrant shade of crimson as it is in honey or iced-out platinum.

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Diagonal bangs cut a bit more bluntly lends some edge and androgyny to the actress's previous 100% classic pixie cut.

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Again, Williams epitomizes the prettiest way to work a hair accessory on the red carpet. Featuring a flurry of diamonds, the princess-like headpiece provides some juxtaposition to her angled edgy crop. 

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With silvery platinum locks, grown-out bangs, and chin-grazing length, Williams proves once and for all there isn't any hairstyle she doesn't look unfairly chic in.

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By October of 2015, Williams had transitioned to a near shoulder-length lob and a light dusting of face-framing bangs. All complemented by a flattering shade of champagne blonde, no less.

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A departure from her usual clean and minimal makeup look, Michelle Williams debuted a deep, smoky eye and a sleek, slicked-back hairstyle for the 2016 Annual Critics' Choice Awards.

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We were selfishly thrilled when Williams went back to the pixie last year after a period of longer length and grow-out. This time, she went with an ultra-close shave and a borderline white hue of blonde. Chic.

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