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See Reese Witherspoon's hair evolution: From brunette to 'Legally Blonde'

by Courtney Gisriel / / Source: TODAY

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Her "Legally Blonde" strands landed her a place among Hollywood royalty, but Reese Witherspoon's gorgeous tresses have evolved just as much as the 41-year-old actress and producer!

From a natural brunette as a teen to the golden hue for which she's best known, Witherspoon is not afraid to make a big chop or try a new shade.

Take a look back at some of the star's best looks.

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From a fresh-faced 15-year-old to a verified movie star, see how Reese Witherspoon's hair has changed through the years.

The young actress made her first appearance on the big screen in the coming-of-age film, "The Man in the Moon." At 15 years old, the actress found herself at her very first film festival, the Deauville Film Festival in France. Her style was fresh and effortless as she wore her light brunette hair in a deep side part.

Reese Witherspoon At Deauville Festival Film In Deauville, France On September 08, 1991.
Reese Witherspoon at Deauville Festival Film in September 1991.Pool BENAINOUS/REGLAIN / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Five years later, the star showed off a shorter look. She rocked a chin length bob in a dirty-blond shade. She topped off the sophisticated style with a deep plum lip.

The American Film Institute's Benefit Premiere of "The English Patient"
The star stepped out at the premiere of "The English Patient" in 1996. Jim Smeal / WireImage

By the new millennium, Witherspoon had grown her hair long and amped up the blonde to a brighter, shinier level. With face-framing layers, she wore her hair straight for the premiere of "The Way of the Gun" in 2000.

Reese Witherspoon attends a film premiere with Ryan Phillippe
Reese Witherspoon attends a film premiere with Ryan PhillippeWireImage

Two years later, the star sported a shag with lots of dramatic layers throughout. She added side bangs for an of-the-moment touch.

Reese Witherspoon Sweet Home Alabama
Witherspoon strikes a pose while promoting "Sweet Home Alabama" in 2002. Los Angeles Times

In 2004 she sported deep brunette hair to play the role of June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line." The role ended up scoring her an Oscar for best actress.

Reese Witherspoon & James Purefoy promote Vanity Fair at the Venice Film Festival
Reese Witherspoon promotes her film "Vanity Fair" at the Venice Film Festival in 2004.

A few years later, Witherspoon was back to her golden roots. She styled her hair in long layers with side-swept bangs and honey-colored highlights.

Reese Witherspoon Golden Globes
Witherspoon showed off her sunny blond hair in a yellow dress at the Golden Globe Awards. FilmMagic

She cut her hair into a chin-length bob in 2008 and often styled the look with loose curls or structured waves for a vintage effect.

Four Christmases Premiere
The star rocked short waves and an elegant choker at the premiere of her film 'Four Christmases."WireImage

By 2011, she was back to her long, luxurious locks. At the Oscars, she opted to pull her hair back into a sophisticated ponytail with plenty of volume for an elegant effect.

Reese Witherspoon 2011 Oscars
Talk about va-va-volume! WireImage

Then, in 2015, she experimented with a center part and wore her shoulder-length tresses in big bouncy curls for an appearance on "The Tonight Show with David Letterman."

Celebrities Visit "Late Show With David Letterman" - May 5, 2015
The actress stops to pose outside the Ed Sullivan Theater. Getty Images

Whether she's rocking a bob or long layers, Witherspoon really can do no wrong!

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