22 of Helen Mirren’s Absolute Best Hairstyles Throughout the Years
You don’t need us to tell you that Dame Helen Mirren is a timeless beauty, mega-talented actress, and total icon, whose career spans nearly six decades. But something we don’t mention enough in the context of Queen Mirren is her incredible ability to be a style—and hair—chameleon on the red carpet and beyond. While she has clearly done it all in the hair department—between layered bobs, sleek bangs, and every blowout in between—she also clearly knows what works for herself. (And we couldn’t love her more for it.)
Below, 22 of Helen Mirren’s best hairstyles throughout the years.
No one pulls off a fresh bob quite like Helen Mirren. With tousled, face-framing waves and an elegant side part, this is basically a masterclass in making an otherwise everyday haircut look red carpet-ready.
For an elevated look that’s effortless to achieve, slicking back your locks is always a good idea. It’s also worth noting that the addition of the matte red lip here is *chef’s kiss.* This is a combination I’ll definitely be recreating soon.
For something elegant yet effortless, a swept-back, voluminous look like this hits all the right notes. (All you’ll need is a great hairbrush and hairspray.)
Volume Up Top
It’s not all side bangs and wavy bobs—Mirren loves a good risk on the red carpet, too. This look features next-level volume on top (undoubtedly made possible thanks to some professional teasing skills and strong hairspray) for a statement-making style that’s anything but boring.
All the Volume
One fringe benefit of short locks is the fact that you can get next-level volume more easily, without the added weight of extra hair. These loose, voluminous curls are perfect.
Sleek and Straight
Mirren kept things blunt, sleek, and sophisticated here with a super-straight, layered bob. (Get the look with our favorite straighteners and smoothing serums.)
Short and Fresh
If there’s one thing Helen Mirren’s going to do, it’s serve short hair like no one else. This lightweight look—with longer, layered pieces in the front—is perfect for someone who prefers a style that’s on the low-maintenance side.
Rose Gold Moment
Who knew Helen Mirren had a rose gold phase? We never miss a chance to swoon over rose gold locks—and it’s obviously no surprise the dame knocks it out of the park with this pink look.
Simple and Sophisticated
Sometimes you just have to keep things simple, and no one knows that better than Helen Mirren. Her sleek, pulled-back look here is chic and sophisticated—something we’ve come to expect from the dame by now.
With flattering, face-framing bangs and sleek layers, Helen Mirren’s famous face is brought to the forefront with this style. (And how stunning is that blue eyeshadow?)
Mirren may not do updos often, but when she does, she always nails them. This swept-back style features soft, touchable tendrils framing her face for a look that’s about as romantic as can be.
That shine! Mirren’s soft, shiny layers and face-framing fringe take center stage here. (That, along with the gorgeous berry lip color she’s wearing.)
Tousled bedhead hair is something I like to call “next-day chic.” (Aka, when you wake up after a big night and notice your hair looks even better than the day before.) Here, Mirren elevates an effortless, “un-styled” style.
As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing chicer than a good shag haircut, and of course, Helen Mirren’s iteration—featuring effortless, tousled layers—doesn’t disappoint.
You don’t have to be a movie star like Mirren to channel Old Hollywood glamour. We’re getting all the retro vibes from this look—loose, voluminous curls are elegant, understated, and oh-so-flattering on just about everyone.
If you’re on the fence about bangs, let this be a sign from Helen Mirren: Face-framing layers always get the job done.
She’s not just a dame—Helen Mirren is the queen of the pixie cut, too. Here, some extra length and side-swept fringe give the style an elevated, elegant touch.
Anna Wintour-esque blunt bobs are always chic, as far as I’m concerned—but the addition of straight-across bangs here makes the sleek look that much cooler.
Sweet Layered Bob
For the perfect everyday look, nothing beats something short, sweet, and simple. This layered bob is on-point for everything from the red carpet (if you’re Mirren) to the grocery store (if you’re me). Plus, her glowy complexion and no-makeup makeup here are everything.
A short, tousled look is made mega-chic with tousled waves and zhooshed-volume—a good volumizing hairspray will help you get the look.
Helen Mirren’s long bob game is unmatched. Here, her side-swept bangs and loose layers are positively award-worthy.
Sexy Side Bangs
Flipped-out bangs are kind of Helen Mirren’s thing. Here, she gets extra volume at the crown which lifts the whole look even more. (Read our best tips for next-level volume here.)
What type of shampoo and conditioner should be used on gray hair?
Gray hair has a tendency to yellow, so its important to incorporate not just standard shampoo and conditioner, but one with a toner, such as EVO Fabuloso Platinum Blonde Toning Shampoo ($34). This will keep grays bright and healthy.
What products work best for styling gray hair?
It’s best to keep things as natural as possible when styling gray hair, investing in a gel to smooth flyaways and a heat protectant to protect hair from blow-drying, which can cause breakage on the sensitive hair shaft.
What’s the best haircut to show off gray hair?
Haircuts differ for everyone, and the best look will be one that flatters both your features and your texture. That being said, longer layers help encourage movement (which can be crucial for gray hair that has a more brittle texture).