Sarah Jessica Parker Proves Curly Hair Is Super Chic

The world is indebted to Carrie Bradshaw, but girls with curly hair owe a special debt of gratitude to the woman behind the myth, Sarah Jessica Parker. It’s not just respect for her incredible spunk and unbeatable wardrobe either. What we’re talking about here is SJP’s hair, those gorgeous wavy locks that finally showed the world curly hair was sexy. Funny thing is, Sex and the City was only one example of Parker’s stunning bouncy tresses. Sure, it was the pinnacle, but if you wander back through her lively career you’ll unearth dozens of other wavy looks equally deserving of your devoted attention. Never underestimate the wonder that is Carrie Bradshaw, but even the queen of late 90s style doesn’t have all the answers. Expand the possibility behind your energetic curls with these classic hairstyles Sarah Jessica Parker rocked before she became the Goldilocks of Manhattan.


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THE SHORT BOB

During her run as the eponymous character in Broadway’s 1979 revival of Annie, SJP sported a simple wavy bob.


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BIG CURLS

By 1980, Parker had moved to Los Angeles and grown out her hair to showcase those famous bouncy curls. Her roaming eyebrow looked added to the tasteful chaos.


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WAVY BANGS

Flowing hair and bow clip on display, SJP’s classic 80s get-up for Square Pegs embraces everything good about vintage curly hairstyles.


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THE HEADBAND

Crowded curls and out of control eyebrows dominate this mid-80s look from pre-Carrie Sarah Jessica Parker.


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VOLUMINOUS WAVES

Never at a loss when it came to volume, Sarah Jessica Parker was a prime example that big hair didn’t require a bump-it.


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POOFY BANGS

By the late 80s, dangling bangs were being replaced with gelled back hairdos. SPJ was never into gel, but she still pulled off towering bangs like a pro.


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THE HIGH PONYTAIL

Before the scrunchie became a symbol of high school hierarchy, Parker wore it to keep her hair in place with a towering ponytail.


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MESSY WAVES

In 1988, the grungy punk bug bit Sarah Jessica Parker. Down came the ponytail and in its place we got a super sexy mess of chaotic curls.


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CURLY LOB

In 1993, SJP joined the likes of Glenn Close to prove curly hair could sculpt an excellent lob.


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SIDE-HEAVY BOB

Toying with 20s Flapper style and the deep parted curls that would become a Carrie Bradshaw classic, 1996 gave us our first glimpse of Sex and the City hair.


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CARRIE BRADSHAW

Then, finally, there she was. The Goldilocks of Manhattan with perfectly curly pyramid of wavy blonde tresses. It was well worth the wait.

Curly hair came into its own thanks to Sarah Jessica Parker. Stars like Jennifer Grey and Glenn Close helped too, but only Sarah saw us all the way from the 80s into the 21st century. Thanks SJP. We owe you one.


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