As Emma Watson reunites with her pixie cut, her hair evolution through the years

·Fashion and Shopping Writer, Yahoo Life UK
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From Hermione to Belle, Emma Watson's hair has changed as much as her characters. (Getty Images)
From Hermione to Belle, Emma Watson's hair has changed as much as her characters. (Getty Images)

Twelve years ago Emma Watson cut her hair into its first crop. Perhaps out of defiance for having the same hair for so long as one third of the Harry Potter heroes, perhaps she just wanted a change.

Now, the 32-year-old actor has brought back her old pixie cut, with a modern twist.

The Harry Potter star debuted her new ‘do in Prada’s latest fragrance campaign, for which Watson is the new face.

The images released by the Italian fashion house show Watson’s newly shorn hair for the collaboration, with dangling Prada earrings and a dramatic eyeliner moment.

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The Prada campaign also marks her directorial debut for the brand.

“Prada has always gone beyond traditional models and archetypes of conceived beauty and is famous for a femininity that challenges conventions,” Watson said in a press release.

“It’s a pleasure to create a campaign and represent a fragrance with such a profound philosophical concept and sustainability initiatives in a way that feels genuinely real and relevant,” she added.

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Having been in the spotlight for over 20 years, it's no surprise that we’ve seen a few changes in Emma Watson’s hair styles over the years; from child actor to fashion face and UN ambassador, the star has been through several styles and colours in her time in the limelight.

As she is reunited with her pixie cut, take a look back at Emma Watson’s hairstyle evolution through the years.

2000

Emma Watson at a photocall to present the new cast of the Harry Potter films in 2000
Emma Watson at a photocall to present the new cast of the Harry Potter films in 2000. (Getty Images)

Before she was a household name, Emma Watson was a normal 10-year-old and with it, she had a normal 10-year-old's haircut: natural light brown hair with a straight fringe and her natural curls coming through.

2002

Emma Watson at the Los Angeles premiere of
Emma Watson at the Los Angeles premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 2002. (Getty Images)

The actor grew out her hair and fringe over the next few years, pushing her fringe to the side and adding a few more layers to her locks.

2004

Emma Watson on the Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban New York premiere red carpet in 2004
Emma Watson on the Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban New York premiere red carpet in 2004. (Getty Images)

A fresh trim and some golden highlights came through in 2004, where Watson embraced her curly hair on the red carpet.

2005

Emma Watson at the New York premiere of Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire in 2005. (Getty Images)
Emma Watson at the New York premiere of Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire in 2005. (Getty Images)

The era-appropriate side-swept fringe stuck with Watson for a few years, and became her go-to style.

2006

Emma Watson at the Sony Ericsson Empire Film Awards in 2006. (Getty Images)
Emma Watson at the Sony Ericsson Empire Film Awards in 2006. (Getty Images)

2006 saw Watson adopting a Noughties version of the Nineties' "The Rachel" haircut, with several layers.

2007

Emma Watson at the European premiere of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix in 2007. (Getty Images)
Emma Watson at the European premiere of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix in 2007. (Getty Images)

The Harry Potter star played with some lighter golden tones as she got older.

2008

Emma Watson at the Vue West End in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
Emma Watson at the Vue West End in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)

The actor reunited with her 10-year-old hair style by cutting a new fringe into her golden locks.

2010

Emma Watson at the reception to celebrate the new Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios at Claridge's in 2010. (Getty Images)
Emma Watson at the reception to celebrate the new Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios at Claridge's in 2010. (Getty Images)

New hair who is this? After finally finishing the filming for all of the Harry Potter films (where she had to keep her hair more-or-less the same as Hermione's) Watson mixed things up with a fresh pixie cut and darker hue.

2011

Emma Watson at the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards. (Getty Images)
Emma Watson at the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards. (Getty Images)

She opted for a lighter, more buttery golden hue as she grew out the pixie cut.

2011

Emma Watson at the Late Show With David Letterman in 2011 in New York City. (Getty Images)
Emma Watson at the Late Show With David Letterman in 2011 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Watson returned to a darker shade as she grew out the cropped style.

2012

Emma Watson  at the MTV movie awards in 2012. (Getty Images)
Emma Watson at the MTV movie awards in 2012. (Getty Images)

The pixie cut reached bob length in 2012, and Watson's hair colour returned to a more natural light brown with golden highlights.

2014

Emma Watson at the Madrid premiere of Noah in 2014. (Getty Images)
Emma Watson at the Madrid premiere of Noah in 2014. (Getty Images)

Watson returned to the dark side in 2014, and wore her hair in a dramatic side sweep for the premiere of Noah in Madrid, Spain.

2016

Emma Watson at the premiere of Colonia Dignidad - Es gibt kein zurueck in Berlin in 2016. (Getty Images)
Emma Watson at the premiere of Colonia Dignidad - Es gibt kein zurueck in Berlin in 2016. (Getty Images)

Watson went back to a fringe in 2016, but this time opting for the softer, curtain-style bangs instead of a straight fringe.

2018

Emma Watson at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. (Getty Images)
Emma Watson at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. (Getty Images)

The Harry Potter star, went even further in 2018 and had a really short fringe cut into her brunette locks.

2021

Emma Watson at the Earthshot Prize 2021 at Alexandra Palace in 2021. (Getty Images)
Emma Watson at the Earthshot Prize 2021 at Alexandra Palace in 2021. (Getty Images)

The actor returned to a side-swept brunette bob in 2021.

2022

Emma Watson at the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2022 Spice. (Getty Images)
Emma Watson at the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2022 Spice. (Getty Images)

Either Watson has some really quick regrowth, or she had some extensions added for the BAFTA awards in 2022, with a neutralising grey toner by the looks of things, too.

2022

Emma Watson during Paris Fashion Week, Haute Couture in 2022. (Getty Images)
Emma Watson during Paris Fashion Week, Haute Couture in 2022. (Getty Images)

Watson went for the chop again in 2022, this time with a modern, soft cut with gradual layers and a bottleneck fringe at the front.

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