The Hair(volution) of Rory Gilmore on "Gilmore Girls"

Updated on August 2, 2019
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Gilmore Girls is a beloved feel good show that gave the world our favorite fast-talking mother/daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Throughout the series, fans watched as Rory grew and matured from a teenager into a independent, sophisticated woman. Her fashion and overall style evolved season by season, and the transformation was fun to watch. Let's take a look at the hair(volution) of Rory Gilmore.

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Seasons 1 & 2: Simple & Straight

At the beginning of the series, Rory (Alexis Bledel) kept her hairstyle pretty simple and easy. She wore her hair straight and shoulder length with little muss and fuss. During her days at Chilton, she often accessorized with headbands and hats, giving some oomph to her uniform. Rory would frequently wear her tresses partly up and down, with a little delicate braid lining both sides. The color was a soft brown and her overall style was low-maintenance and effortlessly cute throughout the first two seasons of the show.

Did You Know? In the first season, Lauren Graham (Lorelai) wraps her arms around Alexis Bledel (Rory) multiple times throughout the show. This is because Bledel had no prior acting knowledge and Graham was guiding her to the correct standing positions during filming.

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Season 3: Layered & Highlighted

Season three had Rory's straight hair layered and highlighted, giving her a more refined and sophisticated vibe. Her locks looked more sleek and shiny, and the subtle highlights added a femininity to her style. Her overall fashion began to be more polished, taking a note from her mother Lorelai by wearing chic coats, blouses and dresses. Rory also dabbled more with make-up, sporting soft eye shadows, blushes and a pop of color on her lips. Seeing as Season 3 featured her graduating and preparing for college, Rory's style and hair became more elevated.

Did You Know? The Gilmore Girls are known for their love of all things coffee; surprisingly, Alexis Bledel (Rory) hates the beverage and instead of drinking coffee, she was actually drinking Coca-Cola.

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Season 4: The Bob & Lob

Season 4 brought big changes for our favorite mother/daughter duo, the biggest of which being Rory attending her first year at Yale. For the huge milestone, she decided to switch up her hair completely and chopped off her tresses into an adorable bob. Initially the cut was chin length, giving her a fresh and relaxed vibe. After he break-up with Jess, it made sense for her to want a completely different look. Throughout the season, the bob turned into a lob that just brushed her shoulders. She would often keep it straight and simple, but would switch things up with curling her shorter 'do and adding volume.

Did You Know? Alexis Bledel is of Argentinian descent, and speaks Spanish fluently. She grew up in a Spanish-speaking household and did not learn English until she started school.

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Season 5: Short, Curly & Voluminous

By the fifth season, Rory was truly coming into her own with her fashion and style. Her clothing choices were becoming more intricate and chic, wearing a wide array of elegant dresses, cardigans, blouses and coats. For a good portion of the season, Rory kept her shoulder-length hair in voluminous curls. She often wore it pinned on the sides, highlighting the body and luscious lose waves. Rory was maturing both in her personal life and academically; she was beginning a relationship with Logan Huntzberger, who came from an esteemed family and she was coming into her own at Yale. Her classy and demure style was a reflection of that fact.

Did You Know? The chemistry between Rory and Jess was obvious from the start, probably because Alexis Bledel and Milo Ventimiglia famously dated during much of the show's run. The pair called it quits in 2006 after four years.

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Season 6: Blunt Bangs & Curls

Season 6 brought arguably one of Rory's most daring and stunning hairstyles: the blunt bangs and curls combination. She looked every bit the Ivy League darling (even if she did drop out for a period of time). During this time Rory began staying with Richard and Emily in the pool house, and was not on speaking terms with her mother. Her fashion seemed to reflect the society wives and ladies of the DAR. The heavy bangs and deep curls perfectly framed her face, and the darker shade paired beautifully with her porcelain-like skin tone. Rory wore this chic hairstyle in elegant up-dos, sleek pony tails and in relaxed and loose waves.

Did You Know? Both Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham earned $750,000 per episode in the Gilmore Girls revival. That means our favorite mother/daughter duo earned $3 million for the four episodes!

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Season 7: Feathered Locks & Wispy Bangs

For the final season of Gilmore Girls, Rory continued to sport bangs, but kept them softer and more wispy. Her overall shade seemed to lighten up, and she had her tresses feathered and defined. She either wore her bangs blunt and straight across, or she separated them on either side, framing her face. Once again, Rory was not afraid to embrace curls and volume, but she also played it up by straightening her locks and opting for a sleeker look. By this time, she had completely found herself and matured into a strong, capable woman. She was graduating from college and preparing to follow Obama on the campaign trail, cementing her role as an official grown-up. Her final hairstyle definitely introduced "Reporter Rory" to the world.

Did You Know? Alexis Bledel earned a Primetime Emmy Award for her role as Ofglen/Emily Malek in The Handmaid's Tale in 2017.

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