When 'Mad Men' first debuted in 2007, everyone was talking about Christina Hendricks—specifically, her vibrant red hair and hourglass figure. In a sea of generic celebs, she was a breath of fresh air!
Okay, I think we all realized that her hair colour comes from a bottle, not nature. And whether her curves are actually real, I'll leave for you to decide.
But what about the rest? Could she have changed her facial features, like so many of her peers, along the road to fame?
Let's take a look at her dramatic beauty transformation over the years.
Christina in the 1990s
As a '90s high school student, Christina was a full-fledged Goth girl! It's actually kind of adorable. She has said she grew up "feeling ugly, awkward and horrible" and began dyeing her hair red, then purple, starting at age 10.
It was after high school that she started experimenting with wigs. She wore one to enter a Seventeen cover model contest (and lost), but it was then that she realized she could actually "feel pretty." Keep that in mind as we look through these photos!
Christina in 2004
By age 29, Christina was still looking for her big acting break, and didn't have all the top stylists on speed-dial like she does now. As you can see, her dyed red hair is a bit rooty and certainly not as shiny and voluminous as we're used to seeing it now. Her face looks exactly the same, though.
Christina in 2005
I think this is also her real hair, in 2005. It's naturally fine and flat (maybe more so from all the colour).
Christina in 2007
Two years later, Christina was right on the cusp on fame. Already, the styling has improved thanks to 'Mad Men.' Look closely at the hairstyle, though. You can see her scalp around the part, and there are both straight and curly pieces through the lengths. I'm guessing that she used a hairpiece (called a fall) that sits on the crown to add the appearance of fullness. But it's not as high quality as the ones she wears later on.
Christina in 2008
For this event, Christina wore her hair up and very textured, in a more vibrant, event red. It's much more uniform—I'd never guess it was not her own!
I think this is her real hair again, just blown out for a bit more fullness. She looks adorable here—very fresh and natural. The lip stain is especially pretty!
And this one looks like her real hair without any styling, and in need of a root touch-up! It's just a little surprising since we never seen Christina looking anything less than perfectly groomed these days.
Christina in 2009
The beauty upgrades continued alongside the success of 'Mad Men.' Celebrity makeup artists have told me that the reason stars seem to get better-dressed and better-looking is because it's all paid for by the studios. When they're on a hit series, they get to work with the best hair and makeup artists for any red carpet events. And it really shows! From now on, we won't see Christina without a wig or hairpiece.
Christina in 2010
In this one, a careful observer can detect the hairpiece adding volume. Her bangs are very fine, there's a bit of visible scalp, and then an enormous bouffant! Even still, I've always loved this look, especially the eyeliner and lipstick.
This is one of the most famous Christina shots, which you'll surely remember from the Golden Globes. I still love it, all these years later! I think this is a wig because the colour is so much brighter, and it's so thick and full, with no scalp peeking through. Seeing as most fine-haired types struggle with mousses, root-lifting sprays and round brushes in hopes of achieving similar volume, I think it's REALLY important to know this ain't real.
Christina in 2011
The following year's array of wigs were even more obvious, to those paying attention (I wasn't, back then!). Christina was 36 here, and you can clearly see she has an extra piece of hair—resembling a combover—at the top. Her forehead is very, very smooth, so she may have started Botox by this time.
Then, her hair suddenly transformed to a lighter red, in a bobbed wavy style! Looking back, how did it not cross my mind that this was not her hair? Truly, it does look amazing, especially how it's matchy with the lipstick colour. I wonder how she can stand wearing wigs all the time though—my head would get so hot and itchy!
Christina in 2012
Now we're back to a longer, curlier style. I really love this one, too. Her skin looks so fresh; if she is injecting, it's not detectable.
Notice how Christina has been able to gradually expand her wig wardrobe. This straight, side-parted style might be my favourite. They're so realistic, I can't imagine how much they cost to have made! I also love her red lipstick, black liner and blush.
Christina in 2013
Alright, the first really bad wig showed up in 2013. It's way too bright, and kinda cheap-looking, I think. Also wondering if she did something to her mouth? I'm not sure if it's just her expression here or if she got a few jabs that made it difficult to move that area.
Now, see how she went from that bright red and bangs to this short, thick, wavy strawberry blonde. I don't think I need to convince anybody at this point, right?
Another wig in her collection is this wavy long bob style. I think the darker reds like this are the most beautiful with her complexion.
Christina in 2014
Here's the photo that inspired this Before & After in the first place. I had been marvelling at her miraculous ability to never have roots... then I realized why!
Update: Christina in 2015
In 2015, Christina continued to defy the aging process (or else has a REALLY good doctor), as her skin still looks in great condition. She was 40 here. While this wig is pretty bright, the texture and length make it look close to natural.
Update: Christina in 2016
It looks like Christina is moving away from her signature fire engine hue and opting for a lighter, softer red. The bangs make the wig look like her own hair.
Update: Christina in 2017
And that brings us to 2017. Christina looks to be aging very naturally, with no major procedures to her face (so far). Her wig game has also come a long way since she first started walking the red carpet!
I don't know about you, but looking at Christina, I don't see any evidence of surgical enhancement (at least from the neck up!).
If she has tried injections, they were extremely conservative and well done. So it seems the only real "enhancement" going on here is the hair!
She readily admits to using fake hair, by the way. In 2008, Christina told the New York Post, "I wear little wiglet pieces [for the show], and then they blend my hair in. There's just so much teasing and construction, my hair would just be breaking off. The just try to preserve our hair, little helpful things."
It only makes sense that she'd wear them on the red carpet as well. So if you've had hair envy, it's VERY helpful to know that—and realize that celebs aren't these genetic freaks born with more hair than anyone else.
As any hairdresser will tell you, it's all smoke and mirrors. Hairpieces, wigs and extensions are ubiquitous in Hollywood—and you do need bags of money to afford the highest-quality, believable-looking ones.
So that, my friend, is how they make the celebrity sausage. Let me know what you think!
How do you feel about Christina's beauty evolution?
Which of these looks is your favourite?
What "beauty work" do you think she's had done?