A Gallery of Actress Michelle Williams' Short Hairstyles

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Why Michelle Williams Is a Hair Icon

Michell Williams' hairstyles
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When it comes to beauty, actress Michelle Williams is known for her super cute pixie hairstyle (shown here in the middle picture). She kept it short for several years before growing it out.

In this gallery, review Williams's beauty transformation and some of her best hairstyles over the years.

Michelle made her debut in the movie, Lassie, then went on to star in Dawson's Creek. After that, she was in several indie movies before landing the big screen role in Brokeback Mountain, where she met Heath Ledger, who became her boyfriend and father of her child.

But what she became really known for was her major chop back in 2007, when she debuted a pixie hairstyle. She told Elle UK magazine why she cut it and how she felt about wearing short hair:

"I've really grown into it -- I feel like myself with short hair. And it's been a really long time since I had long hair, five years. Of course, the only people who like it are gay men and my girlfriends. Straight men across the board are not into this hair! I cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair and I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it."

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Michelle Williams Cuts Her Hair: Love It or Leave It?

Michelle Williams
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Before you commit to a pixie, you might consider the upkeep. Some women find pixies to be incredibly low-maintenance, while others find they require more product and hair tools than expected.

So much depends on your hair texture. Fine hair can fall flat flat and need molding pastes or at least salt spray to create texture, whereas thick, coarse hair may need leave-in conditioners and a flat iron to mold into place. Get the facts on what your hair will need with a pixie cut in "The Best Hair Products for Pixie Hairstyles."

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Another View of Her Hairstyle

Michelle Williams
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The color of her cut truly complements her rosy complexion. The deep, sloppy side part gives the style a sultry vibe.

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A Side View of Her Short Hairstyle

Michelle Williams
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This slightly mussy cut is flattering on the actress, who famously played Marilyn Monroe in the film "My Week With Marilyn."

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A Formal Version of Her Hairstyle

Michelle Williams
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 This short look really draws attention to her green eyes. It also highlights her earrings.

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Slightly Longer

Michelle Williams
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 Williams' hair has grown out slightly here.

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Michelle Williams With Short Hair in 2008

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 Michelle Williams looks beautiful with this bob with bangs.

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Michelle Williams in 2008 at the Cannes Film Festival

Michelle Williams
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 This bob is perfect for the office.

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Michelle in June 2015

Michelle Williams
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This bleached long bob gives Williams edge, but it's not her most flattering look. The platinum color makes her look a bit washed out.

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The Famous Pixie

Michelle Williams pixie haircut
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Williams looks elegant in a retro way with this look. She calls to mind the Hitchcock blondes of yesteryear.

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Red Hair

Michelle Williams
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 This light red pixie gives the hairdo an edge.