May 10, 2023

10 of Jenna Ortega’s Best Hair Moments

Jenna Ortega may be known as the ultimate goth girl, but when it comes to her hair and makeup, she’s one that can pull off an array of stunning moments.

Jenna Ortega–some may say she’s the queen of the grunge thanks to her recent role as Wednesday Adams–but you’d be mistaken for thinking that’s the only look she can pull off. Starting her acting career as a child and recently catapulting to popularity since stepping off the set of Wednesday, Ortega is a star we can count on to bring us consistently stunning beauty moments. 

With the goth girl look being one of her signatures, she is definitely one to watch in the beauty space and we’re here to give you the rundown on her best hair moments. Hairstylists David Stanwell and Clayton Hawkins are behind most of Ortega’s recent hair looks, so naturally we headed straight to their Instagram feeds to soak up all that Ortega goodness. If you’re not convinced of curtain bangs yet, you will be by the end of this.

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What better place to begin than with one of her signature looks—curtain bangs with loose layered waves. For the 2023 SAG Awards, Ortega stuck to what she does best and makes it seem effortless. The simplicity of the hair perfectly balances the overall look for the event, solidifying this hair moment as one of Ortega’s best.


For the Critics Choice Celebration of Latino Cinema & TV last year, Ortega’s hair look was a perfectly undone updo. The soft caramel brunette helps to highlight the softness of this look, as well as compliments the makeup choice. The hairstyle itself radiates effortless, with a few pieces of hair left to drape naturally at the front, framing Ortega’s stunning features.


Channelling her signature tousled bangs look, Ortega opted for a slightly sleeker (yet still voluminous) hair moment for the 2023 Golden Globes. Speaking to Byrdie, Ortega’s hairstylist, David Stanwell, explains he achieved the look using velcro curlers to maintain volume and hold shape.


A look that’s somewhat rare on Ortega – The side part! On a Wednesday press day, Ortega’s hair was swept to the side, with glossy locks the feature. The colour reflects a hint of auburn, without abandoning the dark brunette tones Ortega does so well.  If we didn’t already believe side parts were making a comeback, now we’re convinced!


The classic half-up half-down hairstyle is always a winner, especially when you’re Jenna Ortega! In a look for her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, Ortega’s hair is half pulled back leaving silky tresses to fall  softly with a subtle curl on the ends. Of course, Ortega’s curtain bangs are a feature (and perhaps the highlight), bringing together the half-up half-down look flawlessly.


Here Ortega rocks the ultimate cool-girl hairstyle for an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – The Shag! Channelling the ‘70s with this choppy layered hair look, Ortega might just be a contributing reason as to why this style is gaining popularity again. Copper tones are reflected through her hair, adding warmth to the overall look.


A hairstyle that can always be relied on to instantly elevate a look is sleek waves. Ortega is glowing here, with her hairstylist, Clayton Hawkins, opting for softened glossy waves. Far from the shaggy moment from the last look, Ortega’s hair looks luscious, silky and elegant.


For the 2022 Met Gala, Ortega went pink – Valentino Pink. And we’re not just talking her hot pink Valentino fit, pink hair accessories were selected to bring a pop of colour to her hair too. Hairstylist David Stanwell went with undone voluminous waves to bring a dreamlike feel to this hair moment, adding hair accessories to tie it together and compliment the details of her dress.


For this hair moment, Ortega goes for a simple sleek straight down do. We’ve seen Ortega pull off short hair looks, however, here it seems it’s all about length. The hair colour is a rich deep brunette, which helps to give the hair a silky smooth appearance and reflects that beautiful shine.


A hairstyle that’s seemingly less common on Ortega is up dos, so here we’re finishing our round up with – you guessed it – an up do! For a more recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Ortega stuns with a perfectly messy bun. Loose tousled pieces of hair frame her face effortlessly, while the rest is pulled back in an up do, giving the overall hair look a ‘I woke up like this’ feel.


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