|Gillian Anderson: Alien Redhead
|Karen Marie Shelton
|Date: 5/5/2002, 6/6/2002, 6/29/2005
Anderson in her now famous role as Agent Dana Scully (shown to the
side) has suffered through many tragedies in television's role as the
super X-Files medical sleuth and FBI agent.
(Photo from THE X-Files Finale Sunday,
May 19th on FOX. ™ 2002 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY. CR: Larry
While Dana's life on the X-Files has
evolved, so has her chemically enhanced lustrous red locks. Her
hairstyle has morphed through a series of lengths, styles and hues
during her many years as the brilliant Agent Scully.
Ironically Gillian is a natural blonde
with naturally curly hair. In her long role as Agent Scully,
Gillian left her blonde curls behind and became famous for her
straight bobs and her various red inspired hues.
September 1993 - May 1994
Scully appeared in the pilot of the X-Files with a long, sleek dark
cinnamon red bob that nestled at her shoulders. Her hair was
pulled back from her face with no bangs. The look was serious if not
As the first
season progressed, Scully's hair appeared to get more fashionable and
better coiffed. Her style appeared to become fuller and
shorter. By the last show of the first season, which aired in
May of 1994, Scully was sporting a full, cinnamon red, straight
bob with side swept bangs. Her hair appeared to be slightly shorter
than the pilot although her hair was still touching the top of her
shoulders. Even though Gillian's hair appeared to be styled in a
straight modified Dutch boy bob, a hint of her natural curls could be
seen around the ends of her do.
the long nine season run of the X-Files, Gillian's hairstyles
evolved away from bangs like the ones she wore in the first season. As
a professional FBI agent, Scully often was coifed rather
conservatively and with minimal accessories.
Photo of Gillian
Anderson (Scully) where she trades an alien fetus for Mulder (David
Duchovny) who has been kidnapped on the very last episode of season
one of THE X-FILES "The Erlenmeyer Flask," which originally
aired on May 13, 1994. ™ 1994 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY. CR: FOX.
a more serious hairstyle befitting her professional role as a medical
doctor, Agent Dana Scully (Gillian
Anderson) searches for a man with unimaginable regenerative powers in
THE X-FILES episode "Leonard Betts" which originally aired
on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997.™ 1997 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY. CR:
During late 1996
and early 1997 Agent Scully's hair was worn darker and closer to
the face which signified her evolving role as a serious scientist.
Starting in 1996 her hairstyle was much shorter and during the early
1997 episodes her hair was worn either with one side behind the ear
(Demons episode) or pulled back completely from her face.
X-FILES - SEASON 7: Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigates
a number of murders that lead to the discovery of a
"monster" who kills to feed a gruesome habit in the
"Hungry" episode of THE X-FILES which originally aired
Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999 on FOX.™ 1999 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY. CR:
During the Fall of 1999 Agent Dana Scully's hair took on a much
sleeker, short bob shape with interwoven hues that gave her hair a
lighter and brighter look.
X-FILES - SEASON 7: Agent Scully (Gillian Anderson) finds Agent Mulder
(David Duchovny) collapsed from snake bites in the "Signs &
Wonders" episode of THE X-FILES which originally aired Sunday,
Jan. 23, 2000 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. 1999 FOX
BROADCASTING COMPANY CR: Carin Baer/FOX.
During the early
part of 2000 Agent Scully had a very short bob worn at her
cheeks. Although it was a totally different look, it gave her a
more intense and harder image.
personally thought that Gillian had her best look in the Fall season
of 2000. Her hair was styled in a very sleek full bob that feel
softly around the face. The color was created with lighter
highlights that had light strawberry blonde hue. Although Agent Scully
still appeared to be very professional, this style gave her a softer
and more flattering appearance.
THE X-FILES -
SEASON 8: and Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson, R) investigates a
case involving a series of gruesome murders linked to a bat-like
creature, in the “Patience” episode of THE X-FILES which
originally aired Sun., Nov. 19, 2000 on FOX. 2000FOX BROADCASTING
2001 drew to a close, Gillian's hair was worn
much longer than it had been since almost the beginning of the
series. Although she wore a straight, sleek bob, the ends were
slightly curled right below the shoulder. The color was much
darker from the previous year.
investigates the bizzare murder of a teenager on THE X-FILES episode
"Lord Of The Flies," which aired Sunday, December 16th
(9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.™ 2001 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY.
CR: Larry Watson/FOX.
May 2002 - Finale
the final show Gillian appeared with a much softer hairstyle.
Her natural curls were more evident and the color was a vibrant
Her hair reflected her character's evolution from a
naive FBI medical doctor to a seasoned agent who had survived her own
abduction by aliens, a bout with cancer, attack by a wild cast and
crew of X-file freaks and monstors, the birth of her miracle
"super baby" and her own personal love relationship with
Mulder. Her maturity and strength are reflected her last hairstyle for
the final show.
Steal Agent Scully's
Soft "Barely There" Curls
To copy Scully's season finale (shown above)
finger-fluffed curls have your stylist shear your hair into a long
layered bob that falls a little below your shoulders. This style
is perfect for hair that is naturally wavy or moderately
with a product that adds
moisture unless you have thin/fine
hair that needs volume.
Follow with a rinse out conditioner and a cool/cold water rinse to
seal the hair cuticle.
2. Towel blot hair to remove excess
3. Apply a straightening balm like Mine
Smooth Sailing or Phytotherathrie's Phytodefrisant
Balm and detangle hair with a wide-toothed comb or pick. If
you want to add more volume, apply a root volumizer like Matrix
Amplify or PhytoActif
4. Part hair slightly off-center like
Blow dry hair (use a Conair
dryer for extra shine and softness) on a warm setting using a round
brush to style as you dry. Focus the dryer's
air-flow at the crown of the head to make the layers near the crown
smooth and soft. After the crown is completely dry direct the
air flow from the roots to the ends to help the cuticle to lay flatter
and reflect more shine.
you wish to add more volume, first direct
blow dryer air flow to the root area. Use the brush to lift
the roots and then direct the air flow from the ends to the roots to
6. After the hair is 100% dry separate the hair
into one inch sections. Focus on the ends of the hair around the
perimeter of the style.
7. Apply a good heat styling protection spray
Heat Protection Spray.
Use a Conair
Steam and Shine curling iron with a 1/2 to 1 1/2 inch barrel
depending on the desired curl size. Work from one side to the
other and use the curling iron to create soft curls.
you prefer ringlets use the Conair
Spiral curling iron or the new Conair
9. Let the curls completely cool. Use your
fingers to carefully fluff the top layers of you style to add
height. Spray with a good
styling spray. Hair should have volume on top and soft
"barely there" curls at the ends nestled into the nape of
the neck and behind the ears.
Rub a small amount of Phytotherathrie
Defrisant Serum or Mine's Barbee Blast into the palms of your
hands and glide over your style for added brilliance and shine.
If you prefer a chunkier look, add a good wax like Kusco
Murphy Cinnamon Wax or Beach
Wax and apply to the curls to style.
11. Spray the entire style with a light
spray to set.
Instantly dress up the style by brushing hair behind
one ear and pin a large bright flower in place ala Jennifer Lopez.
Gillian The Actress
Gillian's love of theater began in high
school, when she participated in community theater productions. Later,
Anderson studied with the National Theatre of Great Britain at Cornell
University in Ithaca, NY, and then at the Goodman Theater School at
Chicago's DePaul University, where she obtained her BFA degree.
Now the recipient of two SAG Awards, a
Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Drama
Series, Gillian's first big break came when she was cast in one of the
starring roles in The X-FILES which premiered in September 1993.
Earlier, Anderson had gained recognition as an actress for her notable
Off-Broadway performance in Alan Ayckborne's "Absent
Friends" at the Manhattan Theater Club, for which she won a
Theatre World Award. Gillian also appeared in Christopher Hampton's
play "The Philanthropist" at the Long Wharf Theater.
Anderson's feature film credits include "The Mighty," "Hellcab,"
"The X-Files," "Playing By Heart" and she recently
completed production on "House of Mirth." Anderson resides
in Los Angeles.
The X-Files Series
Chris Carter's The X-Files was
and will continue to be a ground breaking series that gave birth to a
genre, helped brand a network and became an international pop-culture
icon and syndication phenomenon.
Throughout its nine year network run on
Fox, it held #1 time period ratings and was awarded over 40 honors,
including 16 Emmys, 5 Golden Globes and the prestigious Peabody