While wigs can be a fun way to switch up your style, sometimes they’re also a necessity. Intricate hairstyles like endless braid-based options and fabulous dye jobs can help you slay with your magnificent mane, but they can also take their toll. Just ask Keira Knightley. After 20 years in the biz, the constant character-based transformations have resulted in some serious damage to actress’s hair, which led the Pride & Prejudice star to reveal that, for the past five years, she’s being wearing wigs.

Keira Knightly

“I have dyed my hair virtually every color imaginable for different films. It got so bad that my hair literally began to fall out of my head,” Keira told Instyle UK. “So for the past five years I’ve used wigs, which is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to my hair.”

We assume she means she’s been wearing wigs while on set to avoid having to chop or dye her hair for each role, because lately, her off-screen style has been all about the shiny, healthy-looking natural locks.

Keira Knightly

And that’s not the only thing that’s happened to her hair. After having her first child, Edie, in 2015, Keira noticed a change. “I have naturally crazy, curly hair, and since I’ve had the baby it’s become 10 times thicker. So now I’ve been finding quite a lot of dreadlocks.” Gotta wonder if that’s a look we’ll be seeing her sport on the red carpet.

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