Just when we thought Pamela Anderson‘s sleek pixie marked her biggest hair makeover this year, the star ditched her trademark blonde hue for a deeper brunette. Anderson was spotted at the Los Angeles airport with seemingly-darker strands, and although a hat was covering most of the style, we couldn’t help but notice the chestnut shade peeking out from underneath. Ever since the start of her career, we’ve only known Anderson as a platinum blonde, which, along with her bombshell wardrobe and sexy smoky eye, quickly became her signature. Her switch to a darker tone definitely comes as a major change, and we can’t wait to see the different — and surely gorgeous — ways she styles it.
When it comes to her latest hair change, it’s pretty clear that Sienna Miller was thinking pink! At the British Fashion Awards in London yesterday, the actress gave her blonde strands a rosy tint, and we loved how her new ‘do made a striking contrast against her emerald gown. Creative hair colors are a fun, edgy way to switch up your existing hue, and the trend is easy enough to create on yourself. If you have blonde hair like the star, a color-depositing conditioner like Evo’s Fabuloso ($40; evohair.com) can give your strands a statement shade that lasts a few days, but if you have darker hair or are on the market for something more temporary, a spray-on version like Eufora’s Creative Streak ($45 for set of three; eufora.net for locations) is your best bet. This isn’t the first time Miller got pretty in pink — back in 2011, she went for a similar rose gold effect before vacationing in Ibiza. We love that she decided to revisit the style — it’s even more chic the second time around.
Jessica Alba has gone blonde — again! The star revealed her new look over the weekend via Instagram, which is for her role in the upcoming movie Barely Lethal. While Alba’s former ombre highlights would be considered a baby step into blonder ambitions for some, this isn’t her first time on the lighter end of the hair spectrum. She first went blonde back in 2005 to play Nancy Callahan in Sin City as well as Sue Storm in Fantastic Four, then dabbled in the look last year to reprise her role in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For. Do you like her new ‘do? Tell us!
While My So-Called Life only aired for one season, the iconic scene where Claire Danes dyes her hair bright red to rebel against her mother holds a special place in our hearts, and apparently in the star’s as well! Right before last night’s taping of The Late Show with David Letterman, Danes revisited her infamous Angela Chase-esque hue, and although it isn’t as intense as the shade worn in the ’90s-era drama, we think it’s flattering all the same — and we’re sure Jordan Catalano would agree. The Homeland actress has been platinum blonde since 2006, when she did a brief stint as a brunette. Her new change poses the obvious question: Does this mean a 2013 update to the cult TV show is in the works? We doubt it, but we can always dream!
The release date for Fifty Shades of Grey may have been pushed back to February 13, 2015, but it’s clear that filming will be starting any day now, as evidenced by Dakota Johnson‘s brunette strands. Johnson, who will play Anastasia Steele in the film interpretation of the steamy novel, unveiled her new look on Monday (wearing Thierry Lasry “Orgasmy” shades) while shopping in Hollywood, only a few days before the Entertainment Weekly cover featuring her and co-star Jamie Dornan arrived on news stands. Fifty Shades of Grey quickly gained momentum after hitting store shelves last year, and despite the hype, the up-and-coming star isn’t intimidated by the risqué plot. “I’m not afraid of this story,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “I understand this girl, and I get it.” We’ve only ever seen Johnson as a blonde, but we have to say, the darker hue is flattering on her and brings a welcome change for the fall season. With production beginning in the next few weeks, we can’t wait to see more sneak peeks at the movie, as well as Dakota’s new brown hair.
Last week, we polled our readers to find out if Splashlights were taking over the hair world as the new ombre, and while the majority of voters were in favor of the gradual ombre effect, some of you admitted that you’d try out the halo-esque Splashlights. That’s why we spoke to colorist Aura Friedman, who kick-started the trend, to find out how she came up with the effect, how to get it, and who can pull it off. “Ombre and Splashlights cannot be compared — they look completely different and will appeal to completely different people,” she said. “Ombre is basically synonymous with painted natural highlight, or variations of sun-bleached hair. Splashlights is a graphic look. It is more conceptual and will appeal and work on a more daring crowd.” Friedman recommends seeing a professional to get the look right, as the process takes anywhere from five to nine hours to complete. She was inspired to try the effect after playing with the concept of light reflection, and noted that people in creative professions — musicians, artists, and people who work in fashion and beauty, to name a few — are more likely to try out such a bold style. While the end result is much different than a graduated ombre highlight, the low-maintenance upkeep remains the same. “Splashlights will not need much maintenance, except a gloss every few months,” she added. “It is a forever-evolving color, and has a different look as it browns further down the hair.”
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The color-change is subtle, but it’s there! At the Paris premiere of Thor: The Dark World, Natalie Portman hit the red carpet in shorter strands with a light ombre effect for a more low-key take on the caramel highlights she has worn throughout the year. But the ombre trend may have some competition! Recently, colorist Aura Friedman at the Sally Hershberger Salon in New York City unveiled a new highlighting method meant to give off a halo effect, with a horziontal strip of blonde spanning from each ear. Dubbed Splashlights, the look is created by adding bleach to a small section of your mid-lengths, and mimics the appearance of a laser beam hitting your strands. The root area is left dark, and the ends are lightened for a natural feel. Caroline Polachek of indie band Chairlift was one of the first to try out the trend, and now we want to know: Would you rather get ombre highlights, or halo-esque Splashlights? Vote in our poll below to tell us!
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Kate Mara and Johnny Depp are bringing Hollywood’s blonde hair trend of the summer into the fall season! Over the weekend, Mara stepped out in West Hollywood with sunny new highlights, while Depp surprised everyone at the BFI London Film Festival Awards by accessorizing his polished suit with much lighter hair. Depp is no stranger to changing up his appearance to get into character (Edward Scissorhands, anyone?), but the jury is still out on whether or not his new ‘do is for an upcoming role. Mara, on the other hand, hasn’t altered her signature auburn shade for years, but the effect is more natural on her. While her red hair did give us serious envy, we think her pale blonde highlights and sandy gold low-lights are flattering, and we can’t wait to see the chic sartorial picks she’ll pair with her new look. Who do you think wears the color best? Tell us in the comments!
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