Ashlee Simpson, Reese Witherspoon and Meg Ryan made headlines with their newsworthy switches from sunny blonde to rich shades of brunette. While Reese and Meg morphed from light to dark for specific movie roles, Ashlee altered her buttery blonde hair color more in keeping with her hot new rocker chic image. (Pictured - Ashlee Simpson - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno - Monday, May 24, 2004 -- NBC Photo: Bjerke).
Ashlee welcomed her MTV camera crew into her bathroom for her at-home brunette transformation. ala reality TV style. Reese Witherspoon had a Vanity Fair writer present at an LA salon while she had her blonde highlights turned off through an application of "disgusting brown goop".
Sooner or later all the biggest stars and Hollywood celebrities seem to go with a major hair color change. Whether they go from blonde to brunette or some other color path, the change makes an instant splash. (Image of Reese Witherspoon on Tonight Show With Jay Leno - 8/31/04 - NBC Photo: Paul Drinkwater - all rights reserved NBC).
Some celebrities like Madonna change their hair color so often it is hard to keep track of what hue they are presently sporting.
Although Ashlee Simpson is famous for dying her blonde hair darker at home all by herself, she actually had advance coloring tips from her regular celebrity hair colorist, Rita Hazan (Rita Hazan Salon in NYC - 212-734-4757). Meanwhile, Reese put herself in the hands of an LA celebrity hair colorist to transform her into a brunette beauty.
Star Pittsburgh hairdresser and owner of 13 salons, Philip Pelusi, pointed out "highlights are not always the best color decision for everyone". Philip, whose conglomerate of salons "did over 80,000 hair color treatments last year", commented that "darker tones add more depth, definition and interest to tresses for many". Even better, Philip suggested that darker brunette colors, when matched to the actual haircut, can look richer. When a series of darker tones are combined together this can punch up the hair's shine factor."
Blonde To Brunette Survival Tips
If you are itching to go with a richer, darker brunette shade, keep in mind some of the following hair care tips:
Whether you visit a professional hair colorist or decide to color your hair at home, for best results, take your time and consider all the long term ramifications of darker. Once you do, take very good care of your newly colored hair and it will reward you with beautiful shine, glossiness and movement.