Say hello to the newest blonde in Rosewood! Lucy Hale unveiled honey-blonde hair with sun-kissed highlights on Wednesday, February 17.
“I dye,” the Pretty Little Liars actress, 26, wrote via Instagram, shouting out hairstylist Kristin Ess. “thank you @kristin_ess for temporarily making me the blonde alter ego I’ve always wanted to be.”
Of course, this isn’t Hale’s first flirtation with flaxen tresses. The actress has tried caramel highlights on and off since 2012. Even more adventurously, she’s been flaunting blonde ombre hair with dark roots since PLL returned this past January. (She, Ashley Benson and Troian Bellisario are all rocking new hair to emphasize the series’ 5-year flash-forward.)
“It wasn’t for any particular reason other than [the fact that] she has a little downtime between shooting her new movie, Dude, and going back to PLL,” Ess tells Us Weekly. “That’s when she gets to do fun things, but only temporarily, hence the Instagram caption.”
And she pulled off the transformation in a natural way. “Lucy is a true brunette with a bold brown brow, and we wanted to keep that in mind,” she explains. “To keep things on the natural side we kept a little root. We did a super-fine highlight all over, because she just came off the cinnamon-toned rich brunette train and we had work through that warmth.”
The stylist promised that Hale would be back to her natural shade in about a month and a half. But until then, Ess notes, “She’ll have to keep up the toning by using purple shampoos and getting a toning gloss in a couple weeks.”
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