So many celebrity hair changes lately! Let’s talk about Katy (purple), Anne (short), Gwyneth (Ombré) and more…

Katy Perry - purple hair

Wowza! Have you noticed how many celebs have changed up their hair lately? Mostly colour, but also—in the case of Anne Hathaway—cut. (But maybe that one doesn’t count as much, since it’s for her role in Les Misérables. Can’t wait!)

Olivia Wilde switched up her colour for a role too—she’s now a blonde. But the rest of these celebrity hair chamelons? Well, I think we can all conclude that Katy Perry’s ever-changing hues are most likely a quest to stay relevant. (Although she got extensions too, and I reluctantly approve.) I kinda feel a little weird about Gwyneth Paltrow’s colour as well, since she just hopped on to the Ombré train… but a few years too late. Then there is my girl Emma Stone, who recently re-blondified. She looks good no matter what, so I can’t complain.

Come take a look, and then let me know what YOU think.

Katy Perry before

Here’s her (frankly unflattering) blue bob earlier this month in India:

Katy Perry blue bob in India April 2012 So many celebrity hair changes lately! Lets talk about Katy (purple), Anne (short), Gwyneth (Ombré) and more...

Katy Perry after

Now she’s sporting both purple dye and hair extensions:

Katy Perry purple hair So many celebrity hair changes lately! Lets talk about Katy (purple), Anne (short), Gwyneth (Ombré) and more...

I like the length so much better, and for the colour I do think that the closer she gets to her previous black, the better. This shade looks different depending on how much light hits it—the pic at the top is more subtle, whereas this one with the camera flash makes the purple really pop. (Guess which one I prefer?)

Olivia Wilde before

Did you know Olivia was on The O.C.? She was blonde then, and colouring her hair darker was what really helped her switch into “serious actress” mode. Here she is earlier this year:

Olivia Wilde Empire Awards 2012 So many celebrity hair changes lately! Lets talk about Katy (purple), Anne (short), Gwyneth (Ombré) and more...

Olivia Wilde after

And now she’s blonde again:

Olivia Wilde blonde So many celebrity hair changes lately! Lets talk about Katy (purple), Anne (short), Gwyneth (Ombré) and more...

Girl is so gorgeous that either hue works, but I think her eyes and skin stand out so much more when she’s brunette. Let’s hope she goes back!

Anne Hathaway before

This pic is from the fall. Witness one of the best manes of hair in the biz:

Anne Hathaway Hollywood Film Awards 2011 So many celebrity hair changes lately! Lets talk about Katy (purple), Anne (short), Gwyneth (Ombré) and more...

Anne Hathaway after

And now… sad face. Surely you’ve seen her short crop by now?

Anne Hathaway short hair1 So many celebrity hair changes lately! Lets talk about Katy (purple), Anne (short), Gwyneth (Ombré) and more...

So admittedly, it’s hard to tell how good this cut is for her, since she’s not all red carpet style in this pap shot. But I’m not going to lie—if I had her insanely thick, shiny, long, voluminous hair I would NEVAH, EVAH chop it. What’s wrong with wigs?

Gwyneth Paltrow before

Remember this pic from when she was hanging all casual with Cameron? It’s the long, straight, slightly-stringy blonde that we’ve come to know (but maybe not love) for Gwyneth:

Gwyneth Paltrow The Arts Club London October 2012 So many celebrity hair changes lately! Lets talk about Katy (purple), Anne (short), Gwyneth (Ombré) and more...

Gwyneth Paltrow after

Same length and style… but with Ombré tips!

Gwyneth Paltrow Ombre hair So many celebrity hair changes lately! Lets talk about Katy (purple), Anne (short), Gwyneth (Ombré) and more...

I don’t know about this one. It just doesn’t seem to suit Gwyneth’s regal aura—like, she’s kind of above these sorts of trends, don’t you think? Plus I feel like the colour on the ends is making them appear even MORE stringy than usual.

Emma Stone before

Here’s the red from earlier this year. (By the way, I’m not sure how I missed this eyeshadow tragedy! Emma, please keep the red hues to your HAIR, not your face.)

Emma Stone W magazine party 2012 So many celebrity hair changes lately! Lets talk about Katy (purple), Anne (short), Gwyneth (Ombré) and more...

Emma Stone after

And here she is last month debuting a strawberry blonde:

Emma Stone Nickelodeon 2012 So many celebrity hair changes lately! Lets talk about Katy (purple), Anne (short), Gwyneth (Ombré) and more...

I like this colour better than when she was platinum blonde last year. But she’s still my very favourite redhead, even if it’s from a bottle.

Now, over to you guys:

Which one of these celebrity hair transformations is your favourite?
Which one do you wish never happened at all?
Are you thinking of making any dramatic hair changes for spring?


Thursday, April 19/2012 at 1:11 pm

Katy Perry has the best hair transformation but it wasn’t a tough choice for me considering what her colour was before.


Thursday, April 19/2012 at 1:25 pm

Why does Katy Perry always have that terrible regrowth? COMMIT to it already! If you’re going to do those kind of colours, you can’t get lazy and skip out on weekly touch ups. As if it doesnt look cheap enough already.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 2:47 pm

Since the purple was just done I think the root action was deliberate… she did the same thing when she first went blue:

I kinda like it actually… makes it a bit less cartoony and more natural.


Thursday, April 19/2012 at 2:06 pm

I think Katy Perry is a wonderful example of how you have to know exactly what your doing when you make such a dramatic change to your hair, and now she has to commit to it! Its a tough one, but I think I actually prefer the electric blue bob. I would defo CHOOSE her as a brunette, but it is what it is…

I definitely prefer Olivia as a brunette, there are just certain shades that define’s you (as an actress/singer etc), and I think her ombre’d brown was that colour. Now she just looks a bit samey samey as every other Hollywood blonde.

I am SHOCKED by Anne. Why did this happen?? I reeeeeally hope this is for a role and not Britney 2.0, but her hair was SO NICE BEFORE. I really loved her hair from the Rio premiere or press conference or whatever, the colour was a slightly less brassy version of the above. I just hope she get’s this movie (if thats why) done and finished pronto.

Not really feeling Gwyneth’s reverse ombre, to me it should always be dark to light, it looks so natural whereas this looks obviously dyed, although its not awful. Its almost like two-tone colour on the bottom layer.

Emma looks really strange, is it just me or does the blonde make her eyes look completely watery? I can’t tell if its because of the too light eyeshadow all around the eyes, but I definitely preferred the platinum and the red to this shade, it almost matches her skin?

Huge fan, fellow blonderexic Thomas xx


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:04 pm

Yes I think Emma needs more makeup with the new colour – otherwise it washes her out. Same thing with Olivia!


Nomadic D
Thursday, April 19/2012 at 2:13 pm

Gosh, I’m not feeling ANY of these! With the exception of Anne, of course, but I can’t tell because the only photos we’ve seen of her new crop have been “don’t look at me!” photos. Am super curious to see it in all its glory, I bet she looks amazing. But the others, meh, not so much. Again, Katy Perry’s an exception in the bunch cause honestly her anime beauty choices always make my stomach turn a bit. The others are all lovely ladies, making what I think are not the best choices. Oh well, experimentation is always good, even if the results aren’t the best. Plus, it’s hair, it’ll grow back! (that’s the mantra I kept repeating after my last cut was waaaay shorter than I’d anticipated)


Thursday, April 19/2012 at 3:05 pm

Katy is definitely better of getting closer to her former black coloring. I was shocked at Olivia, she actually looks a lot sweeter than otherwise, but also just like any other blonde actress, she really benefits from standing out more, as a brunette. Ann should imho embrace her short do, since the chopping is a done deal, with some sassy styling and feminine accessories and make, definitely make up. Emma looks really good as a strawberry blonde, I really love it although she make a great red head.


Thursday, April 19/2012 at 3:09 pm

I forgot about Gwyneth. That stringiness is a crime, get a blunt cut girl, now! ( I have similar hair, straight, thin, limp, blah). The ombré: to be forgotten rather sooner than later, not a good look. And how I envy Ann’s hair from before …


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:20 pm
Sunday, May 6/2012 at 5:58 pm

Absolutely, Michelle!
It always boggles me how the rich & famous who are supposedly surrounded by stylists en beauticians and what not, often make very bizarre choices concerning their appearances. But then again, girls like to change things up, and the younger you are, the more you can get away with. I guess Gwyneth should know better though. And I saw Olivia Wilde on pics from shooting a commercial, all blonde with dark lipstick and a midi skirt with uggs on, lol, that was not a good look, but nice to see in a way how normal she looks as opposed to her otherwise mysterious bombshell look. There is hope for us all ;-)


Thursday, April 19/2012 at 3:54 pm

Anne looks like Jeff Goldblum in the after.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:21 pm



Thursday, April 19/2012 at 9:07 pm

I haaaaate that blonde on Emma. Haaate it. It makes her look strange and monochromatic. I love the dark red she had before. I actually like Katy Perry’s purple hair. That’s the only one from this set that I like.


Thursday, April 19/2012 at 11:42 pm

I’m going to…gulp…cut my hair! It’s been long for 3 0r 4 years now, but I have such fine, thin hair that I know I need to chop it. Yikes–I’m excited, but nervous, too!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:22 pm
Friday, April 20/2012 at 12:08 am

Anne’s cut her hair, and lost an incredible amount of weight, to play Fantine in Les Mis. I think it’s great that she’s so committed to the role and can’t wait to see the film. She’s a great choice IMO.


Friday, April 20/2012 at 3:28 pm

Every photo of Katy Perry with wild coloured hair that I’ve seen has had her with regrowth… I’m wondering if her colourist is avoiding bleaching her scalp or something. Seems odd.

Since you mentioned the OC, Gwyneth is looking a lot like Kirsten Cohen:
(who I love but in a ’00s kind of way.)

I love Emma Stone’s hair colour, but every time she goes light she starts messing with her foundation and looks super orange (e.g. Golden Globes in that peach dress). If she kept her complexion fair I think it would look gorge.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:23 pm

Oh wow, it’s like the same person! (Minus the dye at the ends)

I agree re: Emma’s orange tint – didn’t notice until you pointed it out! I’m a fan of rocking the pale…


Saturday, April 21/2012 at 2:44 am

I totally cried when I saw Anne’s hair for the first time (ok slight exageration but ya know) her hair was so long and shiny and beautiful before…however I am a huge Les
Mis fan and am so excited that she has a part in the movie that I’ll get over it haha.

I love Emma and I totally agree I like this blonde better than last years blonde but I like her hair best red. Whatever makes her happy though, she’s always pretty in my opinion.


Sunday, April 22/2012 at 7:54 am

This may completely detract from any credibility my following comments may have but I was kind of digging the electric blue bob… At any rate, I can’t stand when Emma goes blonde, it’s so blah on her compared to red. Olivia Wilde really does blend in with every other hollywood blonde as well, she should go back to brown. With all these pap shots of Anne with her trying to hide it makes me think she’s really not comfortable with the new cut (and I can’t blame her, she had incredible hair!). I kind of picture her breaking out in tears every time she gets near a mirror. Poor girl. Lastly, I like Gwyn’s ombre, but I am anti-blonde so it may be that I just enjoy any deviation from straight up blonde.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:25 pm

I think I’m becoming anti-blonde too! Which is big coming from a former blonderexic. I cringe when I see how light my hair used to be… I should probably write about this development :)


Sunday, April 22/2012 at 11:06 pm

I actually really love Gwyneth’s hair. I think it adds life to her never changing look. It actually made me wish I could copy it – but platinum requires intense upkeep that I totally don’t have time for. I finally got my ombre/balyage look (wisco being years behind any hollywood trend) – and I love it, turned out more like peek-a-boo end highlights that I actually prefer!
As for all of the other prods that I’ve purchased as per your recommendation :)
*Phyto Mousse – awesome. I occasionally will put it in after a night shower and almost completely dry my hair then put up in a bun, sleep, and the next day I have volume and curl that is usually impossible (super fine/thin straight hair).
*Essie A Crewed – love. very mellow, feminine color. I just fell head over heals for a neon coral polish perfect for spring summer at the nail salon.
*Mason Pearson – Adore, but really wish I had priced them out at multiple places rather than just purchasing at Beauty Habit without checking elsewhere, could have saved $50+ :(.
*Treseme 24hr body – perfect for nights when I’m using the phyto mousse and aiming for next day waves.
*Anti Gravity – like, not love. It’s great, but not something I’d probably purchase again.
*Child – I think I wanted to like this more than I actually did after reading your(and numerous other) reviews. It’s not horrible, just not me.
*Kai – I liked this one a bit more than Child, and really loved the sample of the Kai salt scrub-best scrub I’ve ever used, but it’s still not entirely me.
*Freda & Dove dry shampoos – I find it entertaining that the cheaper the dry shampoo…the better! I first invested in Ojan years ago and spent 30$ and was so unimpressed. Then tried again recently with a 20$ brand, which was better, but still bleh. Then upon your suggestion I went with the Freda – which I really loved. And just this wknd I tried the Dove and it’s even better….this is the ONLY product that is seriously higher quality the less you pay! I had been using it on clean hair for quite a while because it prevented the mid-day oilyness that fine-haired people can relate to. Although I was very leary about the Dove cream serum you suggested, I gave it a whirl, and was very unexpectedly happy with the results! I rarely put anything on my dry hair anymore because it’s so likely to get weighed down and/or more oily than normal – but this did neither! Very pleased with both Dove items!!
I still plan on trying a sample of IF at some point….I think I’m better of sampling before buying from now on ;) Someday I’ll find a perfume that’s just perfect for me, hopefully!
I had a Philosophy revelation recently. Haven’t used their prods since college – but had a 40% discount so I went nuts online. The gel facewash has transformed my face. Even after the first use I was amazed my face could be that soft! I’ve been using their oxygen boost that is also life-changing and I no longer need a face moisturizer/lotion. Also really enjoy a sample of ‘falling in love-summer’ body lotion -melts into skin and lasts all day, no need for perfume. I apologize for the length of this comment!!!! I’m constantly impressed with your posts but have very little time to comment daily – so when I do, there’s usually a lot to type/commend you on! Thanks again for the constant tips and recommendations!!!!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:31 pm

Oh wow I love this comment! I am such an enabler, haha! :)

I feel bad that Child didn’t live up to the hype… Apothia If is definitely less in-your-face floral. It’s more musky and skin-like.

I’m glad you are happy with the Dove! The only problem is that tons of people are reporting crappy packaging… like it stops working after 3 uses, or the bottle starts leaking. Oh well, for $5 it’s still a good buy. I agree with your cheaper-the-better theory!

I’m never been a Philosophy skincare user but just received a bunch of stuff to try – I think based on your reco I will give them a go! Love their fragrances too…


Monday, April 23/2012 at 2:00 am

Wow, Emma Stone looks like she just got punched in the face on that first picture! lol And Gwyneth is so NOT over the trends, she just takes unusually long to judge if she deems them cool enough to goop it up or not. She just obviously didn’t get the memo that hm.. ombré was over like what, a year ago? :P I see Reese Witherspoon kinda the same way, they’re like.. not calculating but very organised and OCD type personalities, they always have a plan a, or b, or c, like that aunt (or mother *coughs*) we all have that always has to keep the house -perfect- at all costs all the time? ^^;;


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:32 pm

Hilarious! Yes I get the control freak vibe from both of them…


Friday, May 18/2012 at 11:04 am

Gwyneth’s hair is naturally very wavy. I like straight hair in general but hers is just… meh. Milquetoast, just like her.


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