Let's Talk About Radical Celebrity Hair Colour Changes

Because Team Redhead just lost a celeb (Emma Stone!).

Oh, I know it it's for a movie (Spider-Man), but I can't help but mourn the loss of Emma Stone, Redhead. Because she was such a GOOD redhead. Emma Stone, Blonde is just kind of boring, that's all.

And as far as reds go—yes, Christina Hendricks, a.k.a. Joan Harris (née Holloway), is probably the most talked-about redhead these days. And yes, she looks amazing—but because her colour is so frickin' FLAMING red, I think it would be incredibly hard to pull off for us mere mortals who a) aren't dressing ourselves up in either fancy ballgowns or tailored 1960s suits every day, and b) don't have a hairdresser on speed-dial who can touch up our roots every 10 days.

No, I thought Emma's colour was the coolest. The auburn was more subdued, more natural—more like she was actually born with it. (She wasn't.)

Here's what she used to look like:

Better, right? And maybe it's just me, but she actually looks like a nicer person with the red hair, no?

(Also: whoever says redheads can't wear red lips needs to see this picture.)

Still, Emma is one of the lucky ones. Even though I obviously prefer the red, she CAN pull off both colours... other celebs aren't so lucky. Remember Katherine Heigl's recent experiment with the almost-black hair?

I shudder. Although maybe it's those awful curls?

Another bad one was Jessica Simpson's John Mayer brunette phase:

Yowza. Maybe it would've worked if she'd ditched the spray tans.

Then there was Kim Kardashian doing the reverse—brunette-to-blonde—not too long ago:

Not entirely terrible, but it's much too "J. Lo 2.0" for my taste. Kim wisely switched back and kept on working her exotic brunette thing (although I still maintain that she wears far, far too much makeup—I got sucked into watching some Keeping Up with the Kardashians marathon this weekend and she is SUCH a pretty girl when she lays off the slap).

Jessica Biel is another one who I think is better off sticking to the dark side—or at least, a nice medium brown:

And then there are the three Big Time celebs who, as far as I'm concerned, should never, ever veer from blonde. Cameron Diaz:

Reese Witherspoon:

And way back in the day, Gwyneth Paltrow:

And that brings me to my conclusions from all of these hair colour shenanigns. First, there are only TWO celebs I can think of who I honestly think look equally good as blondes or brunettes.

Hilary Duff:

And of course, the queen of all hair colour chameleons, Nicole Richie:

Do you agree? Who am I missing?

My second conclusion from all of this hard-core beauty analysis (!!) is that despite a few missteps, most of us can probably pull off a MUCH wider range of hair shades than we think. Seriously, we can. It just takes the right hairdresser. (I wouldn't try this at home.)

And as someone who has been blonde, brunette, red (well, strawberry) and currently somewhere in between... you honestly never know how it's going to look until you bite the bullet and just dewit! (Yes I meant to spell it that way. It's my new thing.)

So tell me what you think about radical hair colour changes:

Do you prefer Emma Stone as a blonde or a redhead?

Have you ever made a radical hair colour change—and if so, how did it turn out?

If you could pull off any hair colour, what would it be?

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