Red Carpet Hair Trend: Where Are All the Crazy-Colored Dye Jobs?


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What's black, blue and purple all over? Not celebrity hair...anymore, that is.

It seemed like 2014 was the year of unicorn hair—you know, the stuff of rainbow-colored dye jobs and instant social media magic. It was like a celebrity kaleidoscope, with patterns of Katy Perry in "slime green," gray lady Zosia Mamet, Demi Lovato's 50 shades of purple and so much more.

This year, Nicole Richie is far from a shrinking violet—she was last spotted wearing an aqua-blue wig—but celebrities making the 2015 awards season rounds seem to be taking a much more subtle approach with their coifs.

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"I noticed that hair color is a lot more conservative this year," says celebrity colorist Jennifer J, whose clients have included Kristen Stewart, Cate Blanchett and Julia Roberts.

"Now though, it is not pastel pinks or blues that we are used to seeing. It is natural pastel colors," she adds. "Amy Adams didn't go for her bright and vibrant copper red color—she wore a more muted tone. You will notice that Jessica Chastain followed this trend as well...beautiful and subtle yet stunning."

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Jessica, whose coppery red hair was slicked back for the 2014 Golden Globes, wore her locks in long waves to one side at the 2015 Golden Globes. You could see muted tones toward the ends of her shiny waves.

Anna FarisRosamund Pike and Diane Kruger followed suit as blonds, with the latter even featuring strawberry-tinged tones at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Even with this more muted trend, Jennifer insists any colored hair must be dyed evenly and styled "a little bit more conservatively" for that glamorous, smooth, frizz-free effect expected on the red carpet, which might suggest the turn to the less radical iterations we've seen so far.

"Hair color can be beautiful in all shades and colors, but the most important thing is that it works with your skin tone, even if it is lavender," says Jennifer.

With the upcoming Grammys—an awards show that typically showcases eccentric beauty and a fashion free-for-all—perhaps unicorn hair will reemerge.

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