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Hair colour inspiration: Katy Perry has dyed her hair neon orange, and it looks incredible

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From honey blonde and glossy brunette to turquoise and neon green, these celebrities seemingly cover the entire spectrum of hair colours.

The joy of hair is that it’s so changeable.

Whether you fancy chopping it all off into a bob, adding extensions or opt for one of this season’s biggest hair colour trends (gingerbread caramel, anyone?) there is a whole world of pictures you can take straight to your hairdresser.

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However, the celebrity set always has and always will prove to be a valid source of hair inspiration. 

Whether it’s Emma Roberts’ new honey blonde style, Britney Spears going back to brunette, Bella Thorne’s surprising switch to green or Mila Kunis’ turquoise dip-dye, here are the best celebrity hair colour transformations of recent times.

  • Katy Perry

    Katy Perry is known for her constant hair colour transformations – and along the way, she proves that every hair shade looks incredible on her. Case in point: her latest neon orange dye job.

    The singer posted a picture on Instagram showing her new vibrant orange hair, complete with a matching orange outfit and lipstick.

    Promoting her performance for Tomorrowland, a virtual festival, she wrote: “Orange you glad TODAY’S THE DAY!” We see what she did there.

  • Cardi B

    Cardi B is the definition of cool. Alongside her long list of achievements in the music industry, which includes a multitude of awards and becoming the first female rapper to surpass a billion streams on Spotify, she has also cemented her position as a fashion icon. Just look at her latest Instagram post.

    The rapper posted two pictures on the social media platform, showing her wearing head-to-toe Louis Vuitton. In the second picture, she showed that the designer branding continued onto her hair.

    Cardi B had the iconic LV logo airbrushed onto her ponytail and it looks incredible. Forget logo t-shirts, maybe logo hair is the next big thing.

  • Dua Lipa

    Dua Lipa has had fun with her hair during lockdown. The singer experimented with two-toned hairdos and tried various shades, including candy floss pink, cherry red and pastel peach.

    But to decide on her next hair colour, Lipa used Instagram to ask her fans for their opinion. She posted an old picture of herself with dark brown hair, captioning the image “should I bring her back?” and the comments section was quickly flooded with a resounding ‘yes’.

    Two days later, Lipa posted a picture of herself with dark brunette hair. She captioned the picture “back by popular demand”. We can’t wait to see what she tries next…

  • The Duchess of Cambridge

    Making an appearance at the launch of BBC Education’s initiative Tiny Happy People, the Duchess of Cambridge revealed a lighter new hair colour for summer. The royal now has honey ‘bronde’ (blonde/brunette) highlights all over her hair, making it appear golden and thicker.

    Honey blonde has been hailed as one of the biggest hair colour trends for 2020, so we have no doubt there will be many more similar transformations to come.

  • Ariel Winter

    Ever since Modern Family wrapped in February, Ariel Winter has been experimenting with her hair colour. First, she dyed her signature dark brunette hair to strawberry blonde. Then red. Now, the actress is trying platinum blonde.

    Posting a series of pictures on her Instagram, Winter referenced Game of Thrones and its iconic character Daenerys Targaryen, who also had platinum blonde hair. In her caption, Winter wrote: “Winter Is Coming!!!!!!!!!!!”

  • Dua Lipa

    Dua Lipa has been having a lot of fun with various hair colours during lockdown – just scroll down to see.

    First, the singer went pastel pink, then she posted a picture of tangerine-coloured hair alongside an orange emoji.

    Now, Lipa has gone bright red. Posting a picture on Instagram, she simply captioned the image with five cherry emojis. We can’t wait to see which colour she tries next…

  • Sarah Hyland

    Another day, another celebrity hair makeover at home. This time, Sarah Hyland has taken her signature brown hair and dyed it magenta.

    Posting a series of pictures on Instagram, it seems the Modern Family actress was inspired by Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as she wrote in the caption: “I wanna be where the people are…”.

    She added, “#QuaranTINT crew (I did this all by myself! Very proud).

    However, Hyland later took to Instagram Stories to reveal that the final colour was actually a mistake. “It was supposed to be pink…. thanks Venus Retrograde”.

    Telling her fans the hair colour was only temporary, she followed up with some good advice, telling them: “Please don’t bleach your own hair at home. That scares me.”

    If your hair is dark, using bleach can cause irreversible damage. Read our guide on how to repair hair damaged by bleach here.

  • Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift is the most recent celebrity to get a hair colour transformation during lockdown.

    The singer posted a photo on Instagram, in which she has fun pink and blue highlights – and proves you don’t need to settle for just one colour when considering a hair dye job. 

    While it looks incredible on its own, the colours pop even more against her matching pink eyeshadow and lipstick.

    In the post, Swift is promoting the viewing of City of Lover concert in Paris, which is available to stream on Disney+ from today.

  • Ruby Rose

    Proving that she’s the epitome of cool, Ruby Rose has dyed her buzz cut half pink and half blue. 

    Sharing a picture on Instagram, she wrote, “What can I say!? Sometimes you just need to feel blue and other times you need pink to lighten your day.”

    A hair look that perfectly sums up our feelings in lockdown: we love it.

  • Dua Lipa

    No stranger to an at-home dye job, Dua Lipa has already tried her hand at pink hair since lockdown began. Just scroll down for the evidence. 

    And now, no more than two weeks later, she’s onto the next colour in the rainbow: orange.

    She shared a video of herself with her peachy-toned hair alongside the caption “orangina quarantina🍊”. We just wonder which colour will be next… 

  • Selma Blair

    Selma Blair has been rocking a shaved head since last summer, after revealing to her followers that she had lost her hair due to her chemotherapy treatments for multiple sclerosis.  And, for a while, she has been celebrating her “salt and pepper” strands as they have slowly grown back in, insisting that she takes nothing for granted.

    Like so many others in lockdown, however, Blair has decided to get experimental with a DIY colour kit. A DIY colour kit supplied by her stylist and friend Lorri Goddard, no less.

    Taking to Instagram, she shared a photo of her newly deep chocolate brunette pixie crop. And, judging by the comments, the hue reminds fans of her characters in Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions.

    “Vivian’s back!” wrote one.

    Others, though, kept their focus on the here and now.

    “Always so pretty,” read one comment.

    “You look radiant,” added another.

    Our favourite, though?

    “You are so beautiful [as a brunette],” it read. “But just FYI, I absolutely LOVED your hair grey, too! It was so chic!”

  • Dua Lipa

    As we approach week five of lockdown, some of us might be debating a dramatic hair transformation. While most hairdressers advise against dramatic dye jobs, it seems Dua Lipa has decided to give it a go.

    Instead of dyeing her entire head of hair, Lipa made it a bit easier for herself (and boyfriend Anwar Hadid, who helped) by focusing the pink dye only on the blonde sections of her hair.

    If you feel inspired, read our no-regrets guide on how to dye your own hair at home safely first.

  • Hilary Duff

    With hair salons closed for the time being, you may be wondering whether you’ll soon need to become your own hairdresser. While major changes should be left to the experts, some of us may take matters into our own hands – which is exactly what Hilary Duff has done.

    The actress has dyed her signature blonde hair to bright blue and cut it into a shoulder-skimming bob. Posting a picture on Instagram, Duff simply captioned the photo with a shoulder shrugging emoji and “yea.” While she hasn’t shared any tips on how she achieved the new look at home, we think it looks great.

  • Ariel Winter

    Ariel Winter has said goodbye to Modern Family with a new hair colour. The actor, who played Alex Dunphy for 11 years, first posted a series of images of her signature black hair, writing “bye bye dark hair :) I don’t think I’ll miss you :)))”. Now that the show has wrapped, Winter is free to dye her hair any colour she wants - and she chose strawberry red.

    Hours after her first post, Winter posted a picture and video of her new hair. In the caption, she wrote, “I’m a strawberry and a shortcake sooooo new nickname?”

  • Vanessa Hudgens

    Currently on screens in the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence led film, Bad Boys For Life, Vanessa Hudgens has been on the press run as of late.

    We’re used to seeing her dark brunette hair in all the roles she takes on, but she’s recently made the subtle switch to a warmer, lighter brown.

    Chad Wood is the man behind the transformation, showcased the warmer brown hair on Instagram. 

    The colour itself was created by Redken brand ambassador, Cassondra Kaeding, and even this small change makes the actor’s hair look as enviable as ever.

  • Victoria Pedretti

    Following on from her breakout role in The Haunting of Hill House, Victoria Pedretti is dominating our screens with her recent role as Love in Netflix’s You.

    In all of her roles so far, we’ve only seen Pedretti with gorgeous dark, brunette hair. But now, the actor has dyed her hair blonde - and it looks incredible.

    Celebrity hairstylist Rebekah Forecast posted images of the new look on her Instagram but didn’t confirm whether the new look is part of an upcoming role. You has just announced that a third season is in the works - maybe Love has decided to go blonde?…

  • Chrissy Teigen

    Winter may be a time that people opt for deeper hair shades, but Chrissy Teigen has done a complete 180. The presenter dyed her hair from dark brunette to a gorgeous honey blonde. On the post, Teigen tagged celebrity hairstylist and colourist Tracey Cunningham, the woman who was also behind transforming Jennifer Lopez’s hair for recent movie Hustlers.

  • Emma Roberts

    This isn’t the first time Emma Roberts has ventured into the world of honey blonde hair, but this might just be its shiniest incarnation yet. Hairstylist Nikki Lee broke down her technique on Instagram, explaining that she blended light warm brown tones with bright blonde highlights – the perfect set of instructions to take to your own hairdresser.

  • Bella Thorne

    2019 will officially be remembered as the year the beauty world went green. And we don’t mean everyone became eco angels (although, of course, many brands are working on that) but that between the rising trends for green nails, eye shadow and hair (courtesy of Billie Eilish), the colour was pretty much everywhere this year. 

    The latest to try out green hair? Bella Thorne, who transformed her usually dip-dyed lengths into this mermaid-esque green ombre hair look. Somebody pass the Bleach London Slime Light.

  • Dua Lipa

    Known for her sleek, glossy black bob, Dua Lipa switched up her hair at the start of October with a honey blonde hue. Now, though, she’s taken things one step further and gone all-out platinum. 

    From the pictures it looks as though Lipa – who we recently interviewed about her style, skincare and the secrets to her success – has kept the underneath section of her hair the same dark shade we know and love her for, but the top section has been dyed a super shiny shade of bright blonde, and we’re very much into it. 

  • Ashley Benson

    Known for her signature blonde hair, Ashley Benson, who starred in Pretty Little Liars, has moved over to the dark side just in time for winter - and it’s making us want to follow suit.

    Benson’s newly dyed hair is a rich shade of chocolate brown and it looks beautiful paired with her shoulder-length, wavy bob. 

  • Lady Gaga

    So, it looks like Lady Gaga just brought back the pastel pink hair trend in one fell swoop. Never one to shy away from a bold look, the singer uploaded a picture to Instagram on 5 October that was actually supposed to be about her recently-launched make-up line (which you can find out more about here) but it was her newly coloured hair that caught our attention. 

    Gaga styled her hair in vintage pin curls, paired it with a dog tooth-print mini dress and knee high boots for a glam ‘50s look. 

  • Lizzo

    It looks like rainbow-bright hair is making a serious comeback. On September 28, Mila Kunis was photographed with blonde hair and turquoise ends (scroll down to see the evidence). Now, Lizzo has debuted purple hair – and she’s making a serious case for wigs, too.

    Her new long hair is plum at the roots and fades out to a pinky shade at the ends and is giving us serious colour envy. Whoever said autumn was the time to go darker is officially wrong. 

  • Millie Bobby Brown

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    Millie Bobby Brown is known for her short brunette hair (or for having a buzz cut if the first season of Stranger Things is anything to go by). But this weekend, as she made an appearance at Covent Garden’s flagship Boots store in aid of her new beauty line, Florence by Mills, it looks like she’s done a complete 180 on us. Not only has the actor gone a beautiful shade of honey blonde for autumn, but she’s also added some serious extensions. 

    There’s a reason honey blonde is this season’s most popular shade – it’s so versatile. We’re taking this picture to our hairdresser quick sharp. 

  • Mila Kunis

    We’ve never known Kunis as anything other than brunette, but the actor has decided to switch things up a bit for the change in seasons. Despite wearing a baseball cap, it looks as though she’s dyed her hair blonde and added some turquoise dip-dye. Some say it’s for her role in the upcoming film Four Good Days. Time will tell us whether that’s true or not, but either way, we approve. 

  • Maisie Williams

    After dying her hair purple when Game of Thrones finished filming and then going pink not long after, Maisie Williams then chose to cut her hair into a chin-length, choppy bob and dyed it a rich chocolate brown shade that looks healthy and supremely glossy. Into it.  

  • Whoopi Goldberg

    Long-time legend Goldberg recently switched her trademark hair for white dreadlocks ahead of her role in Stephen King’s The Stand, where she plays 109-year-old Mother Abigail. The look was revealed on USA show The View.

  • Demi Lovato

    Demi Lovato with neon green dip dyed hair

    Demi Lovato has been every colour under the sun, but she recently debuted a shorter, choppier style paired with an inch of neon green at the very ends on her Instagram Stories. Not many people could pull it off, but Lovato manages to without even trying.

  • Kate Middleton

    Kate Middleton's honey blonde hair

    Instead of sticking to tradition and going a few shades darker for autumn, the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out with a lighter, honey blonde blow-dry instead. The look was showcased on Princess Charlotte’s first day of school at the start of September. 

  • Britney Spears

    Forever a favourite, Britters recently opted to switch her blonde hair to a medium brown shade. She’s previously been brunette but not for a few years, and she cited her sister as the person who inspired her to go back to the dark side.

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Lucy Partington is Stylist’s beauty editor. She’s obsessed with all things skincare, collecting eyeshadow palettes that she’ll probably never use, and is constantly on the hunt for the ultimate glowy foundation.

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