Kristen Wiig – Funny, Sexy & a Hair Color Diva!

Kristen Wiig with auburn to brown hair

Here at HairColorCode HQ we’re massive fans of Kristen Wiig – her outgoing personality, the fact that she’s a naturally funny lady, and of course her willingness to experiment with her hair color, all add up to mean that she’s our new gal pal crush.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Kristen; she is an American actress, comedienne and writer currently starring as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. Kristen has appeared in numerous films, including Adventureland, Paul, MacGruber and Flight of the Concords and also voiced characters for How to Train Your Dragon and Looney Tunes.

She’s probably best known for her 2011 film Bridesmaids, billed as the female version of The Hangover, which she co-wrote and starred in. Bridesmaids earned her two prestigious nominations; Golden Globe for Best Actress and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The style behind the laughs

Kristen Wiig on the catwalk with brown hair

Kristen doesn’t just express herself through her comedic roles; she also likes to mix it up with her style and is regularly seen on the red carpet rocking a creative, bold look, such as a bright red lip color, stunning cut-out dresses and fierce accessories.

Although she’s probably best known as a blonde with short, tumbling waves, like her character in Bridesmaids, Kristen is actually a hair color chameleon – she’s rocked deep dark brown, ombre-hued hair and a lovely mahogany tone, as well as golden blonde beachy locks.

The various hair colors of Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig with blonde wavy hair
Kristen Wiig with brown to blonde ombre hair
Kristen wig with dark brown hair, including auburn shades

Kristen has been blonde for most of her acting career and has switched between light blonde highlights to golden blonde sun-kissed waves multiple times.

She’s also rocked a light brown hue with golden blonde panels – this is one lady who is not afraid of experimenting with foils!

In summer 2011, she showcased ombre locks, sporting a deep rich chestnut color at the roots and through the mid-lengths of her hair, with light blonde tips.

She kept up this style to promote Bridesmaids during the summer and actually persuaded me to follow suit with ombre locks of my own!

Early 2012 saw another change for Kristen as she ditched the ombre for a rich, auburn-toned mahogany shade. Since then, she’s swapped from auburn to a brown so dark it’s almost black.

Kristen is lucky enough to suit a wide range of hair colors, from blonde to auburn to brown, and we’ve yet to see her with a hair don’t.

Kristen is a true chameleon that most definitely knows how to make a statement with her hair and her style – and that’s why we love her!

Ombre Hair Color – The Big Look This Year

Woman with ombre hair color

Ombre hair color is the look of the year, making its way from stylish celebrity circles to become a cutting edge and contemporary mainstream trend.

If you’ve not seen it yet, don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to jump on board with this latest look.

Ombre is basically a fancy term for hair that is graduated in color, most commonly from brown at the roots to blonde at the tips.

The hair world borrowed the term ‘ombre’ from the French word meaning shaded or shading, which is a pretty accurate description of this style.

Some people have described ombre hair as ‘looking like you have massive regrowth’, whereas others prefer to see it as a new way to do sun-kissed hair – it really depends on the difference in color between the brown and blonde, and whether the colors blend together or stand out against each other.

The benefits of ombre hair color

Drew Barrymore with brown to blonde ombre hair color

Aside from being massively in trend right now, one of the best things about ombre hair is that it is super low-maintenance.

Think about it – you won’t have to get your roots touched up, or get your color redone – all you might need to do is add more blonde (or whichever color you’re doing this look with) to the ends of your hair as and when you get your hair trimmed.

It’s also super economical as once the ombre tone has been achieved, you can leave it 4-6 months before you color your hair again. Just make sure you use a deep conditioning treatment once a week to keep the ends of your hair in tip-top condition, as the bleach used to achieve the color will dry out hair and could cause damage if you don’t look after your locks properly.

How is the ombre look achieved?

Ombre is sometimes also referred to as ‘balayage’, which is a French freehand coloring technique where the dye is literally painted onto certain strands of the hair.

Some colorists will use a backing board and foils, others will separate layers of the hair using cotton wool and some will pull strands of the hair forward in front of the face before freehand painting the hair to create the ombre look.

What hair colors work with ombre color?

Alexa Chung with brown to blonde ombre hair

The real appeal in ombre locks is the fact that it can work on almost any cut, from a pixie crop right through to waist-length locks.

Alexa Chung is often credited with kick-starting the whole trend and she only has shoulder-length tresses, although ombre toned hair looks particularly good on long hair styled in curls or waves, as you can see the variations of color throughout the hair.

You can’t really see these variations if the hair is up and so this trend will work best if you style your hair down and loose around your shoulders.

Many, many celebs have been rocking the ombre look – Drew Barrymore, Kristen Wiig, Whitney Port, Lauren Conrad, Rachel Bilson, Jessica Biel and Ashlee Simpson to name a few. It seems that the A-list can’t get enough of this new trend and as we’ve seen ombre hair all over the catwalks too, it’s a look that is most definitely here to stay.

Top 5 Celebrities with Gray Hair

Are you a fan of the new gray hair trend? Love it or loathe it, gray hair is the color of the moment – as seen on these trendsetting celebs:

Kelly Osbourne

Celebrity transformations don’t come bigger than Miss Kelly O’s evolution from sulky teenager on the hit show ‘The Osbournes’ to the demure and ladylike fashion icon we see today.

Kelly has had some hair disasters in her time (remember the short black crop and the geisha girl style?!) but she’s also had many triumphs (blonde up-do’s and pink, red, blue and lilac locks) and if anyone can carry off a new trend, she can!

Most recently Kelly has been spotted sporting fashion forward gray hair, prompting a flurry of youtube videos and home coloring tutorials as fashionistas seek to emulate her pearly grey ‘do.

Kate Moss

Kate Moss with gray highlights

Style icon and model Kate has had some bad press over the years but she’s never faltered in her sense of style and true to form, Kate’s been spotted with streaks of silver gray in her signature blonde locks.

The color suits Kate’s skin tone perfectly and the gray acts to naturally highlight and break up the blonde shade, adding texture and interest to her otherwise classic crop.

Quoted as saying she finds gray hair “chic”, Kate is once again paving the way in the fashion stakes.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga with mixed gray and black hair

Never one to shy away from the limelight, Lady G has been photographed nude for the front cover of Vanity Fair with long straight gray blonde hair – as if gray wasn’t already the color to be seen in!

Gaga has been wearing her gray locks loose or messily pinned up and she recently appeared with striking dark gray and blue stripes. This lady can’t do a thing wrong in my book so if gray and blue are the new thing, prepare to book yourself an appointment with your colorist asap and work that shade with some full on attitude!

Pixie Geldof

You might not expect to find a gray hair on model and socialite Pixie’s head but this little lady is currently working a foxy gray hairstyle and she’s making it look cool to boot.

Pixie’s the youngest of our gray haired crowd and she’s proof that a short blunt crop showcases this on trend color perfectly, no matter what your age.

She’s been seen wearing her gray crop both sleek and tousled but either way she carries it off with a distinct air of being both cute and chic.

P!nk

Pink with short gray hair

Were you a little surprised when Pink showed off her baby bump on the Ellen show? Possibly, but what caught really people’s attention was her new gray hair!

She’s best known for her namesake color but P!nk has changed suit and moved to a more relaxed silvery gray shade. It’s beautifully laid back and both cool and easy to wear. Her gray hair is chopped short, with a lot of texture and a healthy shine.

Possibly the edgiest gray haired style in our line-up, Pink has got the attitude, coloring and trend just right.

How to Enhance Your Natural Hair Color

Woman with bright natural hair color

As far back as I remember, the ultimate compliment for anyone who colors their hair is the question; does she or doesn’t she?

For those who opt for a simple hair color enhancement and want to try and avoid the spotlight, subtlety is the most coveted outcome.

Sadly though, many find themselves looking flat or fake after trying even the most cautious approach.

Natural or Intentional?

Smiling woman with brown natural curls

Initially when I would consult with a client, I would ask; do you want it ‘natural’ or ‘intentional?’

By natural, I meant that you can do slight alterations to your color in a professional and intentional manner and still be understated yet appreciated. Think about it; what is natural hair color?

Natural can be gray, ashy, drab, mousy, and flat. Natural according to the magazines can be a lot different than reality, heck, that’s the reason we pay to have our hair colored! So if you’re going to invest in the process, at least receive the payoff with a color that looks great, however subtle it is.

How to achieve a natural looking hair color

Woman with shoulder length auburn hair

The best way to do achieve a natural looking color is to stay within one (two tops) level of your natural hair color. This means that if you are a medium blonde, look for a product in a medium blonde shade.

From here you can take your ‘dishwater’ blonde and tweak it to a rich caramel, or add a hint of strawberry, or maybe cool down the brass without locking in your formula for future alterations.

To find your natural level, check out our guide to hair color shades

Many times you will find hair color swatches available for comparison in the hair dye aisles, which is better than holding the box up to your bangs. Check out our hair color charts page to see the current shades available from the major brands.

Select the right product

When trying to achieve a natural color, firstly I recommend using a low ammonia/peroxide color which are usually called ‘semi’ or ‘demi-permanent’ hair colors. They claim that they come out in a few shampoos, but I say to expect a bit longer if you add a pigment that is different from your own. This means if you are a medium brown, but you add a hint of chestnut, you may still see some of the red tones beyond the twelve shampoo mark.

Since these products do contain some developer (peroxide), you may also notice that the hair dulls over time. This is because a newly applied color adds shine to the hair, which is easy to get used to, but after the color is shampooed out all that is left is the treated hair with little or no tonal value. These semi-permanent products do allow a bit more frequency though so you can refresh your color more often.

Express Color

Hair colorist removing hair color

Another trick of the trade is express color, or ‘soap capping’ as it was called back in the day. Nowadays, some stylists will simply ‘bump up’ your natural color by mixing a natural tone formula with a bit of shampoo or conditioner, and lather it through the hair for a few minutes. Usually five to ten minutes will do the trick.

This will top up the natural base slightly, warm it up a touch, and deposit a little color. It is subtle but a great way to try on color for the first timer. Simply wet down your hair, towel dry, and mix up a small amount of the color of choice (usually about one half the formula) and add a few healthy pumps of shampoo. Mix and lather through and thoroughly saturate your hair. Process, and then rinse well and shampoo out the remainder.

This will give you a taste of a color, which you can always choose to make more permanent later. This is also useful to refresh your current color or to add tone to faded ends.

Preserving your natural hair color

Taylor Swift with blonde hair

One of the key ways to preserve natural color, whether it comes from Mother Nature or from a bottle is to respect your hair fabric as just that – a fine fabric.

Selecting good products such as color friendly shampoos and other reputable hair care products will extend the life of your hair and its color.

Also hot tools such as blow dryers and flat irons will split, dry, and compromise your fabric and reduce its ability to shine, which is a detriment to any color – natural or otherwise. Using silicone or glycerin based styling serums for shine can help repair some of the damage your styling tools deplete.

Conditioners are not only for comb-ability but also help maintain a moisture balance which is what locks the color molecules into the hair as well as seal the cuticle which keeps the color from escaping as quickly. There are many to choose from and if weighing your hair down is a concern, look for leave-in types which are often very light in weight.

Enjoy your natural shade!

Color does not have to be dramatic to be beautiful, and there is elegance through simplicity. Just remember to stay ‘close to home’ as far as your natural color level goes and it will not be hard to find your way back if necessary.

Remember to take care of your hair as it is truly your most valuable accessory, think about it, you wear it with every outfit!

Top Hair Color Trends for Short Hair

Woman with rainbow hair in a short bob

If you’re wearing a short hairstyle, or are considering one, this year’s hair color trends give you loads of options to choose from! Go bright and bold, or soft and sexy with dimensional color.

This years hair color trends for short hair deliver everything from edgy to classy sophistication… purely creative coloring!

When choosing a new hair color, you already know your natural coloring and skin tone matter but, the length of your hair changes the color equation too. Short hairstyles open up a huge variety of hair color options that fit “different strokes for different folks.” But, there are also certain hair color techniques that don’t work well at all with short hairstyles (think of the skunk like effect.) Here are few coloring techniques trending with short hairstyles now:

Model with blonde short hair with dimensional highlights and lowlights

Subtle Blending of Highlights and Lowlights

Subtle, blended highlights or low-lights look classy and sophisticated on short hairstyles. They add a sense of dimension and reflection that really makes a shorter style shine. Find a hair color that is only a few shades lighter or darker than your natural hair color and ask your hair stylist for fine, thin streaks of color for this subtle effect.

Bold, chunky streaks also look great on short hair, but make sure your hair is not too layered or the color can look forced, thick and choppy. If you have a layered hairstyle that’s a bit longer, have thick straps of color applied only on the bottom layers so that they peek out through the upper layers.

 

Agynes Deyn with short platinum colored crop hair style long bangs Rhianna with firery short red hair style

Solid block colors look great on short hair.

 

Since short hairstyles look fresh and should be maintained with routine trims, you can dye your hair a bright red, strawberry blonde, or platinum blonde without having to worry so much about damage. If you keep your style freshly cut, bold blocks of color will look freshly dyed and even. Since many short styles are fun and trendy, you can use bright temporary colors for a drastic change that will eventually fade away.

Miley Cirus in mid length short hair with ombre hair color blonde and brown

Short hairstyles that are a little longer and graze the chin can handle two-tone colors just as gracefully as longer hair. You can dip your ends in fun colors or you could try the increasingly popular ombre hair color.

Your “regrowth” area will not be as long as most ombre styles, but the faded effect still looks just as pretty on short hair.

Overall, most short hairstyles will look great with many of the same coloring techniques used on longer to medium-length hair. But, with short hair you can wear more bold colors or try techniques that don’t typically work as well on longer hair styles. Old hair color gets cut off sooner on short hair, so it’s easier to maintain healthy hair.

Short hair styles allow for lots of fun with the new creative color trends showing up this season. Why not take a chance on a fun new look, if you aren’t happy with the results you are not far away from getting your natural color back.

Guest author has been a professional hair stylist for over 30 years and has established herself as a nationally recognized hair designer, educator, and freelance writer.

Barb has been chosen by her peers to serve on the advisory panel of Cosmos C International the global hair stylist network. Thousands of women each day follow Barb’s hair styling wit and wisdom on her highly successful blogs Hairstyle Blog and Visual Makeover. In 2011 The Hairstyle Blog was selected as Top Beauty Blog by BeautySchool.com.