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Ken Paves on Jessica Simpson's New Brunette Color

02/16/2007 at 02:00 PM ET

If you’ve been wondering what prompted ultimate blonde Jessica Simpson to go dark, you’re not alone. Jessica’s hair stylist and BFF Ken Paves gave PEOPLE the scoop behind her bold new look. After a day spent lounging by the pool together, the two came inside and started playing with extensions from their HairDo line. Jessica asked, “‘What do you have in there that’s red? I clipped it on and she said, ‘I want to leave this on! I want to wear it out,’” which she did to great effect (the front part of her hair was sprayed with temporary color to match the extensions). Jessica loved the change so much that the next morning, she asked Ken to make it permanent, saying she “felt more like herself.” As for the rumors that Jessica went dark for new boyfriend John Mayer‘s benefit, Ken scoffs at the idea. “It just happened. She had no intention of coloring her hair. This was done on a whim — two friends horsing around and playing dress up. A woman doesn’t have to be doing it for somebody. Sometimes it just happens.”

Photo: patrick rideaux/rex; charley gallay/london entertainment

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Tracy on

I liked her more as a blonde. As a brunette she looks kinda… Well… Washed out. Please go back to being blonde Jessica!

roses on

Jessica looks amazing. It’s so nice to see her so confident, natural and happy.

GK on

To be honest if you look at the blond picture of Jessica her true brunette roots are growing out. She is showing her true colour. I think Jessica should play around with her hair colour but utilise your natural colour to emphasise what you are given by nature. It was a nightmare for me when I went platinum blond from natural brown. Every 3 week you needed to fix you regrowth. But if you are a brunette and you highlight and match extensions your hair will last a lot longer than touching up regrowth every couple of weeks if you were blond.

I like the new look for Jessica. I think it matches her face and style. People have to get over this image that blondes have more fun. But hey, maybe she should get back recording and think of doing something funky, disco, retro, dance, groove, even a little bit of rap etc and certainly no more love songs. Look at the culture of people who buy her singles and CDs? Rather than changing her hair she needs to change her style as she has to cater to all of the public and just a limited of range of public which probably is teenagers? Give some music to the adults in their 20′s. 30′s and 40′s. Anyone over 50 would probably not care about buying CDs to the extent of other people who are your audience.

Got to go and cook for a dinner party tonight, but Jessica you need to funk it up and I don’t care what your hair colour is.

jessica on

i L-O-V-E the darker hair. i makes her look a little more mature & just all over georgous! there’s nothing wrong w/ blonde…i’m just really diggin’ the darker on her right now. who knows? it’ll prob. be blonde again by monday.

Blythia on

Jessica looks FABULOUS…She can pull any hair color and hair style she wants.. She’s just BEAUTIFUL…BUt i hope she’d go permanent with the brunette. @:) I don’t think she’s trying to look like Vanessa M. at all. Vanessa doesn’t look half as good as Jessica in anyways. I don’t think Jessica did the change as an act of desperation for NIck either…I think she has moved on..@:)

karen on

At least she didn’t shave it!

viv on

Brunnettes are just so much more sophisticated looking!

She looks amazing.
Definitely a style icon.

sabrina on

i love jess! i think she’s a great girl to look up to. she looks beautiful in whatever she wears including her hair color! Although i do have to admit that i already miss her blonde hair :-(

denisse on

dark hair looks better on her and her eyes look more beautiful.

Jan on

I keep reading that blonde is Jessica’s natural hair color which is completely wrong. She is a brunette and has bleaching and/or highlighting her hair gradually over the years. Look at the pictures of her from high school.

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