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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Shana on

I think Jessica Simpson looks good as a brunette.
She is a beautiful women and can color her hair any color and still look good. It isn’t so much the color of her hair that makes her beautiful, but her confidence that shines through her that makes her looks 100%!

carol on

I think this is definetly her color.she looks gorgeous!

Sara on

I think Jess pulls blonde off really well. Although the red isn’t so bad either. I think most who dont like it are just so used to her blonde hair. I really think hair should go just like fashion does light in the summer, dark in the winter. And for all you RUDE people who like to post nasty comments about her. Its really sad and pathetic you have to stump yourself to such a critical level, I think the person you should really be looking at is yourself. Afterall most people who talk bad about others are unhappy with themselves!

Brandie on

She looks GREAT with dark hair! Much more REAL looking!

poirot on

do u like ashlee simpson?

i dont think jessica is better than ashlee…

Liz Saunders on

I don’t think it makes her look any smarter…she may have beauty but a brain is one thing she definitely lacks!

Liz Sullivan on

Whomever says she looks bad as a brunette…I completely disagree. I think she looks absolutely stunning!

Lili on

Jessica looks REALLY pretty as a brunette. She did look nice as a blonde too! but seriously she looks good as a brunette!! BRUNETTES HAVE ALL THE FUN!! lol

Special Fred on

First off, Nighthag, you spelled colors wrong. And yes, I do like her hair color, but it did look better blonde. But everyone wants a change sometimes and the media shouldn’t scoff about her hair.

Ash on

Hey Lindy…..YOU are the one writing about her! You are also the reason why People continues with the stories. Come on, you know you are interested too or you wouldn’t have to comment on it.

Anyway, I think Jessica looks really good, and it doesn’t always have to be about a guy, does it????

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