Hayden Panettiere Explains Her Newly Red Hair: "I Don't Feel Like a Blonde Right Now!"

01/29/2010 at 09:00 AM ET

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As one of Hollywood’s more recognizable blondes, Heroes star Hayden Panettiere gave new meaning to “red carpet reveal” when she turned up at the Temple Grandin premiere in New York this week with newly auburn hair. As much as we love the new look, such a drastic color change is always a bold move–especially in Hollywood. So our big question for her was, why red now? “Because I could, because I was done with the season,” she explained to PEOPLE. “I was like, ‘I need to change, I need to get myself out of this slot. I don’t feel like a blonde right now!'” In true superstar fashion, the actress didn’t stop with her hair, and had her stylist touch up her brows as well. “I hope they match,” she said, continuing, “Eyebrows very much frame the face.” Despite the color change, Hayden tells us that she isn’t through with the change-ups. “I was going to go dark,” she said of her original hair color plan. “And then I decided to go red first — and then dark.” We can’t wait to see what’s next! Tell us: Do you like Hayden’s new color, or do you prefer her as a blonde?–Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester, reporting by Jeffrey Slonim

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jeannine on

I think it warms up her complexion – she looks so pretty & “unbrassy”. All the young women in Hollywood are too blonde & she stands out in a good way!

canada girl on

She looks great with red hair but I do not know how she will look with dark hair, it is very hard to go from blonde to brown and vice versa most times. Nicole Richie looks great with dark brown hair but I think that is her natural hair color.

FastHomework on

I love the red on her

headdivaincharge on

This poor girl has the WORST stylist. She always looks bulky, and the red hair just makes her look old. It’s really unflattering….sorry Hayden.

KitKat on


Simone on

She looks fantastic with red hair. Her eyes pop. She is a pretty girl to begin with, the red hair adds warmth to her face. Well Done Hayden!!!

Kimberly on

She looks absolutely gorgeous with red hair. The color makes her complexion glow and brings out the green in her eyes. I prefer her red hair over the blonde. I bet she is not a true blonde…she always had darker roots. She will look fabulous with dark hair. Hollywood needs more brunettes and reds on the scene.

Tasha on

I think she’ll look better a brunette, but no matter the color ms. Hayden is always looking FAB ! Love yuu girl! (:

Bill on


Brooke on

Red is a much better color on her, actually.

The only thing is, I wouldn’t have used the phrase “red carpet reveal” when talking about a change in hair color. It brings to mind the question, “Does the carpet match the drapes?” and that lends an entirely new meaning to “red carpet reveal”, don’t you think?

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