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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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Lyudasik on

She is beautiful with red hair as well. I think there is something great in her mind right now, some big plans that’s why she decided to change her hair colour.

Laura on

She look’s great with red hair, I have the some color but mine is real. It brings out her features in her face……..

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Allison on


misspriss101 on

She def looks better with blonde hair but i admire her for wanting to make a change:)

miccau on

Hayden is a cutie pie either way. Women change the color and length all the time.

Boricua on

Hayden looks beautiful no matter what color of hair. She is just one of those people that look beautiful no matter what. I do like it but if her natural hair color is dark I would try it and see how it looks before deciding for sure how she wants to keep it. I like it she has a healthier look on her face.

Megan Thompson on

I think she would be beautiful no matter what…love the red!

Frederika on

I think she looks terrific — the color suits her and she doesn’t even need a lot of make-up. With blonde she looks a bit fake and always has soooo much make-up on to get rid of that washed-out appearance.

trsquare on

She’s beautiful, either way. She’d probably look smashing as a brunette, too.

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?

Blond is best on

She is a pretty girl, but I like her blond better. Red is a hard color to make look natural on most people, red under tones, hightights, etc., sure, but a whole head of read hair? Few people have the skin color for red hair. I also think going darker would be a big mistake as well. It will look very contrived and make her look older, although kids at that age want that, so perhaps that is why she has a desire for darker hair.

Maryanne on

I think to be an exceptional actor, one must be able to change their appearance to any extreme. When actors are on down time, this gives them opportunity to explore different personal looks. It also gives them the opportunity to find more mature roles, especially when you start out as a child actor. Hayden is a beautiful young girl who has pretty much looked the same since she was younger. She went from curly to straight, long to short, so why not try a different color. You look great, Hayden. You’re not a “cheerleader” anymore.

Ron on

But do the drapes match the carpet? Or are we talking bare floors?

Suzanne on

Gorgeous! Much better than the blonde actually.

Lexy on

She looks nice but red is the hardest color to get out of hair! I have known blondes and even brunettes that have had trouble! She is famous so she has an advantage!

Tuchi on

She looks much better!

Shauna on

It looks absolutely amazing, I like it BETTER than the blonde…very natural!!

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carrie on

she looks so much better blonde. I have blonde hair and would never dye it darker. My best friend who had blonde just went red. i guess that is the in thing now. she is young she can do as she wants butshe is much more like the girl next door with blonde hair.

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Soph on

I think it’s good that she wants to change, but she’s already known as being the ‘cute cheerleader from heroes’.

To me, red hair signifies fire and passion; she comes across as neither, so it doesn’t quite suit her IMO. She’s hot either way though. :)

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Rede on

Great Post

Hayden James on

I think she looks amazing with red hair, even though she looks better as a blonde. No matter what color her hair is, she’ll always look stunning!

Reegan on

OGQDHH Hey, that’s the greatest! So with ll this brain power AWHFY?


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