Reese Witherspoon's First Big Night Out as a Brunette: What Do You Think?

04/22/2013 at 04:58 PM ET

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We had a feeling we were going to love Reese Witherspoon as a brunette, but in the one good look we had, her adorable baby distracted us too much to make an informed judgment.

But when her stunning new look at Sunday’s N.Y.C. Mud premiere changed the conversation from her legal troubles to her killer hair, we knew that the hue was something special.

We’ve been wondering how Witherspoon maintains the richer hue so far from her L.A.-based colorist Lorri Goddard, so we checked in to get the full scoop.

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Goddard worked with hairstylist Lona Vigi to get Witherspoon’s hair color exactly right for the film The Good Lie, landing on a shade Goddard describes as “a medley of ribbons of different chocolates with a chestnut overlay … It needed to have warmth and richness.”

And Vigi has been keeping the color vibrant on the film’s Atlanta set. “Keeping a brunette like that, it’s about an every two week situation,” Goddard shares. Witherspoon’s natural blonde hue makes it a little easier to maintain, she says, because “you don’t have pigment fighting you to achieve those changes,” but she sent her to Atlanta with Avon’s Advanced Techniques shampoo and conditioner (Witherspoon is a spokeswoman for the brand).

In the end, Goddard says, the brunette really works for the actress because “it really shows off her coloring and her beautiful bone structure.” And we agree: Anything that could look equally good in the photo here as in the photo here is a hair color worth bragging about.

Tell us: Do you like Reese better as a blonde or brunette?

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Jackie Fields

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Lisa on

She looks much better as a blonde. The darker color makes her complexion look washed out and pasty.

Kelly on

Her hair color looked really good in her mug shot.

Curious on

It’s a beautiful color but personally, I think she looks better as a blonde.

Liza on

Guess they had to do a fluff piece on her hair to take attention away from her arrest and “Do you know who I am” statements this past weekend. I’m more upset over that than her arrest for disorderly conduct! LOL!

SteveRR on

I hear she uses a ‘beer’ based rinse!

Bellaboo on

I don’t like the brown on her… at all..

notafan on

Doesn’t even look like her!!

Deanna on

Lovely color, but too dark for her complexion.

Chad on

It’s not like she hasn’t been brunette before

gigi on

Makes her look too old, washes her completely .Blonde looks better by far, poor thing right her hair color is the least of problems.

Kourtney on

Ummm, her face looks weird and why are they praising some jerk of a pretentious celeb who thought she was better than a hard working police officer. Good thing her and her husband didn’t kill anyone while driving under the influence.

–LEOW

Mw on

What is big thing under her mouth?

Jo on

Her PR machine is cranking out at full force to try to distract from her arrest this weekend.

Maite on

If she didn’t know who she was this weekend she’s definitely not going to recognize herself now!

jralexandria on

Amazing to me that the first responders are the haters. I think she looks terrific!

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