Why Did Nicole Richie Dye Her Hair Purple?

03/12/2014 at 05:58 PM ET

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When Nicole Richie went purple, we had a lot of questions, like: How? And why? And can we pull that off? Now we’ve got the answers — at least to the first two (jury’s still out on the third) courtesy of Danny Moon, the colorist behind her technicolor transformation.

And as it turns out, that first Photoshopped pic of Richie with lavender locks had a lot more to do with the change than we realized. “Nicole posted a picture on Instagram … of her with purple hair. The image was Photoshopped and never actually happened, but she looked great and received nothing but positive feedback after posting,” Moon says. “This planted the seed, so to say. Thanks, Instagram!”

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Once all the Instagram love convinced her to give the color a shot, she called hairstylist Andy Lecompte, who in turn invited Moon (the Pravana guest artist at Lecompte’s L.A. salon) to come in and change her color. Moon used the line‘s Chromasilk Vivids in Violet and Pastels in Mystical Mint for that just-right purple shade to match the one in her Insta pic.

And the end result was exactly what they had in mind. “I compare Nicole’s lavender color to the jacaranda trees that bloom in L.A. in the spring. It transforms the streets into a page straight out of a Dr. Seuss book — but this is no comic book color,” he says. “Nicole wears it with class and elegance.”

From start to finish, stripping to deep conditioning, the whole process took five hours — which “flew by while we anticipated the color transformation,” Moon says. So how did the “color-infused princess” (his words) react when she saw the new look? “The first thing Nicole said when she saw her finished hair was ‘I love it.'”

Do you love it too? Tell us in the comments!

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Jackie Fields

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Smithy on

Looks silly.

Anna M on

Horrible….it takes away from her beauty.

Joyce on

Nicole not the first, Kelly Osborne has had this color for a long time now, looks nice on her.

Mickey on

Hmm, trying to be edgy and original? Ooops! Missed! Kelly Osborne, Katy Perry, Ireland Baldwin … even a 45 year old that I worked with did it last year. Not sure it really works on anyone, honestly.

Katrina on

omg I wish people would stop acting like Kelly Osbourne is the first person ever on earth to have purple hair lol no one is copying her

Jo on

This is a horrible color! Hate it on a her and Kelly Osbourne….

Teknosbeka on

Haha, instagram users were being polite and/or blowing smoke up her butt and she fell for it. It looks ridiculous.

Melissa on

It would be better if the purple was darker instead!

Amaryllis on

No one looks good with purple hair.

hrword on

ACK

M on

Hideous.

Pattimelt on

I dont care about the hair. Eat a sandwich, girl!

Cesa on

Dear God, help this woman. She looks as horrid and as Kelly
Osborne. Both look matronly with purple hair and to think, they believe they are on the cutting edge…of ugly.

Lakeside on

Maybe she thinks if people focus on her hair they will not notice that she is too slim? She’s much too pretty for this.

Carter on

I just love her. She is such a classy lady.

Whittierlil on

No!

WTF on

Are you f^cking kidding me? Wearing purple hair with class and elegance. OOOKAY.

Guest on

She looks ridiculous! Why would she want her head to look like an Easter egg?

Yvonne on

Actually I love it. I wish I had the courage to do it.

Cacci on

Oh…leave her alone!! She’s kept a low profile…raising her kids. She is trying something different. She’s not hurting anybody. Good for her!

Lilyflower on

Not gonna lie…..I love it!

Iona on

I don’t know who gave this the thumbs up but she usually looks amazingly gorgeous and now she just looks like a clown

jckfmsincty on

It just makes her look older. I would think that would be what she most fears.

Sarita on

The emperor has no close.

Sarita on

Correction: the emperor has no clothes.

Dave H on

I’m amazed she had a picture of herself with this color and still did it anyway. Oh well, as long as she likes it, that’s all that matters.

socabillsfan on

I love her, but I think this color ages her. It’s too flat and doesn’t work well with her natural coloring. But kudos for trying something new. Since she’s clearly warm tones, how about lime green??? Or bright shiny yellow? I think she could pull it off.

Nicole on

Im not really a big fan of it even though lavender is my favorite color. I do give her a lot of credit for trying something so extreme with her hair.

Georgia on

I am 64 years old and also have purple hair. Not because I want it but because the purple shampoo for grey hair turns it purple! If I don’t use it then other shampoos stain it with yellow streaks which looks worse! Ugh.

Aeol on

She looks like death. The hair makes it worse because it highlights a common side effect of eating disorders (which she may or may not have, whatever), which is hair loss.

K. on

I’m sorry but he looks like a 50-year-old woman still stuck in her “rock & roll girl” years.

K. on

*she

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