Kelly Osbourne: My Lavender Hair Color Has Become Me (Plus: Why She Shaved Her Head!)

04/15/2014 at 03:34 PM ET

It’s hard for us to remember a time when Kelly Osbourne was not sporting her lavender locks (she’s had the color for four years now), and she feels the same way, saying she’s never felt more herself than with her brightly-hued do. She recently sat down with PEOPLE to discuss her most recent mane change and what it was like when she first debuted her purple hair.

Kelly Osbourne purple hairNancy Kaszerman/ZUMA

“Basically my color has become me. The first time I dyed it and looked in the mirror, I saw myself and I felt like me,” she told PEOPLE while stopping by to promote Wheat Thins Popped. “I’ll never be a natural girl. I’ll never be normal or simple. The most insulting thing someone said to me was to call me ‘beige.'”

It’s true that Osbourne loves to be anything but ordinary (case in point: her barely-there eyebrows), and the TV personality’s dedication to blazing her own trail has paid off. Nearly four years after dyeing her own do, other celebs including Nicole Richie and Ireland Baldwin (not to mention countless style bloggers) have also given the purple hair trend a chance. When asked how she feels about seeing other girls rocking the shade, she says that she is totally supportive. “They don’t get that I’m not that kind of girl that will sit there and be like, “You have the same hair as me.” I don’t own this color; it’s just become a part of me.”

Recently, the Fashion Police judge shared a picture on Instagram of her latest hair update, sporting a bob with shaved sides, which she explains was a result of feeling too “sedate” with her bobbed hairstyle. “I cut it into a bob — [and] no disrespect to anyone who has a bob, but I just felt like I should be picking up my kid from soccer practice in a 15-passenger van.”

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So why go for the bob in the first place? Turns out it wasn’t intentional — a stylist accidentally mixed the wrong blend of hair dyes, and chunks of her hair started falling out. “I never mind when stuff like that happens because I get to be inventive and come up with something new,” she said of the tress disaster. “I told [the hairdresser] that I kind of wanted to look like, ‘Alien chic meets mental patient that’s just had electroshock therapy. You know when people have hair burned off at the sides?’ And he was looking at me like I was insane, but he was like, ‘All right, we’ll try it.'”

And lest you think she’s found a do and sticking to it, Osbourne says that this half-shaved look may be just the beginning. “Every day I’m looking at it and thinking it needs to be more, it needs to go further back and needs to be shorter. But what I love about it is it’s so diverse. When I have to be normal, I [flip my hair in front] and no one knows.”

What do you think Kelly should do with her hair next? Do you think she will shave it even more? Let us know in the comments below!

–John Soper, reporting by Caryn Midler

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nadya on

I like it. It suits her and I think its fun to see others take risks that I probably wouldn’t do myself.

HOtmom229 on

I think this hair color is hideous and clashes with many of her coutre outfits. For someone who is on FAshion Police, I do not find her hair at all fashionable just shocking. Cute for a short term “do” but its time to move on. It does nothing for her except draw attention to her being different

Teknosbeka on

I’d describe it more like “my two year old got a hold of the scissors while I was sleeping”

Kylee on

Must be exhausting to constantly try to be edgey when you’re really just an insecure addict.

Susan on

I think it is very ugly, but if she is happy with it then more power to her. She has to look at it everyday, not me.

SaraJ on

She does this to take attention away from her face and her body. Sorry but it’s true…

Cynthia on

She is gorgeous inside and out!

Jake Dodds on

I think she is young and impulsive. I think she is very pretty but not beautiful (yet). Body size makes no difference. It is how one feels about oneself. She obviously has had issues with how she sees herself when she is on the heavier side but I think she is fine whether thin or with a few pounds. It is not us that needs to come to grips with this. It is her!

bunnie on

Kelly, there’s no such thing as a 15 passenger minivan. And no 15 year old would want you to pick him up from soccer practice. But don’t worry, a few years from now you’ll be another 40-something trying to stay relevant.

Marcy on

Just another disaster ‘star’ – term used loosely. Why should we care?

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