Maggie Gyllenhaal on Her Blonde Moment: 'I Wanted to Feel Better About Myself'

06/24/2014 at 10:53 AM ET

Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s brief period as a blonde wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. The star revealed that she dyed her pixie platinum to improve her mood and change things up after a super cold winter. (Remember that Polar Vortex?)

Maggie Gyllenhaal talks hairTony Barson/FilmMagic

“I dyed my hair blonde because I wanted to feel better about myself,” Gyllenhaal told The Independent recently. “I do like it blonde, but it doesn’t make you happy. The truth is: it was a long hard winter and I thought, maybe this will change my life. But it never does. I should know that by now, I’m 36 years old.”

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The actress returned to her natural brunette shade earlier this month, so either her platinum period did the trick, or she’s relying on good ol’ natural Vitamin D for a pick-me-up these days. Do yo like Maggie better as a blonde or brunette? What do you think about her reason for changing up her mane game? Share your thoughts below!

–Brittany Talarico

FILED UNDER: Beauty , Celebs , Hair , Hair Changes

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mariac on

i think it made her look much older than she is! like mid 50s. she looks much prettier with her natural hair colour.

Tina on

I think the blonde perks her up quite a bit.

Amaryllis on

She needs a stylist, badly.

Chihuahua MOM on

I like the blonde. She looks kinda frumpy with the brown hair.

Rocknroll on

I like her hair blonde!

katezmusing on

I like her better as a blonde…

Tara on

Maggie is adorable either way! But I do like the blonde look.

Laurie on

I love her as a blonde!

yahoo on

Yeah I think it makes her look more bright and youthful. Change is always good!

ace11 on

that is one strange looking broad

Vacagran on

Maggie is such a natural beauty – it doesn’t matter what she does with her hair. I simply love her look!!

Nicole on

I think the blonde is beautiful on her and it makes her look younger and more lively. I always thought the brunette hair aged her but either way she has a unique look.

veggie mama on

Maggie is beautiful, free spirit. She looks great either way. Feel better about yourself from inside out.

fan of boardwalk empire on

While the blonde hair was very cute, I like the natural brunette color the best on Maggie- the brunette color brings out her pretty blue eyes.

Donna on

I like her either way! She is lucky that she can pull of both looks.

Patti on

Love her as a blonde better than brunette.

Lola on

I like her better blond. She always looked washed out to me!!

Itzy8940 on

I think she looks pretty; the color brought out the blue in her eyes.

Rose on

I think she looks great in either color and really love her hair short!

bitsy on

I thought she looked great as a blonde!

fifiwereking on

poor maggie! she’s such a pretty woman, but she usually has no idea what to do with herself… i wish i could get my hands on her for a makeover!

i usually don’t go for brunette-to-blonde, but in her case it works…

Kimber on

I think she looks great in this picture!

Boom on

I love it on you, Maggie! It’s much more flattering and does lighten you up, and I don’t just mean your hair :)

Lynn H. on

I really like this blonde pixie style. I think it looks really nice on Maggie. I like it better than her natural color. Not many women can carry off that pixie style – but it looks great on her.

Lexie on

I think she’s beautiful either way. She has gorgeous eyes, and those cheekbones are to die for! Don’t worry about what everybody else is doing. I’ve always admired that you are yourself, and that you’re okay with that. Guess we all go through our “Wish we were list”, but believe me, you don’t need to.

Sara on

Love the blonde look. She doesn’t look so plain.

Sara on

At first I wasn’t too taken with it, as I thought she looked better with her natural brunette colour; but the blonde look started to grow on me and it found it kind of a nice change. It made her look more lively.

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