25+ Celebrities Who Look Completely Different With Their Natural Hair Color


| LAST UPDATE 08/22/2022

By Scarlett Adler

From movie stars to supermodels and vintage icons, everyone who is anyone in show biz has had to dye their hair. However, we got so used to some of our beloved celebrities' artificial hair colors that we have accepted it as their trademark look. So, let's see these celebrities with their natural hair, compared to their signature looks that we all know and love.  

Zooey Deschanel Is a Natural Blonde

Usually, women aim for brighter hair colors. But, that's certainly not the case with Zooey Deschanel, who is a natural blonde. This American actress began her career with movies such as 500 Days of Summer, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and The Good Girl.

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Today, we know her for her roles in Hollywood's comedy movie circuit. Apart from her on-screen performance, Deschanel is also known for her remarkable looks, huge blue eyes, and long dark hair. Still, it's a bit shocking that her real shade is not actually sweet-like honey.

Reese Witherspoon Is a Natural Brunette   

The last iconic woman on our list is Reese Witherspoon. This American actress and producer marked the beginning of her international fame with her portrayal of Elle Woods in the romantic comedy Legally Blonde back in 2001. Since then, she has only increased her influence and recognition.

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The actress kept her blonde hair as her signature look. And as unbelievable as it sounds, Reese has medium-to-dark naturally brown hair. What is important is that Witherspoon has always kept her hair freshly bleached. So, you could be forgiven for not noticing her roots!

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Is Pamela Anderson a Dark Brunette?

When we think of Pamela Anderson, we instantly think of her iconic performance in NBC's Baywatch during the 1980s. Anderson played the role of Casey Jean Parker, a blonde lifeguard with a body to die for. She instantly gained international fame and the reputation of a Canadian bombshell.

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Anyhow, Pamela had dyed her hair from the age of 20. So, her trademark look as a bright blonde with beach waves was actually artificial. Thus, one of the most famous blondes in the world is a natural dark brunette. Today, at the age of 53, Anderson has decided to return to her high school, an unbleached look.

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Dakota Johnson' 50 Shades of Blonde

Dakota, the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, has entered the Hollywood show business from a young age. Yet, it was not until her role in the Fifty Shades film series that Johnson received world fame and recognition. More exactly, she played Anastasia Steele, a blue-eyed brunette.

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Her remarkable depiction of the character brought fans all over the world to recognize Dakota as a dark-haired beauty. When in fact, the actress is a natural blonde. She certainly knows how to pull off both looks. And that's why; Johnson loves to remind the public eye of her inborn shade once in a while.

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Sophie Turners Fire-Engine Red Hair

Best known for her roles as Sansa Stark on the Game of Thrones and Jean Grey in the X-men films, Sophie Turner has certainly initiated global confusion. More exactly, she portrayed fierce, long red hair in both roles. However, the actress revealed that this is not her natural tone.

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Sophie was blonde up until she took part in HBO's hit series. She has recalled the challenges she faced over the years, especially when she was in an all-girls school. Apparently, there was a bad connotation with red or ginger hair. And Turner definitely loves the freedom of her natural blonde hair!

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When Jayne Mansfield Went Blonde

Along with Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield was one of the most famous blondes of the 20th century. This American actress was also one of the first Playboy playmates. Mansfield gained additional media attention for her several romantic relationships, including the one with John F. Kennedy, the former U.S. president.

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But what is less known about Jayne is her natural hair color. This iconic actress revealed that she dyed her hair during her university years. And even though the public eye hasn't captured those days, Mansfield was a typical, covered up, dark brunette. After all, going blonde truly changed things for Jayne!

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The Platinum Blonde Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani got her breakthrough as the lead vocalist in No Doubt. However, she made a turn back in 2004 with the release of 'Love. Angel. Music. Baby'. Years after, she has developed a successful pop career as a solo artist. But what hasn't changed over the years is the platinum, blonde look of Stefani.

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To be more exact, the singer meets with her colorist Danilo Dixon weekly. Even more, he has decided to develop a special formula, especially for Gwen, as she naturally has very dark hair and must counter the damage of constant dying. Obviously, it is an extraordinary bleach-free formula.

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Leigh Lezark's Baby Blonde Shade

Starting from 2006 when Lezark took part in The Misshapes, she has continually increased her international fan base. Leigh has developed an impressive modeling and acting portfolio. For years, she has served as Karl Lagerfeld's and Chanel's muse. Today, she frequently appears in the New York fashion scene.

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Yet, it took Lezark lots of effort to maintain her dark blue-black shade, considering she is a natural blonde. Even more, she has admitted that spending time in the sun reveals her baby blonde shade. Hence, she had to dye her hair over the bathroom sink by herself.

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Sofia Vergara Is a Blonde

Vergara is one of the most famous Latin Americans in the world. But who would say that underneath her sharp, long, dark locks, Sofia is a natural blonde? Shockingly enough, the actress declared this fact back in 2011.

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Sofia dyed her hair and created her trademark look. Years after, Vergara is one of the highest-paid TV actresses worldwide. Additionally, she has received a number of accolades for the portrayal of Gloria in Modern Family.

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Charlize Theron's Default Blonde

Over the years, Charlize Theron has proven as one of the most versatile actresses in showbiz. During the 1990s, she took on several complicated lead characters and as time went by, Charlize played more action roles. Because of this diverse resume, the actress had to continually change her hair color and style.

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Without a doubt, we can say that Charlize made quite an impact on Hollywood. Even more, all her hairstyles suited her perfectly. However, she always tends to go back to her trademark peroxide blonde. When in fact, Charlize's natural hair color is a dark shade brown.

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Can You Recognize Laura Prepon?

Laura Prepon has maintained her trademark style over the years. More exactly, we can recognize this actress exclusively by her black hair. Most of all, Prepon is known for her roles in Orange Is the New Black, The Girl on the Train, and The Hero.

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However, Laura also appeared as Donna Pinciotti in That '70s Show. She played the role in her younger years. But the reason why we cannot connect these characters is that Laura had her vibrant orange hair back in the day. And undoubtedly, her true shade differs from her signature look.

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Ariel Winter's Trademark Black Tresses

Best known for her portrayal of Alex Dunphy in Modern Family, Ariel Winter is recognized for her trademark black tresses. In NBC's comedy series, Winter plays the teen daughter of Claire and Phil. Even more, her remarkable performance opened up numerous acting opportunities for Ariel.

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However, at the age of 22, she decided to study law at the University of California. To make things more interesting, Ariel has also experimented with her hair. So, what lies underneath all these layers? Ariel is in fact a dark blonde.

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Brigitte Bardot’s Public Blonde Image

As most celebs back in the day, Brigitte Bardot also took a turn when she decided to dye her hair blonde. More exactly, her public image reached its peak when she decided to bleach her originally brown hair. Initially, she did it for the role in Mio figlio Nerone.

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However, she loved it so much that she decided to keep her blonde hair as her signature look. It was certainly the right choice, considering Bardot is now one of the most famous blondes in history. Yet, she decided to retire from life in the public eye and dedicate to campaigning for animal rights in 1973.

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The British Blondie Emily Blunt

Blunt has begun her career in British plays and TV dramas. However, she quickly emerged in some huge American productions and earned her spot in the Hollywood scene. Over the years, the actress loved to switch it up between different tones and hairstyles.

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However, she is a natural blond underneath it all. Generally, we recognize her for darker shades of brown which make us believe that it's her natural look. Recently, Emily favors warm-undertones. Can you predict her next hair color change?

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What's Blake Lively's Real Hair Color?

Blake Lively, one of Hollywood's sweethearts, got her big break with her role as Serena van der Woodsen on the teen drama Gossip Girl. Over the years, the actress took part in numerous movies and TV shows. However, she has kept Serena's blonde hair as her signature look.

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Weirdly enough, blonde is not the natural hair color of Lively's hair. The actress has in fact hazel-toned hair which she revealed during her pregnancy. Undoubtedly, Blake looks great in both instances. However, she quickly returned to her trademark look. And why wouldn't she?

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The Blonde Beauty Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde has captured the spotlight after her portrayal of Remy Hadley on House. Over the years, the actress took part in several movies but ultimately decided to start directing. What's interesting for Wilde, is that she has openly explained the reason for dying her hair.

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According to Olivia, she was always classified as a pretty girl or a hot chick when she was blonde. But once she went brunette, all her offers changed. Suddenly, she was recognized as a potential doctor or a waitress with a tough past. Olivia loved to be perceived more seriously, so she kept her dark hair.

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Scarlett Johansson's Natural Chestnut Brown Hair

Widely considered as one of Hollywood's most attractive actresses, Scarlett Johansson has truly made a name for herself. To be more specific, Johansson is the ninth-highest-grossing box office star of all time. And still, she knows how to keep us on our toes!

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Over the years, Scarlett took over diversified roles and kept changing her hair color. But, we mostly recognize her as the typical blonde bombshell. More exactly, Scarlett has inherited part of her mother's black hair and her father's Danish light blond. Thus, Scarlett's natural tone is chestnut brown.

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Julianne Moore' Trademark Red

Julianne Moore is one of the most consistent redheads in Hollywood. The actress rose to stardom in the late 1990s and early 2000s when she received four Oscar nominations in a five-year period. Since then, Moore has appeared in more than 70 productions including independent, as well as blockbuster movies.

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What's remarkable for Moore is that she has always portrayed a good head of rosy hair. However, she has manufactured this look, as Julianne is a natural blonde. Funny enough, her daughter has inherited Julianne's signature look, considering she was born red-headed.

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Cara Delevingne's Iconic Appearance

The iconic model and actress Cara Delevingne entered show business right after school and quickly became the most demanded collaborator in the industry. Over the years, she underwent a number of style changes as a model. But after everything, she kept her dark eyebrows and mousy blonde hair as her signature look.

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Most of us assumed that this trademark came naturally for Delevingne. When in fact, she had lightened her hair all these years. It is possible that she was blond as a child. However, her hair got darker as Cara got more mature. Currently, her natural tones are darker shades of brown.

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Marilyn Monroe Reinvented Herself

Marilyn Monroe was one of the most legendary personalities from the Golden Age of Hollywood. This iconic actress, model, and singer, was known for her exceptional style and sex appeal. Monroe was one of the most demanded actresses in the 1950/1960s, and she still serves as a major pop culture figure.

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Her trademark look was blond peroxide curls. However, her natural hair was a chestnut brown with hints of red. She never let it grow out, so the only pictures we could get are up until her teen years. With the change of her hair, Marilyn also changed her name and other aspects of her personality.

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Christina Hendricks's Shades of Red

Best known for her role as Joan Holloway on AMC's Mad Men, Christina Hendricks's trademark is her passionate red hair look. The actress has received great recognition for the role. And maybe that's the reason why she has also kept the fierce hairstyle off-screen.

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Without a doubt, it comes a bit shocking that Hendricks is actually a strawberry blonde. Even more, she has explained that she spent half her life golden-haired. Today, she admits that she is nostalgic for her youthful look. Thus, Hendricks has decided to return to her natural roots or a far lighter shade of red.

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Leighton Meester Isn't a Dark Brunette

Leighton Meester is best known for her portrayal of Blair Waldorf in the teen drama Gossip Girl, where she played alongside Blake Lively. And after all, the actresses seem to have switched roles. More exactly, Leighton Meester dyed her naturally blonde hair brunette for her role, whereas Lively did the opposite.

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After the role, Meester decided to keep her trademark. Over the years, she took part in several films, almost exclusively with dark brown hair. And it's rather ironic that one of the most iconic brunettes in TV history is golden-haired under the layers.

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Anna Paquin's Vampire Edge

The second-youngest Oscar winner in history Anna Paquin has earned an Academy Award for her portrayal of Flora McGrath in The Piano at the age of 11. Since then, she has excelled in her career and won several accolades. Most of all, she is known for her role as Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood.

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The actress needed to bleach her hair for the role. However, she liked it so much that she decided to present this striking sandy blonde look both on and off-screen. In reality, her natural color is a lot darker, which gives Anna a vampy edge and completely changes her appearance.

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Amy Adams' Signature Red

Throughout her acting career, Amy Adams has taken on different roles. Thus, she has proven versatile through both comedic and dramatic performances. Her main breakthrough was in Junebug where she played a chatty pregnant woman. And today, Adams is one of the highest-paid actresses worldwide.

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But what is unique for Amy is her well-colored red hair. And yes, you understood well. That's not the natural hair color of the actress. A not so well-known fact is that Amy has been coloring her naturally blonde hair for years now. Even more, she claims that this had a dramatic influence on her acting career.

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The Dark Disguise of Denise Richards

The former model and American actress Denise Richards took part in several movies such as Drop Dead Gorgeous and Scary Movie 3. Yet, she is best known for her reality show and television appearances. And when it comes to Denise's hair, she certainly declares it as a big part of her glamorous image.

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For as long as we can remember, Richards has been an alluring blonde beauty. But in fact, her natural hair color is deep chocolate brown. Anyhow, she is dedicated to preserving her trademark. That's why Denise takes extensive action and even makes her own crystal concoction to brighten her highlights.

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Marcia Cross' Faultless Red Hair

Marcia Cross began her career in soap opera shows but has received huge acclaim for her portrayal of Bree Van de Kamp in NBC's Desperate Housewives. Thus, anyone who has seen the show recognizes Marcia for her role as a perfectionist, image-obsessed suburban wife, and mother.

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Even though Bree Van de Kamp was solely one of Cross's roles, she certainly got something out of it. More exactly, the actress has kept her flawless red hair on-screen, as well as in real life. And up until this day, fans worldwide cannot believe that Marcia is a natural brunette.

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Deborah Ann Woll's Natural-Born Blonde

Mostly known for her role in True Blood, Deborah Ann Woll had her big break back in 2008. To be more specific, she played Jessica Hamby, a vampire that had just been turned and needed to adjust herself to a new life. Due to the role, Ann Woll colored her hair red.

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In reality, the actress is a natural-born blonde. However, she claims that her shade is not quite compatible with her pale skin tone. So, once in a while, she goes back to red hair, just as in her vampire role. Deborah is also recognized for her portrayal of Karen Page in Daredevil.

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Hilary Duff's Chocolate Brown Shade

Without a doubt, Hilary Duff was one of the most famous teen idols in the early 2000s. Her role in the Disney Chanel's hit show Lizzie McGuire has brought Duff international fame and a huge fan base. But she was certainly not recognized as a dark-haired beauty.

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Over the years, the actress has always portrayed a light blonde, soft look. She has had numerous roles in shows and movies, but none illustrated her real, chocolate brown shade hair color. At the end of the day, we can say that we love both looks because they suit Duff perfectly!

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The Queen of Burlesque Dita Von Teese

As one of America's most famous burlesque dancers, Dita Von Teese has dedicated her whole life to achieve the Old Hollywood look. More exactly, this successful businesswoman is popular for her strict, vintage dress code and exceptional manners.

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Her dedication to bring back burlesque performance to the modern-day society has earned Von Teese the nickname 'Queen of Burlesque'. But who would say that her jet black hair is naturally blonde? Luckily, we have found a picture of this old-world beauty in the 1980s when she was only a teen.

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The Vampire Look of Kristen Stewart

Most of all, Kristen Stewart is known for her dark, cool-toned shade she portrayed in The Twilight Saga film series. To be more specific, Stewart played the role of Bella Swan, a pale, dark-haired high schooler that managed to win over the heart of Edward Cullen, the mysterious vampire.

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Undoubtedly, we can say that the vampire look makes both her skin tone and her green eyes stand out, which worked to Kristen's advantage. She gained world recognition and fame. However, her iconic portrayal is completely manufactured, as Stewart is a natural blonde.

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