If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Lucy Hale‘s hair is her rich brunette shade, that’s about to change. The actress just checked another hair color off her bucket list — a bright strawberry blonde — and it might just be her best mane change yet.
Hale revealed the look on Instagram, writing, “I dye.” But there’s a catch: The rest of her caption hints that the look isn’t here to stay (sad, we know). “Thank you @kristin_ess for temporarily making me the blonde alter ego I’ve always wanted to be.”
So what does this mean for Aria’s brown locks? Her longtime hairstylist, Kristin Ess, tells PeopleStyle that Hale “likes doing fun things with her hair when she can.” And being that she’s on a break from filming both her new movie Dude and Pretty Little Liars, Ess says she’ll hang onto the shade for a little over a month — the perfect amount of time to see if her blonde alter-ego really would have more fun.
Her new hue, which Ess describes as “a summery shade that works with her tones,” was planned around her brows, which they wanted to keep dark.
“When someone has dark bold brows like Lucy, you have to keep a little bit of a natural root in there,” Ess explains. “That was our main objective while getting it as light as possible and maintaining health.
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And now that she’s tried blonde, we hope she’ll start playing with brights — after all, she did tell PeopleStyle in a recent interview that she’s “always wanted to do a cool hair color — purple or blue or something.”
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— Jillian Ruffo