April 22, 2013 08:58 PM

Splash News Online

We had a feeling we were going to love Reese Witherspoon as a brunette, but in the one good look we had, her adorable baby distracted us too much to make an informed judgment.

But when her stunning new look at Sunday’s N.Y.C. Mud premiere changed the conversation from her legal troubles to her killer hair, we knew that the hue was something special.

We’ve been wondering how Witherspoon maintains the richer hue so far from her L.A.-based colorist Lorri Goddard, so we checked in to get the full scoop.

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Goddard worked with hairstylist Lona Vigi to get Witherspoon’s hair color exactly right for the film The Good Lie, landing on a shade Goddard describes as “a medley of ribbons of different chocolates with a chestnut overlay … It needed to have warmth and richness.”

And Vigi has been keeping the color vibrant on the film’s Atlanta set. “Keeping a brunette like that, it’s about an every two week situation,” Goddard shares. Witherspoon’s natural blonde hue makes it a little easier to maintain, she says, because “you don’t have pigment fighting you to achieve those changes,” but she sent her to Atlanta with Avon’s Advanced Techniques shampoo and conditioner (Witherspoon is a spokeswoman for the brand).

In the end, Goddard says, the brunette really works for the actress because “it really shows off her coloring and her beautiful bone structure.” And we agree: Anything that could look equally good in the photo here as in the photo here is a hair color worth bragging about.

Tell us: Do you like Reese better as a blonde or brunette?

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Jackie Fields

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