The actress admits to a coloring mishap

By jencress
Updated December 27, 2012 03:00 PM

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Olivia Wilde loves to change her hair color and it seems that no matter what shade she opts for, her mane remains incredibly enviable. But that wasn’t always the case.

When she was a teen, the actress had a major mishap. “At one point I went from blonde to brown, and that gave me green,” Wilde tells PEOPLE. That wasn’t the worst of it, though. She goes on to admit, “Then I just went black. And when I tried to go blonde again, I was left with a black stripe around the middle of my head. It was really unattractive.”

Wilde, a Revlon global brand ambassador, has come a long way since those days of green hair. And she’s learned the trick to trying new hues: patience. “I change my hair color so often for work that I get to experience all shades and all styles. I’m a big fan of experimentation, but with that it’s all about doing it slowly.” And the actress adds, “Luckily, my hair hasn’t fallen out, which is really amazing considering how much I dye it.”

She also keeps her mane in tip-top condition by not washing it every day, watching what she eats and using ammonia-free products — like Revlon’s new Luxurious ColorSilk Buttercream hair color, which features mango, shea and coconut butters. “We are exposed to so many different chemicals every day, so with beauty I’m a fan of having products that don’t have ammonia,” Wilde says. The other thing she loves about the Buttercream collection? The results. “[It gives hair] such a healthy silky look, it doesn’t leave any residue and it’s really hydrating.”

Revlon Luxurious ColorSilk Buttercream will be available at drugstores and mass-market retailers nationwide for $5.99 starting in January. And while you’re contemplating what new shade to try in 2013, check out exclusive behind-the-scenes photos (above and below) from Wilde’s Revlon Buttercream commercial shoot. Tell us: Have you ever had a hair color mishap like Wilde? (One editor admits she once tried to add auburn streaks to blond hair and ended up with pink strands.)

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–Jennifer Cress