When Britney Spears colors her hair from blond to brunette… people need answers! It just doesn’t make sense. Why would someone who was blond for two years want to change it up? The Huffington Post interviewed colorists who understand the (I’ll use this term loosely) psychology of why people color their hair after life-changing experiences.
“There are those girls who almost rely on change, and it’s very emotional,” says Tracey Cunningham, Redken Creative Consultant for Color and co-owner of newly-opened Beverly Hills salon, Mèche. “When we sit down and say ‘what’s really going on,’ it’s always something, you know.”
Britney’s decision to go darker came as a bit of a shock to some experts.
“It’s more unusual that people go darker after a breakup,” says Marie Robinson, celebrity colorist and owner of the eponymous NYC-based salon. “People mostly go redder or blonder, because they associate it as being **** or sexier. Even if they necessarily shouldn’t go blonder, they feel like they must, they might feel like they need this lightness around them. They feel like the dark color would be more of a dark cloud. I think it’s unusual that she went darker, but she’s also stunning.”
Maybe Brunetteney wanted to change her look and come off a little more reserved than the blond locks fans are used to seeing.
“There are women, I find, who are in fields like psychology or psychiatry, and they often will be more conservative with their color. Most of them will err on the darker side, and I think it’s because they want to be reserved, unassuming, not have anything about them seem distracting, so that the total focus is on the person who’s in their chair.”
But, if Britney wanted to remain more reserved, why debut it at a celebrity-filled after-Oscar party?
“I’ve noticed that people have changed their color before they make a big change in their life,” says Robinson. “Like, ‘I’m thinking of breaking up with my boyfriend, but I’m not really sure.’ It’s almost like they look for an excuse to do something to themselves to start a conversation. There’s definitely a thing that happens with divorcees where they really do *** it up a bit, but it’s not just about meeting other people, I think it has to do with a sense of freedom because they’ve dedicated so much of their time to being in a family environment, but now their children are older and now they don’t have to dote over someone else. They have time for themselves.”
Cunningham agreed, adding “hair color does change a lot for you, people see differently. Sometimes people grow into their looks and into their confidence. And listen, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to find the best you.”
Brit’s colorist, Brittany Hunter, told Us Weekly she thinks she “will stick with [the color],” but Cunningham isn’t so sure. “Britney Spears, to me, has been looking so good. The show she did was so great. She kind of seems like she’s on top of the world. But we know Britney Spears will go back to blonde, don’t we?”
“She’s beautiful with brown … but she is a blonde. That’s just how we all see her.”