Madonna's Roots: Intentional or Oversight?

01/12/2007 at 04:44 PM ET

When Madonna appeared on The Today Show this week, more than a few of us noticed her multi-inch roots — in fact, they were pretty much impossible to ignore! We can’t believe that Madonna just forgot to have them done, and she’s not the first star that we’ve noticed lately sporting some pretty impressive roots. What gives? Oscar Blandi‘s lead colorist Kyle White, who tends to the locks of Sienna Miller and Jessica Alba, tells PEOPLE that “The reason natural roots work, especially on someone like Madonna who is such a style icon, is that it is causal chic — an ‘accidental’ look, which is really done on purpose. When roots are highlighted from the root down, it looks too contrived and put together.” Hmmm. Call us fussy, but we prefer the no-roots look. What about you? Do you like Madonna’s dark roots? Would you wear this look?

Photo: Virginia Sherwood/NBCU

FILED UNDER: Hair , Madonna
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j on

she needs to go dark. it’s not coming in gray so she should go au natural.

Chrissy on

Lately to me, Madonna has looked washed out. She needs to go darker in my opinion (or a different shade of blonde). And get rid of the roots…it just looks tacky. If you don’t have the time or money (which we all know money isn’t an issue for her) to get the roots done, at least brush the hair all together instead of parting it.

Elda on

Washed out!!!!

Rebecca on

That’s AWFUL! Done on purpose? I sure hope not. It only takes 30 minutes to fix those roots at home, but surely Madonna has enough money, people, time, to get her hair fixed at a salon. I agree she should go a few shades darker… then she wouldn’t need to worry about the touch-ups as often. She also could have tried a style to hide the dark roots instead of the center part that totally magnifies them.

Haley on

Yuck! As an individual who gets an at least 4x/year highlight, I know I detest it when my hair grows out. IMO it looks like sh!t.

erica on

This is yet another example of the “I’m a celebrity, so I can do anything and still be rich and famous and fabulous” hypothesis.
Similar to having chipped nails a la Lindsay or Britney. The idea is, yes, your nails may be perfect, but mine don’t have to be. I am Britney, Madonna or whoever so I am special!

Caren on

I cannot beleive Madonna does not have time to go see her colorist?
What has happened to her?
Looks like motherhood does not agree with her….

Noelle on

The “intentional roots” look is pretty edgy. I have naturally brown hair and I dyed it platinum, whitish blonde a couple months ago. I’m a pretty artsy-edgy girl, so I let my dark roots come in, because people KNOW that the blonde isn’t natural. With Madonna, it seems like she wants to make that sand color seem like her natural color, so the roots are not a good idea.


It looks HORRIBLE!!!!! she needs to a LIL darker!!!But ewwwww on tv it looked grey!!! but her image!!! = (

Melanie on

Iknow that I don’t always have the time to get my hair done, maybe she is just too busy. Maybe when she isnt out promoting or working she just wants to get home to her beautiful children?

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