Ken Paves on Jessica Simpson's New Brunette Color

02/16/2007 at 02:00 PM ET

If you’ve been wondering what prompted ultimate blonde Jessica Simpson to go dark, you’re not alone. Jessica’s hair stylist and BFF Ken Paves gave PEOPLE the scoop behind her bold new look. After a day spent lounging by the pool together, the two came inside and started playing with extensions from their HairDo line. Jessica asked, “‘What do you have in there that’s red? I clipped it on and she said, ‘I want to leave this on! I want to wear it out,'” which she did to great effect (the front part of her hair was sprayed with temporary color to match the extensions). Jessica loved the change so much that the next morning, she asked Ken to make it permanent, saying she “felt more like herself.” As for the rumors that Jessica went dark for new boyfriend John Mayer‘s benefit, Ken scoffs at the idea. “It just happened. She had no intention of coloring her hair. This was done on a whim — two friends horsing around and playing dress up. A woman doesn’t have to be doing it for somebody. Sometimes it just happens.”

Photo: patrick rideaux/rex; charley gallay/london entertainment

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Haley on

I think her hair looks great dark! I hope it’s for the right reasons though, and not that Vanessa Minillo is brunette.

Jennifer Sanchez on

She looks beautiful with her hair dark like that





Alice on

The people that say she is trying to look like Vanessa sound like idiots. Let’s review the evidence-

A) She left Nick
B) She has moved on….to someone with real talent.
C) How many most beautiful/sexy lists has Vanessa topped? None. Why would Jessica want to look like her?

RealBlondsRule on

This haircolor argument is so YAWN. So is the Joe Simpson-driven pseudo-relationship she’s having with the moonface Edward Scissorhands wanna-be. The couple times I’ve seen her in that Pizza Hut commercial, I’ve had to laugh. It looks like two pigs are wrestling under that red gown she’s wearing. She probably gained ten pounds making that commercial, as many takes it took her to get it right.

kim on

She looke great as a brunette

Anonymous on

She looks much better with darker hair


Go away “TEWW”… you are ewwwwww!!!!
Jessica looks pretty with this hair color and it is the same as mine!! And I love mine too. Everybody is so tired of blonde (as was I) and a brownish-reddish color is fresh and pretty for spring. Oh and btw…. Jessica IS a natural blonde, but its a dark blonde, and yes she had highlights. Haven’t you ever seen any biography shows of her? Keep the color Jessica!! Just don’t go black like Ashlee.

Reagan on

I think that she looks good, both blonde and brunette, but i have to say that i think she looks better brunette!

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