Hayden Panettiere Explains Her Newly Red Hair: "I Don't Feel Like a Blonde Right Now!"

01/29/2010 at 09:00 AM ET

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As one of Hollywood’s more recognizable blondes, Heroes star Hayden Panettiere gave new meaning to “red carpet reveal” when she turned up at the Temple Grandin premiere in New York this week with newly auburn hair. As much as we love the new look, such a drastic color change is always a bold move–especially in Hollywood. So our big question for her was, why red now? “Because I could, because I was done with the season,” she explained to PEOPLE. “I was like, ‘I need to change, I need to get myself out of this slot. I don’t feel like a blonde right now!'” In true superstar fashion, the actress didn’t stop with her hair, and had her stylist touch up her brows as well. “I hope they match,” she said, continuing, “Eyebrows very much frame the face.” Despite the color change, Hayden tells us that she isn’t through with the change-ups. “I was going to go dark,” she said of her original hair color plan. “And then I decided to go red first — and then dark.” We can’t wait to see what’s next! Tell us: Do you like Hayden’s new color, or do you prefer her as a blonde?–Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester, reporting by Jeffrey Slonim

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Lyudasik on

She is beautiful with red hair as well. I think there is something great in her mind right now, some big plans that’s why she decided to change her hair colour.

Laura on

She look’s great with red hair, I have the some color but mine is real. It brings out her features in her face……..

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misspriss101 on

She def looks better with blonde hair but i admire her for wanting to make a change:)

miccau on

Hayden is a cutie pie either way. Women change the color and length all the time.

Boricua on

Hayden looks beautiful no matter what color of hair. She is just one of those people that look beautiful no matter what. I do like it but if her natural hair color is dark I would try it and see how it looks before deciding for sure how she wants to keep it. I like it she has a healthier look on her face.

Megan Thompson on

I think she would be beautiful no matter what…love the red!

Frederika on

I think she looks terrific — the color suits her and she doesn’t even need a lot of make-up. With blonde she looks a bit fake and always has soooo much make-up on to get rid of that washed-out appearance.

trsquare on

She’s beautiful, either way. She’d probably look smashing as a brunette, too.

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