Nicole Richie Swaps Brunette for Blonde: Love It or Hate It?

08/27/2010 at 11:00 AM ET

Bye-bye brunette! After eight months of rocking raven locks, Nicole Richie took to Twitter yesterday to share a totally new look. Tweeting, “Let’s Do A Makeover!”, the star shared this self-portrait twitpic of her new honey blonde, tousled bob. Never one to shy from changing up her style, Nicole regularly shifts from red carpet elegance to boho cool. And when it comes to trying out new hair colors, she’s always taken a laid-back approach, joking in December, “I feel smarter already,” when she traded blonde for brunette. Tell us: Did Nicole make a smart choice in going back to blonde or is she better as a brunette? –Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester

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Karla San Miguel on

I like her brunette

Kristy on


Allison on

Love it!

Patrick on

Love her!!! Love it in both colors!

Only if she got rainbow for the gays!!

Beth on

Either way — just so happy for her and how her life has changed in such a wonderful way. She deserves the happiness!

Dawn on

Both looks great on her…Love it!

Diana West on

She looks better blonde, because she is not pretty so, the hair removes a little of attention of her funny face,,, lol

cece on

NOPE! She looks older with this color. She needs go to back to the brown. It really compliments her skin and eyes.

Samantha_Canada on

Finally! She looks way better with short, blond hair.

Tara on

Looks ok, but I prefer her with darker hair.

lanie on

I love it. I think she looks so much better as a blond. She looks cute with dark hair too,but I prefer the blond. She has strong features and the blond just softens them, like it does for Jessica Simpson.

Tammy on

She’s been blonde before. She looks good as a blonde… and a brunette.

janet on

She looks nice both ways, but I think she looks alot prettier as a brunette. There is enough phony blondes in California. I am a brunette, and Guys do like Brunettes too!

Sarah on

Love it!!

Danielle on

I think she looks beautiful:)

Lynne on

Who really cares about this girl? she is famous for doing nothing. she had a couple of kids. Big Deal. No talent, no known skills, never had a real job, and she changes her hair colour just as often as most of us change our underwear, does she not? Must be a really slow entertainment news day, I guess. Not a really attractive sort at the best of times so I don’t imagine this hair colour will help her much in the looks department either.

Nina on

I like her better with darker hair. She’s part Afrtican-American, and they never look good as a blonde. She has just enough of the A-A pigmentation in her skin where blonde looks jarring on her, to me. I say go highlighted. That way, she can have both colors and not look weird.

sandy on


Crystal on

There are more important things in the world going on. Who cares about some idiot who has kids in sin and no talent.

Ldub97229 on

She looks fab with whatever she does with her hair/wardrobe/makeup :) LOVE her!

Deb on

Gives her a much softer look. Keep the blond.

sarah on

she looks great in both

Jon on

I like The PHOTO of her, and yes, Nicole Richie did make a smart choice going back to blonde, but she’d be great as a brunette as well!

China on

Nicole definately looks better in darker hair! It makes her look to fake and unnatural in lighter hair. Darker hair goes with her complexion and eyes much better!

ruby on

love it

Hugo on

medium brown with honey colored highlights would have looked better!

S on

Blonde is better! The brunette on her was too dark and overwhelmed her petiteness. :)

Tiff on

I like the darker hair better.

Kim on

I think she looks fine either way. Happy for her that she seems to have turned her life around. Her kids are adorable!

MAMAs on

Either way it looks bad. I don’t think she is all that attractive.

Allison on

Dark hair looks better on her, it goes with her skin tone. I’d like to see Gwen Stefani with her natural dark hair–she would be stunning. Too many blondes that shouldn’t be blond.

Sarah on

Love it…… I prefer blonde hair on her….

Niki on

Always has to be someone negative huh Diana? I’m sure you are just gorgeous right? What a miserable life people like you must have, always cutting everyone else down….She looks gorgeous!

Jaclyn on

I love it! Nicole is awesome, and one of the few “starlets” in Hollywood to make a complete 180. She looks great with either hair color!

Casie Parkins on

I have always loved her as a blonde better than any other hair color. She’s beautiful as a blonde!

Nina on

She can rock blonde or brunette but her eyes really pop when her hair is dark. I love her – she was hilarious on the show with Paris way back when. She should have her own reality show with her hubby and kids…hint hint.

vanessa on

She looks exactly the same! I don’t notice the change. She is beautiful either way!

foreverenvied on

I think I prefer the darker hair, but she looks cute either way. :)

Diba on

I think she is most gorgeous in honey blonde locks. It just really does something for skintone. She looks gorgeous!

Ashley on

Either way she is soooo pretty, cute adorable… Cutest figure, face hair, attitude. I like the way she matured when she became a mamma :)

Jenelle on

It looks okay. But brunette hair is waaaaay sexier!

Jamez on

I actually think a multitonal brunette looks really great on her. The problem with her last turn as a brunette was that it was just one flat color and her extensions weren’t well done at all. She tends to keep her hair and extensions better maintained when she’s blonde.

veggie mama on

SHe’s so adorable and just lovable any way, but I prefer her dark hair. She looks more natural and not like every other starlet in Hollywood. Anyway, she’s FUN!

sugardaisy on

She’s so cute, but I do like her better in blonde

Sooo Rich on

She looks awesome either way. She’s adorable :)

DebbieLG on

I usually prefer brown – the natural hair colour – but I think she looks much better as a blonde.

tawnni on

Awesome! Glad she went back blonde! don’t care what anyone says, she looks better as a blonde any day of the week! (all of you who say brunette…… quit hating haters!!

Peggy Kovacs on

I’ve always thought she looked better with blonde hair. The color and the cut are wonderful on her. I love it!

D on

dark eyes stay with dark hair

lauire on

she looks great both ways

Jennifer on

I think she looks a lot more natural as a blonde!!! I think she look 100% better!!!

daysee on

wasn’t she blonde for a little bit before? The last time that I saw her was when she had her first kid and she was blonde then.

Jenny on

She looked fabulous as a brunette – better for her skin tone.

Anechka on

Nicole always looks great, but with the blond hair she is absolutely stunning. Blond definitely suits her better.

Ede on

Nicole looked glamourous but still naturally pretty with darker hair. She does not have a unique look any more with the blond hair. The darker hair look was romantically soft and it enhanced her eyes. The blond look is too cliche. I hope that she focuses on her family and her charities and stays away from idiots and drugs.

J Hay on

I’ve always preferred her as a blonde…it really brings out her eyes…she has beautiful eyes…

nicole on

can’t really tell

Marti on

Love the cut & style but I think she looks better with darker hair.

Allie on

I love her but her hair looks so over processed

Shae on

Proud of her! She has grown into a woman to be admired.

Esme on

Both look fabulous. Diana West needs glasses and lessons on how to be a lady.

Mary on

Nicole has been blonde before. Not a huge shocker.

outofhere on

stay classy diana lol, but I thinks he looks good either way, especially if the hair is cut short

herehere on

aww, that’s so nice of you diana lol, whatever, she looks good eiter way esp. if it’s cut short

kc on

Am I the ONLY one who remembers that Nicole is biracial?… Why exactly is she doing everything possible to pretend that she isn’t and act WHITE? How bout being proud of WHO YOU ARE because you are a good person and a good mom and “wife”

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liwen on

i think she looks great.

Danna on

It makes her look young and fresh. She was looking older and haggard as a brunette.

Margaret on

She looks more mature and beautiful as a brunette. It suits her big eyes and although as a blonde she looks cute, brunette is way better on her.

kelly on

shorter and lighter looks 110% better. makes her look motherly and the lady she has become.

Kim Niles on

NICOLE ROCKS! I really admire her for extracting herself from the Hollywood bull and becoming a real woman. I am glad for her family that she did not become a statistic of Hollywood. YAY! You go gurl! Oh and the hair…do you gurl…I think (and really it does not matter what I think) that with her darker skin tone that her natural color with highlights works best…

katie on

i love her and i think she looks great but my fav. was the brunette!

Chris K on

I like her as a brunette.

salzy on

Brunette hair is more flattering to Nicole’s complexion, but she can get away with blonde locks.

sh on

she looks great either way. Too bad hair dye is so damaging!

Kitty on

She looks so much better with darker hair. She looks part hispanic and the blonde always washes her out. She looks gorgeous with dark brown hair…and younger!

Lisa on

Yes! It looks great on her. Love her and her cute little family!

Amber on

Normally, I think pretty much everyone looks better as a brunette, but Nicole actually looks so much better as a blonde. For some reason, the darker hair really made her nose look larger and made her look washed out. The blonde just compliments her so much better.

Melinda on

LOVE IT!!!!!!

Robin on

She looks gorgeous either way if you ask me, but I prefer Nicole with dark hair… loving the bob though! :-)

Laurie on

I love it! I like her in blonde better than brunette!

Tina on

Did they run out of dye before getting to her roots?

Nefeli Papadopoulou on

Love it! Always thought blonde suits her better!

Jan on

This color makes her look pale and really its not the best color for her.

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Lisa on would you know that she’s someone to be admired? For crying out loud you don’t even know her except what you read in the magazines or see on tv. There are alot of better choices of someone to admire. puh-lease!!

Lulu on


lisa on

Seriously, this is news worthy? Must be a slow day out there…

Melanie on

she looks fake. back to her real color, please!

Bill on

Nicole needs to focus on marrying her babies daddy and not changing her hair color.

Addilico on

So…I just got off the phone w/ Nicole and she thinks all you lame-o’s talking bs should just zip it…zip it good. Ahahahahahahahahha

Janice on

Nicole! I like the cut and style,but I think you should dump the blonde and go with a soft brown with a some nice highlights for a softer look not overly processed! Glad she has matured as a mother!
Stay away from the idiots! Best of luck to ya1

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