Julianne Hough Goes Brunette at the CMA Awards: Love It or Hate It?

11/11/2010 at 02:00 PM ET

Julianne Hough Goes Brunette  Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Julianne Hough‘s frothy Georges Chakra gown wasn’t the only thing that got style fans talking and cameras snapping at the CMA Awards last night: The singer also debuted her new, darker do. The former dyed-and-true blonde had stepped out sporting a few low-lights earlier this month, but she hit the black carpet in a look that brought her back to brunette. When Julianne tried a similar shade last year she Tweeted that looking at old photos made her “miss my blonde hair,” but we have to say we’re happy to see her bring back the look for fall. What do you think? Should Julianne stay on the dark side, or return to her blonde roots? –Kate Hogan


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Ashley on

Love it!

Lex on

I actually love it. i think it suits her!

jen on

Love it!

Evil Minx on

I like it too… she’s so cute, she could probably wear just about any color. It must be a thing going around… another star at the CMA’s last night had her hair the same shade as Julianne’s. I’m not for certain, but I wanna say it was Kristen Bell.

Betty Finn on

She looks pretty either way. Personally, I prefer the blonde but if she’s trying to look more mature (so Seacrest feels better) the darker does accomplish that!

Pam on

It looks great! Keep it brunette, girl!

Lisa on

i don’t think it would be possible for her to look bad!

Julie on

I actually prefer Julianne’s hair the way it was before she dyed it. Her long, blond locks looked natural, and it seemed to light up her face, and she was always smiling. She looks rather sad in the pic above, or is it just me? It really changed her looks. Julianne – please go back to your natural hair color! It was perfect for you!

Jon on

I like it, she should stay on whatever side makes her happy, which is clearly brunette!

Mrs JP on

LOVE IT and good for her. And why not, sometimes change is good and why not change our hair color, its fun and as can if someone doesn’t like it, well too bad for them :-)

Amber on

I personally like her blonde better but she can pull the brunette off too…

Me, too on

I agree with Amber. I liked the blonde, but she can work the brunette, too!

Heather on

I didn’t even recognize her with the new hair color!

jamiej on

My family loved Julie on Dancing with the Stars… Now she not only looks great with the new hair tone but she has put on weight which makes her face look even more beautiful… We hope to see her in many a films…

dee on

looks better than her blonde do

maui pineapple on

I’m not a fan of the new color. A different shade of blonde would suit her so much better, IMHO.

Donna on

I heard her in an interview and she said she had to go darker for the movie she is making, maybe she darkened it more, but it was light brunette in that interview about making the movie

Hayley on


Julie on

She was so cute as a blond. This color is blah and it is not becoming to her face it all!!!! She use to be so cute and now she is average!!!!

vicky on

doesn’t matter-she is so pretty-she could shave it off and still pull it off!

irena on

She’s the type of girl that can try absolutely any color and she would still be beautiful! I really like it!

Vroxx on

Keep it blonde, she is one of the most truly beautiful blondes around. Brunette looks okay, but just not her! I love all hair color types, but think it should fit their personality.

Marilyn on

Love it, wish she was still on “Dancing with the Stars”

Eve on

Go back to blond! You were a stunner.

Lisa on

Absolutely LOVE IT!

Keri on

She’s beautiful, her hair looks amazing as usual!

nancy on


Lucy on

Like the BLOND much much better and she looks younger with it blond

Patricio on

She could shave her head and she would still be look fantastic.

Alice on

This girl is beautiful whether she is a blonde or a brunette!

SG on

It does look good but she is just a doll with the lighter look. She is known for the lighter hair and she doesn’t look like herself with the darker shade.
I say she should go back to her normal color.

Caroline on

BLONDE! It brought her eyes out more and I love true blondes!

Courtney on

She is beautiful no matter which hue but the platinum color was her signature style and made her look absolutley stunning.

Deborah on

I think it looks pretty great. Nice to mix up hair color every now and again.

jo on

i thought it was vera farmiga when i first saw this picture. doesn’t look bad just doesn’t look like her.

Peggie on

Love it !

laura on

she looks like miley cyrus…so in my opinion BLECK.

abc on

She looks like a younger Jennifer Aniston

aisling on

i think it suits her!! its really nice!!!

malia27 on

Think she should have it blond. She looks too blend in this color brown. She looks too ordinary. Your hair is the frame of your face. Can’t see her beautiful blue eyes as much. Most people would not give her a 2nd look in her brown hair, but blond…watch out!




Fran on

Hate it, she was so beautiful with the blond hair, it just lightened up her face!

mg on

It makes her blue eyes stand out more. Looks good but then she always looks good.

Lauren Catherine Shulver on

Pretty either colour…but blond looks natural: )

Nina on

I think Julianne looks good with blonde or brunette hair, but like me, she’s naturally in the ash family, so she shouldn’t go any darker than the picture, or she’ll look like Vampira. Unless that’s the look she’s going for. I’ve gone back to a dark ash blonde for the fall myself, so I can understand her wanting a change. Plus, the upkeep is much easier with a darker shade of blonde.

Peggy Smith on

Julianne is so cute – she looks good either way.

HC on

The brunette makes her eyes pop so much more than the blonde. Stick with it. It’s fantastic.

Bern on

Definitely brings out her beautiful eyes!

Kim on

Not minding the color, but the styling could use some major work.

Leah on

Personally, not liking it at all. The color looks fake and the style needs work. Go back to Blonde! It matched her spunky sunshine personality much better.

Sam on


Lynne on

I don’t really care for it. I think she looks more striking as a blonde. She kind of “blends in” with this hair colour.

Laurie on

It looks very nice on her – she’s very pretty and can get away with any look!!

Choyce2020 on

This color definitely makes Julieann look more mature & personally, if she would have left a few more blond highlights to add to her sparkling personality I think the new color would suit her perfectly. She’s a doll either way!!

barbara on

She looks good with any color but I like blonde better for her.

akri on

I think she looks better blonde..the darker suits her but ages her as well..also,, she needs to dump that Seacrest..not for her!

Tracie Maderakis on

I think she is beautiful either way — but I like this color because it really makes her eyes pop.

nyc girl on

I think she is beutiful but blond was much better.

Bonnie on

She’s adorable in any colored hair.:-)

SHar on

This girl could dye it purple with red stripes and she would look gorgeous. She looks much more grown up this color but I like it. I actually like it either way but this is nice for a change.

Tammy on

Love her. Do not love her hair that color or that style.

Casey on

I think women, more times than not, look VERY pretty when making the change from blonde to brunette. Julianne is no exception! Love it.

Madge on

Looks great! She looks gorgeous as a blond or brunette.

Samantha on

I don’t know. . .in the world of country music there are soooo many blonde, young, superstars. I think being a brunette sets her apart from all of them. LOVE IT!

me on

I prefered the natural colour. This ages her for some reason. It does bring out her eyes and its a nice colour, just not liking it that much.

Keeley on

I think she is going to look beautiful no matter what, but I think I prefer her light blonde!

ponymom on

Please go back to blonde, I think she looks so much better as a blonde!!

christ on

I thought she was stunning as a blonde. This color makes her look average at best!

Sam on

I LOVED her blonde hair! It suited her much better, in my opinion. But she still looks gorgeous either way!

lexi on

color isn’t bad, but I don’t care for the cut, it ages her a bit

Raina on

She looks amazing!

Sam J on

Makes her look old beyond her years and haggered. I think she has been hanging around Ryan Seacrest to much

anonymous on

no way, shes lost all her hotness makes her look 10 years older

anonymous on

The blond makes her stand out and younger with more blue eyes, Julianne GO BACK TO BLOND

Sashaya on

Blonde hair and blue eyes I think would be MUCH prettier on her, but good for her for trying something new :)

april on


Ashley on

It’s beautiful, but she had the best blonde color I had ever seen! It was perfection. This color is pretty, but I prefer the blonde on her. Her eyes look incredible either way.

MoonlightMindy on

She was an incredible dancer…..so she left and went to sing mediocre COUNTRY….huh??
She had beautiful, really noticeable BLOND hair…so she cut it and now it’s not so note-worthy brown…..huh?
Is this just Youth trying to find itself….or a sadly confused young woman? Counseling….maybe?

Teri on

I like your hair blonde. Some girls look better as a blonde.

Anna on

No. Blonde is better.

mary on

love it :)

AtlantaLady on

Hate it. Makes her look all washed out.

Amy on

I really like it on her

emma on

Looks nice,i do think she looks like a younger jennifer aniston. The blonde looks way better and brings out her crystal blue eyes. She should go back on dacing with the stars!!

krystalshannon on

I prefer the blonde, it makes her more youthful looking, and one should always rock the young look as long as you can! You can always look older, but when you get older, you can’t look young!

EdieRose on

I think she will look good in any color but i think she looks better with blonde hair as it highlights her face better

mimi on

I like it light blond-she looks hottest that way. i saw recent pic of her and ryan at a bball game and it was dark, now its even darker! she looks more mature now( in a good way) and more young with lighter. of course shes beautiful either way but when julianne has that golden blonde hair she stands out! i loved when she and blonde brother danced together-

Blondie on

I liked her as a blond-but bigger things are happening in the world and who cares?

Rita on

I just love her. She’d look great in a burlap sack and purple hair. I wish she’d come back to DWTS.

Beneta Skaggs on

She looks adorable either way. The darker color really makes those baby blues pop!

Steph on

She looks a lot like Stephanie Pratt now, prefer the blonde hair.

smriti on

love it…please dont change it back till like spring…

Lisa on

Julianne is a beautiful young woman no matter the color of her hair. But without a doubt she looks better as a blonde. Having such a dark hair color makes her look old and tired. Julianne, blonde called and it wants you to come back to it. lol!!!

Nina on

Stay dark. Suits her better than the beachy blonde.

Diane on

Julianne JUST finished filming “Footloose” so I believe that is why her hair is darker. The twitter photo of her as a child with blonde hair and she mentioning it made her miss her blonde locks was from just a couple weeks ago. Not last year.

Patty on

Actually, I think the darker hair compliments her complextion and eyes. Looks much better than that bleached blonde look!

josie on

She is a beautiful girl. It would be impossible for her to look bad even if she shaved her head. While this color does make her look a bit more mature, I thinks she looks best as a blonde. Besides, when did “mature” take precedence over “young?”

Sally on

NO NO NO, Julianne!!!! Brunette is cute, but, as a blonde you’re just beautiful!!!

carol on

Julianne, you are so beautiful with any color hair, but I prefer the blonde.

gail smith on

that girl is so beautiful-there is no color she couldn’t wear.

sharon on

Would like to see her go back blond, and go back to Chuck Wicks.

Shay on

I liked the blonde better :(

tori on

I like it, but i think i prefered the blonde.

Jason on

It looks healthy, she can wear her hair anyway and look great, but she doesn’t have the pop that she does with the blonde.

MsB on

Don’t like the new hairdo! Julianne is definitely cuter and far more attractive as a blonde! Her blonde was natural, this new do looks fake!

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Marioutta on

Tara Reid fans it’s your luck day! This leggy blonde just sinegd up for the UK celebrity big brother!! You can watch her antics all day long! Mind you, maybe I am wrong be she is looking kinda stoned!

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