Drew Barrymore's Stylist: Why We Went Red

04/15/2011 at 02:30 PM ET

Drew Barrymore Hair
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Talk about a ravishing redhead! Drew Barrymore recently made a hair hue switch, picking up a warm red color and leaving her ombré locks behind. We love the new look, but wanted to know — why the switch? According to Barrymore’s colorist, Tracey Cunningham, it was just time for a change. “The ombré look really created a great beauty buzz but we wanted to try something new,” Cunningham tells PEOPLE. “Drew likes to keep her look fresh; we like to try new things when the seasons change.” Choosing to use “the perfect spring red shade” — which she describes as soft and warm, with “great vibrancy” — was easy, Cunningham says. “Drew is a color chameleon! Her skin is so pretty that any hair color will complement her eyes.” To make such a change on your own, Cunningham recommends taking the process slowly. “When you book your appointment, be prepared to spend some time in the salon,” she explains. “The color needs to be gradually added back in; your colorist has to make sure they apply the color with perfect technique to even out the look and void the prior ombré look.” To lock in color and shine, Cunningham recommends a glaze, too. But if you’re gunning for a major change of your own, think twice, the stylist says. “Do it when the time is right! Don’t try a radical change two weeks before your wedding or a major event in your life,” she cautions. “Give yourself time to adjust to the change — and embrace it!” —Reporting by Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester


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Tami on

I like it. It looks real good…

Prairie on


Aurinna on

Love it..and her!
great color choice!

Diane Carder on

nice color, but she looks better as a blonde, more natural for her coloring

ben on

We love you Tracey Cunningham!!!!

Jon on

Good to hear!

j on

best hair color she’s ever had, hope she keeps it!

av on

she needs a trim on the ends….

Alexis on

Yuck!!! I like her blonde it is her classic color and she should stay with it minus the huge roots!!

guemesbill60 on

She’s hot regardless, but yeah, RED IS HER COLOR!! Thanks Drew : }

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