The Story Behind Adele's 'Platinum' Locks

02/14/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

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In addition to an astounding six Grammy awards, there is another golden addition to Adele‘s life: that gorgeous blonde do!

The singer’s lighter look (she used to rock a deep reddish hue) is the handiwork of colorist Lucy Holbrook at the Daniel Galvin salon in London.

“We decided to color Adele’s hair a honey-colored blonde as it suited her complexion and really brought out the color of her eyes,” she explains. “It was important to elect a color with plenty of depth to complement the bouncy voluminous styles that she favors.”

Lino Carbosiero, the salon’s creative director, was responsible for those Veronica Lake waves. “We made Adele’s hair shoulder-length and cut a long layer through the back so as to give her a bit of swing and some natural movement,” he explains. “We wanted to create an old classic with a modern twist.” Tell us: What do you think of the look?

Justine Harman


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Lyn on

Um, Callista Gingrich’s hair is “platinum.” Adele’s is a honey blond, as the story says. Nice hair; bad headline.

fanofboardwalkempire on

Love the lighter locks on Adele!
Adele looks just great! Adele was stunning at the Grammy Awards- congrats to her team in London!

Barb on

I think Adele looks lovely in her new hair style, simple, but elegant. Her stylists did a remarkable makeover without going over the top and her gowns were gorgeous and very tasteful. Way to go Adele.

None of Your Busniess on

Love Adele’s new hair color. Looks FANTASTIC on her!!!!

Boo on

Her colourist must be blind. It actually doesn’t suit her complexion – she’s far too ‘pink’.

And the darker colour made her much more sophisticated, less Barbie. Which, given her music, I had assumed she’d prefer the former, not the latter.

cee on

she looks fabulous! and i really loved this look – platinum or not – but i was sad to hear that she’s not planning to make anymore music for awhile. i need new adele like i need water on a daily basis.

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oh really on

agree with boo, this color does not look good with her skin tone, her old color was complemented her tone perfectly, and was less common/California. she was uniquely beautiful, now looks more like others. i hope she goes back to her old color, and makeup colors too.

kyla on

She looks lovely as a blonde but I prefer the red.

Chrissi on

I think she looks beautiful!!

Anita on

Good job. It makes her look younger. I seriously thought she was in her 40s when I first saw her on DWTS.

kica on

She looks just as great as she sounds!

AJ on

Reminds me of Rosemary Clooney on a “White Christmas.” Classic and stunning. Adele is a lovely lady!

Annia on

So loving it. She looks fabulous!

scatterflake on

Adele looks beautiful, the new color is brilliant! She’s a gorgeous woman with the voice of an angel.

tammy on

Gorgeous regardless! But I preferred her darker hair color

MAG on

it would be nice if this publication hired people who actually had a clue what all the big words mean before they use them. As others have mentioned, that’s not even remotely platinum blond. It’s a beautiful golden honey shade and she looks great. The writer on the other hand, looks a little foolish.

Me on

Love, love, love her- but I hate that color on her

hope on

She looks lovely.

Nerdista on

Not platinum! I don’t know why this irritates me, but it does!

Lyn on

I believe she has admitted her natural hair color is blonde. It was on the Chelsea Handler show and she talked about how it has been hard trying to get the red out of her hair. Either color I think she looks great.

anonymous on

to boo and oh so so sad. negativity makes you old and wrinkled, and u die young…adele looks gorgeous..a great improvement..they are spot on with her hair, makeup and all her new changes…and they fit her and her personality perfectly..what a winner adele is in all ways. her support people are 2. haters, get lost.

Ellie on

Adele proves over and over that you can be classy, sensual and soooo very elegant without having to show your ass and tits to the world. The hair color/cut is beautiful. Her make-up and stylist team is on point. Sometimes simple is utterly beautiful and sexy without having over do it.

These days, everything is so “overly-done” it takes away from the natural beauty. It’s almost as if we don’t know what “natural” means anymore. Everything is so over-exposed to the point I sometimes ask myself. “WHY are they even wearing clothes if they are going to have 95% of their body exposed to the public like that?” Why not just go butt naked then. LMAO.

Deb on

I think she is beautiful. This this particular picture doesn’t do her new color justice-washes her out-her new color is beautiful. Watched her on the Grammys & her hair looked gorgeous on there. She is just gorgeous and a true talent.

McG on

Adele! Oh Adele…pleaaaaaase go back to being that gorgeous strawberry blonde/reddish…sorta gal. You were HOT(TER!)

Deb on

I love Adele’s hair when it was long too. But now she look so beautiful.

sasha on

I prefer her old look. She looked more “classic” and “vintage”. This new hair color makes her appear too old, and the makeup job is horrible. She looks washed out, like a mannequin.

Darian on

That is not platinum, it is honey blonde, you genius people writer.

Peggy Smith on

She is gorgeous – but that’s not platinum blonde! Pretty color for her complexion.

Amy on

I think she looks stunning in any look and people need change once in a while…

Crystal Brock on

I LOVE Adeles’ new haircolor and style. It is absolutely beautiful as is she AND her voice! It is so wonderful to finally welcome a celebrity who is happy with herself and doesnt feel the need to change just to suit other people. Adele rocks!!

amy on

I think her hair looks fantastic and she is beautiful.

Dora Glasberg on

The colorist calls it ‘honey’ so why do you folks call it platinum – which it certainly isn’t/

katgib13 on

She looks good but she looked great with the red hair. Red isn’t as easy to pull off so you don’t see it as much. I think she looked more exotic with the red. But it’s Adele…she’s still be fabulous bald.

Tara on

man, i think salon’s are so full of s***! all the fancy talk really amounts to nothing much. it’s all just to appeal to the sheep … and i’m afraid it’s working!

Boo on

@anonymous – “haters”? Really? What are you? 12?

I’m not sure how thinking she was far more beautiful with darker hair, or how her skin isn’t the right tone for her current hair colour, makes one a “hater”, but whatever, honey.

And, no, hardly old or wrinkly here. But, again, at the age you obviously are, anything over 20 is probably “old” and “wrinkly”. Please grow up and don’t post again until you have.

Sharon on

I think Adele, her voice and her hair are fabulous.I will miss her on her hiatus, but I hope she enjoys her rest and earnings.

afrique on

not bad, she is 19yrs old, she is looking like an old woman, should have used the colour and used a different style on her, and the outfit also made her look so much older, worn an outfit that is hip and young………she reminds me a lot of bridget bardott, imagine using ideas from her hey days….

rlb237 on

She obviously still looks great, but I miss the red!

Kristi on

She wears WAY too much make-up.

Heather Giardino on

Adele would be gorgeous no matter what color her hair is! She is beautiful inside and out and you can’t deny that. (Her hair is beautiful though.) We love her!

Dee on

She looks great and the color and style brings out the clarity of her gorgeous blue eyes. I like that she doesn’t ‘fit’ what society considers the norm in beauty and style. Adele is awesome!

Karen on

I love it. Mine next please.

Guest on … seriously. Her hair is not platinum blonde. Platinum blonde is nearly white. Good grief.

Dawn on

She is absolutely gorgeous in every way ! Love her and her music.

Donna on

I much prefer her reddish locks!

Diana on

She has the whole package, a beautiful woman with an exquisite voice! Awesome!

pat on


Michele on

She is just gorgeous; I guess I didn’t realize she wasn’t previously a blonde. So happy to see her having done so well. Go, Adele!

S Miller on

yeah that is NOT platinum hair…..

Susan on

Adele, and her hair, are gorgeous. However, as stated in the article by the stylist, the color is honey blonde, not platninum (WHITE blonde), as per your headline. You should change that.

Amy on

She looks gorgeous and I also loved the red on her, but there is still red in this current color. Beautiful!

Barb on

She is beautiful:)

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dawngodsil on

i love adeles new hair its beautifull n it looks soo natural!!! she is truely amazing n has an amazing voice!!

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Karen on

I prefer her former color, and length. She had her own style and referred to her hair as ‘ginger’. And, it matched her dachshund, who is nearly always at her side. Go back to that look Adele.

cody on

it looks good but i loved her strawberry blonde long hair, it was such a unique in between color that was so her

Elisa Petras on

I love Adele, but hate to admit, I don’t like the blonde. The red hair was her. A cheeky 20 something full of laughter and life. This hairstyle and color ages her by at least 10 years, and it seems she’s turning into exactly what she said she didn’t want to be. I miss the old Adele… I have a feeling, she’ll be back.

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madge g on

Even though Adele looks great as a blonde, I think the red is more flattering for her skin tone. Her lipstick color was better with the blond hair when she sang RITD. The lighter lipstick made a bit of difference in her look with the blonde. Not so contrasting as the red lipstick. Everyone likes a change every now and then though.

Kathy on

I was really disappointed when Adele went blonde. I thought the darker color suited her perfectly, and she was so beautiful. Now she looks kind of anonymous. When she went up to accept her first Grammy, I thought she hadn’t been able to make it to the show and that someone else was accepting for her!

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