Nicole Richie on Her Purple Hair: It Feels No Different than When I Was Blonde

05/01/2014 at 12:15 PM ET

Nicole Richie purple hairCharles Sykes/Invision/AP

We’ve had a few weeks to get used to Nicole Richie‘s purple hair, and now we have to admit, it totally suits the star. Honestly, the style and beauty risk-taker can pull off just about anything, but when we caught up with her at the AOL Newfronts, we were curious if she’s as used to her lavender tresses as we are.

“Surprisingly, it feels like having blonde hair,” Richie told PEOPLE. “My colorist Danny Moon, when I talked to him about it, he said, ‘I’m telling you, you’re not going to feel that different. Having purple hair has the same hue as having blonde hair, and you’re not going to feel that different.’ And he was actually right.”

Purple hair enthusiasts should not get too attached to her vibrant shade. Richie might be changing it up before summer. “You know what — I didn’t even know I was going to have purple hair until two days before I had it so it’s hard for me to say if I’m going to have it for summer or not. But we’ll see.”

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Richie was at the Newfronts promoting her web series #CandidlyNicole, which has sparked her new VH1 unscripted series by the same name. And she said that interaction from her fans on social media — her Twitter was voted by Time as one of the best celebrity accounts of 2013 — is key to the show’s success.

“When we choose the episodes, we go on my Twitter and we see what people are really responding to, what people want to know more about or dive into,” she explained. “The show is not me, telling people, ‘You have to listen to me, I know everything about everything.’ It’s me saying, ‘I have no idea about anything, and I don’t think you do either and let’s just go on this journey together because it’s just fun. And let’s learn about these things and laugh at the same time.'”

Maybe she’ll try another big hair change on her show. Can we get that started on Twitter? What should Richie do next? Do you like her purple hair? Tell us in the comments.

–Brittany Talarico, with reporting by Emma Tyler

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Susan on

Absolutely nothing flattering about that…….

Captain Obvious on

It doesn’t feel different?? No $hit. It’s hair, not a brain transplant.

Lyn on

The purple hair color makes her look like an old lady!

tracy on

I actually think Nicole grew up to be a decent person … glad to see she grew out of Paris Hilton. Although I don’t dislike her, I don’t like her hair. And her comment sounds crazy – her hair is bright, wig-like purple! Blonde is just so tame by comparison. As for her right to do it – if she likes it, all the power to her.

Megan on

You FEEL nothing different, but you LOOK like a rodeo clown…

cb on

that color is pitiful ! i dont like kelly osborne’s either. what is wrong with having normal hair color ? they are not teenagers anymore……..way past that.

Kate on

May not feel different but you look like Dame Edna.

mrsmass on

We’re still talking about this?

46yearoldmom on


Lynda on

I think the purple hair makes her look very old. I like her best as a blond.

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