Chrissy Teigen's Blonder Locks Were Inspired by Her Childhood Hair - See the Photo!

07/17/2014 at 12:02 PM ET

Attention, all celebrities: If you’re thinking about a hair change, it appears that you can only do one of two things at the moment. Either go absolutely wild with your color (we’re looking at you, purple-haired Anna Paquin and Aimee Teegarden) or go so subtle that you require a double-take from onlookers (see: Ashley Madekwe). Chrissy Teigen, 28, just joined Team Barely Blonder.

Chrissy Teigen BlondeRichard Shotwell/Invision/AP; Paul Archuleta/GC Im

In fact, if Teigen’s stylists Jen Atkin and Tracey Cunningham hadn’t posted on Instagram about her new do, we may have missed it entirely — the lighter, more sunkissed strands seem perfectly natural on the swimsuit model. But after Atkin confirmed that “blondes ARE having more fun!” Cunningham followed up with the below snap of the sweet hair color inspiration: Teigen herself as a kid.

#beforeandafter YES @jenatkinhair #BLONDES are having more #FUN!!!! I was over at @chrissyteigen house and her mom showed me and @lizyjung a childhood picture of #chrissyteigen and I knew her #hair had to go lighter! 1) #hilights @redken5thave #upto7 with 1/4oz #olaplex and 30vol in #foils 2) #flashlift (can Lift Up to 8 levels) 40vol 1/8 of @olaplex on ends with #balayage 3) #gloss roots with #shadeseq 8n+7nb+6n 4) 9n+9nb on hairline 5) lift up hair in the shampoo bowl and rinse (you don't want anything going all over the new blonde ends!!!! #hairstyle by @jenatkinhair #makeup by @1maryphillips clothing styling by @highheelprncess #german #thai #love #ombre

A photo posted by Tracey Cunningham (@traceycunningham1) on

“Was over at @chrissyteigen house and her mom showed me and @lizyjung a childhood picture of #chrissyteigen and I knew her #hair had to go lighter!” Cunningham wrote on her “before and after” split of Teigen’s transformation.

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Teigen also seems to be part of a microtrend of celebs crediting their hair inspiration to a kid — Jessica Simpson’s wedding hair hue was matched to her daughter Maxwell’s! If you’re looking for a tress update, it might be fun to consider bringing a childhood photo of yourself (instead of a celeb or model shot) to show your colorist next time you hit the salon.

What do you think of Teigen’s lighter locks? Should she go even blonder?

–Alex Apatoff

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Hiss on

She is a moron.

Chantel Keona on

She’s so pretty and I love her hair.

PeeP on

I like the darker. Sets off her eyes.

Katie on

Chrissy was a cute kid. Too bad her features didn’t mature when she grew up. Now, her faced looks oddly smushed, like a Gremlin’s. Don’t really care about the hair either way. It’s not really blond, anyway; more like blond highlights that you’d get from hanging out in the sun at the beach. She’s still an unattractive woman, inside and out.

melissam on

My hair was lighter when I was a child, but that doesn’t mean I could pull it off now!

Ana on

I think both hair colors suit her. She didnt go to blond, so it looks good!

Guest on

Love the women stating that she’s “ugly”. I’m looking at you, Katie. She may not be your favorite person but calling her ugly is ridiculous. It shows what kind of person you are.

jennie on

cute little girl! I had golden/wheaten hair as a child, people used to staop my mom and say how beautiful my hair was. As an adult, I let it go brown, and now it has grey/silver/white in it, and I love it.

am I the only one who has noticed the facial similarities between Teigen and Legend? Cheekbones and eyes? if you look at the top halves of their faces, they would be cousins or siblings. Very interesting

Mel on


DI on

At least it’s not lilac, blue or some other circus look. She’s a pretty lady and knows how to work it without over doing it.

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