Hilary Duff Shares the Surprising Inspiration Behind Her Blue-Green Hair -- and How Her 12 Tattoos Make Her a 'Gangster' (VIDEO)

03/30/2015 at 11:58 AM ET

When Hilary Duff first revealed her new greenish-blue hue, she wrote on Instagram that she had turned herself into a “mermaid.” And she revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that her ocean inspiration was way more literal than we originally thought.

Hilary Duff green hairMichael Rozman/Warner Bros.

“I’ve never done anything like this,” Duff, 27, shared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday. “I was just in Cabo with [my son Luca] and I was staring at the ocean and I was like, ‘I want that on my head.’ So, this happened.”

Speaking of Luca, 3, he has a lot of opinions on his mom’s hair. “Luca is very particular about how he likes my hair. There’s absolutely no buns on my head, no ponytails. I’ll have a ponytail and he’s like, ‘Um, hair down, mom. Hair down, please.’ At least he knows what he likes … He saw [my mermaid hair] and he’s like, ‘Is your hair green, mom?’ And I’m like, ‘That’s right, it’s green.’ And he’s like, ‘Wow.’ ”

Duff also shared that she has a surprising number of tattoos that are generally kept hidden, including a brand new “BK” tattoo reflecting the time she spent in Brooklyn, New York, filming TVLand’s Younger.

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“I have a bunch of little guys inside my arms,” she said. “I think that part of me loves tattoos and part of me doesn’t want the full commitment of getting to see them all the time. So, when my arms are down I look just like a normie and when my arms are out I look super hardcore, like a gangster.”

Because when we think “Lizzie McGuire” … we think “gangster.” Bless her heart. (You may recall that she recently said she is known to “act ghetto.” And we thought Gordo was the “hard” one on that set.)

Now that Duff’s hair has been given the Luca stamp of approval, will you be trying out the shade for spring? Or are you not yet ready to go under the sea? Share your thoughts below. 

— Amanda Michelle Steiner

Related video: Hilary Duff Isn’t the Only Star to Rock Blue Hair!

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Tammy on

I love different hair colors, but this one look awful on a very pretty woman.

Rem on

Super early mid life cisis

Jules on

Gets a divorce, has a midlife crisis. Pretty typical.

Marie on

She seems so different lately. Like a whole different person. I didn’t know she had tattoes. And that hair. Well, I guess she’s experimenting or whatever.

Carol on

Why does she let her kid have the power to decide how she wears her hair? She’s the adult, he’s a kid. When he gets to his teens, she won’t want to hear his opinions about everything she does. Crazy.

Megan on

wow the celebrity world is full of dumb people SURPRISE

Guest on

I like her but the green hair has got to go lol

Guest on

Haha your
Not having a mid life crisis at 27! A lot of people live til their 80 or older.. I would say like when you’re 40 your about mid life lol

To all those Debbie downers.

chris on

so being “gangster” and “ghetto” are not offensive to anyone and we should try to achieve this image? great role model mom.

Erin on

What a flake. I think she is having an identity crisis. Sad to see her like this.

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