Mandy Moore went blonde for Garnier: cute or doesn’t suit her?

— People (@people) May 19, 2021

Mandy Moore is a blonde! Again. Mandy decided to return to her former honeyed tones. The new mom thought with things likely opening over the summer, it would be nice to reenter society with a fresh new look. But since things aren’t completely open yet, Mandy did the deed herself, purchasing some affordable hair color and reaching out to her stylist for tips on how not to muck it up.

Mandy Moore is welcoming the change with a fresh new look.

The singer and actress went back to her roots (she’s a natural blonde!), by debuting her lighter, blonder strands exclusively with PEOPLE.

“I’ve been longing for some much needed change,” says the new mom, who welcomed son August Harrison with husband Taylor Goldsmith on Feb. 20. “It really felt like now was the perfect time to do something different, with the world seemingly opening back up again… normal feels like it’s really right around the corner.”

But she didn’t let go of every quarantine habit just yet. The star actually dyed her own blonde locks herself with a little help from her favorite Garnier Nutrisse hair products and tips from her trusted celebrity hairstylist Nikki Lee.

Moore’s not only ushering in change in her everyday life, but her professional career as well.

Last week, This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman confirmed the beloved NBC drama will end with season 6 in 2022. (The Emmy winner teases she’ll wear a wig for the final season because she’s “really excited” to keep this hair color for as long as she can.)

“With this new chapter of my life, it just felt like the right time for a hair change,” the star, who describes her blonde hue as “bright” and summer sunshine-inspired says. “The color feels indicative of how exciting and hopeful people are.”

“That’s the fun part that I have found in my sort of personal journey as a woman. I love being able to express myself through fashion and different hair colors and hairstyles. It’s just so thrilling to be able to lean into whatever change feels right at any given time.”

[From People]

So what do we think? I think it’s cute. My first impression was that she looks like she’s from two different parts of the US with the brown vs. blonde. I think Mandy and I have similar coloring. I was born a blonde but have gotten darker as I aged. Even though I think I have medium brown hair, stylists all tell me I am still in the blonde, albeit dark blonde, classification. Maybe Mandy is the same. I think she could have gone a shade darker but if her intent was change, then I can see why she went with this. It’s fun, she’ll enjoy it. And she’s due with the pandemic ending, job over, new baby – that’s a whole lot of change. Might as well embody it. Now that Mandy’s a blonde, do we all get younger if she sings while she brushes it? (Rapunzel reference, y’all.)

The part I did not put in the excerpt is spon-con about the dye (Garnier Nutrisse) and where she bought it among with some other links. But if you are thinking about dyeing your hair at home, you should read the article because there are some good tips. Apparently, the dye’s website has a questionnaire that helps you select shade. Plus her stylist Nikki gives some tips on technique, like buying two boxes of dye to make sure you don’t run out and letting the dye sit for a full 30 minutes to lift her brunette base. I thought it was interesting. Anyway, good for Mandy. It’s the perfect time to try something like this and I hope she enjoys her new ‘do.

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