April 23, 2024

Paramore’s Hayley Williams is conscious of firsthand that not every hair shade combo is a winner.

Early in her career, the star had made a splash with a signature orange-red hair shade and was ready for a change — and the place larger to do that than on a big stage?

Williams, now 34, was prepping for her band’s huge debut at Jingle Ball in New York in 2008, and she or he decided top-of-the-line methods to point out heads might be to walk out with a brand-new, sudden hair shade.

She turned to her hairstylist and buddy Brian O’Connor — who’s now her enterprise affiliate in hair shade mannequin Good Dye Youthful — for a model new ‘do.


Hayley Williams in 2008.

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“I bought right here to him, and I was like, ‘Brian, I would love purple hair with orange bangs,'” Williams tells PEOPLE utterly at an event celebrating Good Dye Youthful’s launch in Ulta outlets. “It was correct sooner than our very first Jingle Ball, the band was merely starting to be carried out on the radio, points are happening.”

Williams remembers that on the time, she had grown to “resent” the viral orange “Misery Enterprise” hair shade that she’d flip into acknowledged for and was ready for a change.

“I needed to change it up on them!” she says of wanting to supply the followers one factor new. “Nevertheless the purple bought right here out on me so darkish, and my pores and pores and skin couldn’t take care of it. I regarded like a corpse that yr at Jingle Ball. We mourned that for a bit.”

Though she was burned by which have, time, experimentation and some non-public improvement has taught her that she’s going to nonetheless experiment and she wouldn’t have to on a regular basis be working away from that look that she has flip into so synonymous with.

“Just because I’m in Paramore and just because people know me as one factor, doesn’t indicate I can’t nonetheless change and be who I want to be,” she says. “Blonde has actually flip into a favorite. Bleach blonde! Sooner than this tour, I knowledgeable Brian I was ready to do that. I was nonetheless OK with some orange to have some pleasant, nevertheless I wanted blonde.”

The consequence was a very bleached look with solely a hint of orange on the tips to hearken once more to the hairstyle that start all of it.


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