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

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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  1. Sinéad says:

    This does not suit! She’s beautiful but this ages her so much and neutralised her facial features too.

  2. Darla says:

    I like it. I went blonde myself recently. Same reasons, coming out of isolation, wanting a change. I love it. I went to a salon though.

    • surf says:

      Personal grow out is a nice ash brown, I love it. Haven’t had natural hair since sun-in was invented in 1979. I keep thinking I need bright blonde hair for roaring 20′s attention, but feel I’ve achieved something w all natural?

  3. Katia says:

    I think she looks better as a brunette but if she wanted a change, so be it…

  4. HufflepuffLizLemon says:

    My hair is extremely dark, so I have it professionally balayaged, but I do touch up my roots. There are so many good guide videos from professionals on YouTube-I also love Brad Mondo’s what not to do commentary. I use Moroccan Oil’s tinted conditioner over my balayage to add colorful streaks (rose gold, blue, purple, etc) and his videos really gave me some guidelines.
    I don’t think I would try lifting my hair at home out of terror that I would lose inches, but good for her. She is adorable.

  5. Oh_Hey says:

    Is it just me or does it look slightly pink? Like maybe there’s some brassy bits she missed and the light just hit it wrong.
    I love Mandy and I’ll be back when she’s brown again.

    • EMc says:

      Not just you! I thought the headline would read she died her hair pink, and then I read blonde and did a double take. It def has a pinkish hue to it.

  6. Lara says:

    It’s not a great color. The blonde shade she had during her Candy years was much better

  7. Noki says:

    I remember she was the lesser known blondes that they were trying to invent into another Britney along side Xtina and Jessica Simpson. Better off as a brunette.

  8. SusanRagain says:

    I vote this is the wrong shade for her. It does look a little pink to me too.

  9. KatianaD says:

    She looks good either way. How can I get those huge waves she has as a blonde? (Also seen in Emily in Paris)

    • MaggieMcG says:

      Get a large (1-1.5″) curling wand! I have a ceramic one from Remington that I love.

  10. Nina says:

    I’m a hairstylist and there is no way in god’s green earth that is box color. I’ll eat my hat is she did that herself with a drugstore box of color.

    • Sarah says:

      I was about to say the same! You cannot go from the dark brown she had to this level of blond without professional help, and certainly not from a random box of Garnier. This drives me crazy, I’ve done SO MANY color corrections throughout the years on women who tried this and the end result is always the same: burnt orange, brassy, fried hair that In no way resembles the cool creamy blond they were seeking. Leave it to the professionals y’all!

    • lucy2 says:

      I thought the same thing (not a hairstylist).
      She’s beautiful and looks good with anything, though I think the darker hair suits her. But a change for summer can be kind of fun. I thought it was a weird thing for People to do an article about, but it’s really more of an ad.

    • Tanya says:

      Nina, I’m with you. I’m so skeptical when celebrities endorse drugstore products. This is basically just an advertisement for Garnier—no different than a TV commercial where everything is fake. Like, come on, does anyone think Jennifer Aniston uses Aveeno products in her regular life. LMFAO

      • Brandy Alexander says:

        I agree with your point generally. But honestly, have you ever used Aveeno products? Because they are the ONLY thing that ever keeps my bad eczema under control. So, I do actually believe Jennifer might use them, because they are way better than the expensive stuff I’ve used in the past. But yeah, that’s not a home dye job at all.

  11. Susan says:

    I think she looks great as a blonde, but I’m not the biggest fan of this shade specifically. She’s one of those people that can pull off many colors IMO and I’m jealous.

  12. SM says:

    I think she probably looks better brunette, but I can also understand the girl’s urge to mix it up on the looks departament, so it’s not bad, the colour is actually very nice, layered and not reddish. I am sure this is a temporary change though. So why not. However, as per comment above, I doubt this came out of the dying a home using a boxed colouring product. If indeed she had some process that allowed for that change other than simply putting pre mixed colour on her head, that is as misleading as irresponsible. As someone may try this and get absolutely different result. Usually brunettes have to really struggle to get the blond without a shade of red.

  13. Maria says:

    I thought it was an open secret that for literally every box dye commercial the color of the models’ hair is always professionally done.
    I think she looks pretty but a paler cooler blonde would have worked better.
    My hair is copper and have been getting it done for years. If I tried it at home I would ruin it, lol.

    • AMA1977 says:

      Exactly, there’s some “truth in advertising” rule that requires that one strand of the hair be treated with the product they’re advertising, but they are all getting professional color.

      Same thing with the drugstore mascara ads that all say in teeny-tiny disclaimer print “lash extensions featured” or whatever. It’s all smoke and mirrors. I wear L’Oreal mascara because it’s readily available at the places I go (read: Target and the grocery store. I miss the pre-kids Vincent Longo days, nothing ever gave me better looking lashes…) and cheap so I can replace it every other month, but I don’t kid myself into thinking it looks like I had a makeup artist give me individual false lashes or anything, lol.

  14. Victoria says:

    I think she looks great. Unlike Brit she was a natural blonde. She can pull off anything. Mandy deserved more recognition. She is a very talented singer and can sing her sss off live. I preferred her over Britney.

  15. Case says:

    This shade really doesn’t suit her. It washes her out and blends in with her skin. And agreed with everyone saying there’s NO WAY this is a box color she did herself. I have dyed dark brown hair and have grown the color out during COVID because it was impossible to even professionally get it the lighter shade I want without bleaching it or verrrrrry slowly going a tiny bit lighter each time. It’s a very annoying process.

  16. nicegirl says:

    I’m in love with her citrusy dress! I’m always changing up my hair color. I like to play with color more than cut/style (too many mishaps w scissors).

  17. Lila says:

    Yikes. That shade looks half blonde/half pink. It’s a better ad for going to a stylist than it is for coloring at home!

  18. karelli says:

    Don’t believe any of it . Cannot understand how she could go from brunette to blonde in 30 minutes with box dye since there is no way she’s got virgin hair. She would’ve turn brass orange AT BEST.

  19. Nikki* says:

    I like her rich, warm brown much better; I think it suits her coloring better. But it’s just hair, so have fun!

  20. Bella says:

    I don’t like it as it looks pink/brassy. She used to be blonde when she first started out and that color was great on her.

  21. Julia K says:

    Love it. Summer blond looks so nice on her. Both my daughters are summer blonds, they were blonds as children but darkened as they got older. Time for some fun! So what if it doesn’t work out. Hair grows.

  22. FRED says:

    Mandy Moore looked good as a blonde back in her “Candy” days (although I like the brunette better), but this is a weird blonde.

  23. Züri says:

    The color definitely doesn’t suit her and I agree with all of the comments about this being a professional job. That said, I’m not convinced this is her hair. She just posted an Instagram story with a much prettier, more golden blonde shade that has a lot of dimension, unlike this Garnier job.

  24. Melanie Anne Smith says:

    I use to love Mandy Moore growing up and was always a big fan of Blonde Mandy.

    And I never understood why She loved the brown hair so much given that She never really stuck out that much in Hollywood with it,

    But yeah I am glad to see Mandy finally going back to Her roots.