Good Hair Color vs. Bad Hair Color

Even with world-class colorists at hand, Hollywood glamour girls still make wacky choices. Here, the fab, the drab, and the remedies.

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E. Agostini
Good Hues, Bad Hues
Brassy. Insider info: If you're a frequent color client, like Nicole Richie, your fragile strands risk major damage transitioning from light to dark too quickly. Advises celebrity colorist Rita Hazan: Don an in-between red for a few weeks.
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Gregg DeGuire
Good Hues, Bad Hues
Classy. Whether she's legally blonde or brunette is moot — she flirts with both. Which is exactly why Richie briefly went red.
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Jeff Vespa
Good Hues, Bad Hues
Fab. Cameron Diaz's famous icy blues pop with both blonde and black tresses, but her skin glows more when she's goldie-locked.
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Steve Granitz
Good Hues, Bad Hues
Drab. Insider info: Dyed-black hair can be striking — but also unforgiving when it comes to skin imperfections like breakouts, fine lines, and dark circles. To soften the look, ask for a multitonal brown or a few highlights.
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S. Granitz
Good Hues, Bad Hues
Fab. Yes, her music's gotten more serious lately, but Natalie Maines's looks are lovelier when she lightens up.
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Steve Granitz
Good Hues, Bad Hues
Drab. Insider info: Unfair advantage: Blonde strands can turn a curvy woman into a bombshell, while darker shades say the lady is a frump.
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Jean Baptiste Lacroix
Good Hues, Bad Hues
Fab. Mandy Moore, lucky girl, can pull off myriad hues. But while the chocolate brown is sweet on her, the rusty version's an acquired taste.
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Lester Cohen
Good Hues, Bad Hues
Drab. Insider info: Red hair is a risk unless your skin has pink under-tones. Complexion-wise, Moore's literally a golden girl, so red and her skin clash, says Hazan.
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Jamie McCarthy
Good Hues, Bad Hues
Classy. Pop star Ashlee Simpson's better off warm and beachy — as opposed to just bleachy.
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S. Granitz
Good Hues, Bad Hues
Brassy. Insider info: If you're fair-skinned, platinum strands can wash you out, says Hazan. Case in point: Simpson had to compensate for her hair's skin-sallowing effect with dark eye makeup and piles of bronzer. (And who wants to be that high-maintenance?)
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