Dua Lipa Just Debuted Dark Cherry Red Hair

It’s giving Ginger Spice.

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It’s been the year of Barbie, which also means it’s been the year of Dua Lipa—not that it hasn’t been the year of Dua Lipa since she came onto the scene with “Last Dance” in 2016. Over the course of her just-beginning career, the 28-year-old singer has proven time and time again that she can’t miss. From dishing out songs of the summer every summer to consistently killing it on the red carpet, it’s always exciting to see what’s on the horizon for the superstar.

So, when the “One Kiss” singer wiped her beauty inspo-filled Instagram clean a few days ago, fans were quick to take note. Could it mean a third album was on the way? Or had she declared social media officially over? Luckily, we didn’t have to wait long to find out. On Thursday, October 12, the Grammy winner returned to the platform with a single snapshot. Captioned “miss me?,” the photo showed Dua Lipa laying on the floor, her locks splayed out all around her and dyed a deep, dark red color.

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Although she’s gone a brighter magenta in the past, the dark red hue is pretty unexpected for Lipa, who is known for her silky, brunette locks. Paired with a red, white, and blue top, the look immediately reminded me of Ginger Spice’s famous red hair/Union Jack dress combo. And because her cherry cola hair rightfully stole the show, the Albanian-born songwriter kept her makeup simple with clean skin, brushed brows, and a slight frosted lip. Posing with her arms wrapped around herself, you could also see a tiny glimpse of a white manicure.

While Lipa didn’t exactly comment on her new hair, others certainly had something to say about it. As notes about the red and excitement for a potential third album poured in from fans (“we love you ginger girl!”), some celebrities also joined the welcome-back-to-Instagram committee in the comments. “Ohhhh yes,” commented Donatella Versace with red heart and flame emojis. Fire indeed.

Freelance Writer

Sophia Vilensky is a freelance beauty writer at Marie Claire, where she writes about the latest and greatest skincare launches, hair colors, and Cardi B manicures. Her work can also be found at Byrdie, Bravo, and Us Weekly. You can find her on Instagram @sophiavilensky.