Hayden Panettiere’s New Green and Pink Hair Is Very ‘Watermelon Sugar’

Check out her juicy new look.

Hayden Panettiere at Critics' Choice Awards
(Image credit: Getty Images)

At the beginning of September, Hayden Panettiere showcased a new—and extremely sweet—look, dying her famous blonde tresses the color of bubblegum. She matched the Barbiecore ‘do with a monochromatic makeup look: pink eyeshadow, pink lips, and pink pout included. “Pink girl summer!” she wrote on Instagram at the time, prompting plenty of “pretty in pink” comments from fans.

But why stop there? 

Yesterday, the Scream star premiered an even juicier hairstyle that brings new meaning to this summer’s favorite TikTok beauty trend. Instead of touching up her blonde roots to match the rest of her locks, Panettiere went with a green hue, turning her head into a watermelon in the very best way.

“Love my new watermelon vibes up top!,” the actress captioned an Instagram post on September 19, adding a shout-out to colorist Erick Orellana from ROIL Salon in Beverly Hills. She also tagged makeup artist Janice Daoud and hairdresser Rena Calhoun, who was responsible for shaping her natural curls into soft waves.

Paired with a simple denim shirt and dainty gold nose ring, Panettiere’s hair is the obvious center of attention in the snap. While the plain pink suited her perfectly, the soft touch of rind-like green (it’s not nearly as dramatic as you might imagine) brings out the brilliance of the 34-year-old’s green eyes. 

In the past, Panettiere has typically stuck to her natural blonde color, save for a short-lived brunette stint in 2010. Still, she knows the impact a fresh style can have. 

“Chopping hair off is like getting rid of metaphorical and literal dead ends. Off with the old and growing the new,” she tweeted in 2015 when premiering a shoulder-length chop.

Obviously, that sentiment still stands. If I were Hayden, I’d be feeling particularly fresh right now.

Sophia Vilensky
Freelance Writer

Sophia Vilensky is a Freelance Beauty Writer at Marie Claire with a beauty, wellness, and entertainment journalism portfolio that includes contributions to Byrdie, Bravo, Teen Vogue, and Us Weekly. Growing up in a family of beauticians—and through her own personal studies—she developed an in-depth understanding of aesthetics, cosmetic product formulation, and beauty treatment development and has also held roles as a senior copywriter, content strategist, and proofreader for top beauty and wellness brands. Even so, you'd be hard pressed to find her with her hair and makeup actually done. Sophia is based in Minneapolis and is a 2019 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she majored in English and minored in cinema studies. During her time at the university, she was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Minnesota Daily, earning the 2019 Editor of the Year award for her work. She connected deeply with the Twin Cities arts scene, collaborating with leading beauty professionals, designers, and artists. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, her thesis—a close-reading of Vanderpump Rules—was featured on NPR. When not immersed in writing or testing new products, Sophia enjoys watching reality TV, reading, and exploring the newest woo-woo wellness trends. Keep up with her on Instagram @sophiavilensky.