25.09.12 Beauty, Hair

Natalie Portman Goes Blonde

Natalie Portman has hit the bottle and gone blonde for an upcoming film role and there was only one woman she trusted with the job: Hollywood’s go-to colourist Tracey Cunningham.

Tracey’s client list reads like an Oscar nominations announcement with names like Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez, Emma Stone (she turned her from blonde to red and back again), Kate Beckinsale and Drew Barrymore, to name just a few.

Tracey spoke to us about how she achieved Natalie’s drastic hair transformation which she debuted on the red carpet this week at a dinner for her choreographer husband Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project in Los Angeles.

‘Natalie makes a beautiful Blonde!’ Tracey said. ‘She needed to make the change for an upcoming movie role, and using Redken’s Blonde Dimensions we achieved a gorgeous, multi-dimensional Golden Blonde.’

A big change like this requires a lot of commitment, however, and Tracey recommends sitting on it for a while before making the leap. If you do go for it, here’s her advice.

‘I always recommend colouring every six to eight weeks, but for a single-process colour, you should really do four to six weeks. Two months is just too long,’ she says.

‘You should treat your hair like you would a fine garment—you wouldn’t throw a cashmere sweater into the wash! I love sulfate-free shampoos for gentle cleansing and I recommend Redken’s Color Extend Shampoo & Conditioner to all my clients. It does an amazing job to keep your hair healthy and vibrant’

‘I’m also really into Redken’s Real Control Slim Supreme right now, which I use pre- and post-blow-out for nourishment. It’s just a really good blow-dry serum. It does everything—it gives shine and life to the hair.’

Tracey also says to invest in some styling tools: ‘Buy some hot rollers—big, big hot rollers are awesome. Everybody looks good with a blow-out.’

Credit: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

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7 Responses to Natalie Portman Goes Blonde

  1. Lou Lou November 30, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    Those waves look impeccable, how do we mere mortals achieve that look?

  2. Diva September 26, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Not gud for her skintone..

  3. Jones19 September 25, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    I know this is only for a role but I just can’t get on board with Nat as a blonde. She’s such a stunning brunette and her honey brown eyes are so well complimented by her brown hair.

    • EmmaWoodhouse September 27, 2012 at 12:18 am #


  4. Lee Ann September 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    it is hard to photograph blonde but from what i can see the colour is awful

    • Wong Hiao Hiao September 26, 2012 at 3:29 am #

      +1. She needs another colour job, fast.

  5. J September 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    I actually think the color is not right for her skin tone. And the chunky highlights wouldnt help anyone

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