10 October 2011

Tulisa Contostavlos's Streaky Blonde Hair: Discuss.

Lunchtime has been and gone, it's nearly hometime, and here at Grazia Towers, we're STILL chattering about the X Factor (there was a LOT to discuss, y'all!). But forget the frocks and the poor, POOR evictees for a moment because our attentions have turned to Tulisa Contostavlos's hair. Case in point:

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Yes, while glued to this weekend's extravaganza, those bright blonde streaks framing her pretty face and blurring into a mass of amber-slash-brunette waves proved to be quite the distraction. It's like an upside down dip-dye, no? Sure, we admire the confidence it takes to pull off such a umm, unique style but quite honestly, opinion is fiercely divided in these here offices. 

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'This looks like the terrible accident with Sun-In we had when we were 14!' was one commenter's input followed by a shriek of 'It's three shades of awfulness!' Oh dear. Taking the debate to Grazia's Facebook page, Omoke Dugbo argued that it 'makes her look like she's going grey' while Lucy Taylor suggested that the X Factor judge must've 'got confused in the hairdressers' and opted for a mix of every colour possible. So style-setting or spinsterish, let's take a look at what – or rather WHO – has inspired the N-Dubz singer to opt for such a multi-toned look.

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The most flattering comparison that has cropped up thus far is with our beloved Carrie Bradshaw. Grazia's time machine has taken us back to Sex and the City's heady Days of Aiden (Pt. 1) when SJP's bouncy blonde curls sat on a bed of rich brunette. YUM. The difference here is that Tulisa has gone beyond the two-tone look, opting instead for three, four, or even FIVE different hues for a totally schizo barnet. Not so hot.

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Or perhaps Tu–Tu's tint is a homage to the Queen of Glossy Tresses, Jennifer Aniston? Jen landed on our telly boxes as Rachel Green with golden streaks in her locks and a shaggy bob that spawned a zillion copycats before you could say 'humbug hair'.

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Par exemple, Geri Halliwell, Christina Aguilera and seemingly every member of All Saints were avid supporters of peroxide highlights during the early Nineties and more recently, Amy Winehouse added a bleached tint to her raven beehive. Of course, Daphne Guinness' lightning bolt of silver only serves to amplify her trendsetter credentials as the cooler Cruella. And in fact, Tulisa's ombre hair may well be the latest take on the skunk streak that became so popular last year with Tavi, Kelly Osbourne and even Kate Moss jumping on the silvery bandwagon.

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So we want to hear your verdict. Are you rating or hating Tulisa's ombre hair? And who do YOU think inspired her new 'do?

- Jessica Vince


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