Posted Wed, May 4, 2011 6:00pm EDT

Blake Lively's Colorist Interview: How You Can Join The Hot Red-Hair Trend — Exclusive!

Posted Wed, May 4, 2011 6:00pm EDT

Blake and Scarlett Johannson are the latest beauties to go crimson — and the ‘Gossip Girl’ star’s color expert tells HollywoodLife.com the best way for you to go red, too!

Blake Lively went red in dramatic fashion, Scarlett Johannson took the red-hue plunge, and now here’s the inside scoop on how to get their blazing look — straight from Blake’s colorist, Rona O’Connor!

Rona created signature colors for redhead Debra Messing, brunette Brooke Shields, and now, strawberry-stranded Blake! Rona was even recently named a thisnext.com tastemaker for her excellent eye for color and her history with celebrity locks. She talks to HollywoodLife.com about Blake’s transformation — and the surprising inspiration for her new shade!

Blake’s color was not a spur-of-the-moment decision, Rona explains: “Blake wanted to do the red for the character for Hick [her upcoming film] and she asked me if we could do this. We planned it a few months ago and looked at pictures and even looked at her little niece and nephew – they’re redheads — and looked at the tones in their hair. And then I got to work and created the red shades.”

Rona calls her work with Blake “a collaboration” and gushes about how amazing the Gossip Girl star is!  “She’s beautiful inside and out,” says Rona. “She’s a sweetheart, too. Truly one of my favorite people!”

Apparently Blake is also patient — the process took about 10 hours!

Right before the Met Ball, Rona touched up Blake’s hair to make sure it would shine:  “The color that we did on Blake, we did a week ago. For the Met Ball, I just gave her a little sparkle, freshened it up with a bit of gloss.”

Here are some of Rona’s go-red tips:

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  • Test before you try: “I wouldn’t use a color without testing it first.”
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    Robyn Racine Roberts!

    Posted at 2:33 PM on June 28, 2013  

    BORING! Blake looks old, she needs an edgy chin length straight bob to make her look younger & fresher!

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    lindsey

    Posted at 5:27 PM on August 16, 2011  

    As a natural red-head, I hate that it is becoming a fad. These celebrities do not have the right to ever call themselves a red-head. It is an honor to earn that right, being as we are only 4% of the worlds population and the rarest of all hair colors.
    They did not have to go through childhood being teased for their hair, pale skin and freckles (honestly everyone has always loved my auburn hair and I got very little teasing because there were orange-red kids that got it instead) It’s a badge of honor, not bottle job.

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    Fandom

    Posted at 10:20 PM on May 5, 2011  

    yeah…and it cost $900 to get it done…at least that was the receipt that was turned into production to pay for it….but that’s just what I heard.

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