10 Celebrity Redheads Who Aren't Natural Redheads

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Two days ago, Grace Coddington, the creative director of Vogue, posted an illustration on Instagram with the caption: "Thanks to my friend Louis Licari, I am a 'natural' redhead! #confession." Obviously, this got the beauty skeptics/investigative journalists in us wondering — and basically questioning everything we've ever known to be true: Is Grace, one of the most notable redheads in the industry, not actually a natural redhead? Is this real life? What's next? Is coconut oil not all it's cracked up to be? The jury's still out on the last one, but the former is, indeed, real life.

Coddington's trademark fiery hair is, in fact, the work of a very talented colorist — Louis Licari. Licari tells us that, while Coddington's hair was red when he first met her, it's not her natural hue (cue the sobs). "Her hair color was less than perfect when she first [sat] in my chair, so we started out correcting it," Licari says of Coddington's first visit to his salon over 20 years ago. "The process was a bit long and tedious. Grace was a champ."

Turns out, Coddington isn't the first big name — and surely won't be the last — to join the faux-ginger club. There's a slew of ladies and gents who have strayed from their au naturel hues. And why shouldn't they? While red is a tough color to maintain, it's an automatic conversation-starter.

If you're thinking of going the red route, keep in mind that the hue isn't for the faint of heart, advises Licari. Some things to consider: "Make sure you have the right complexion. If you have sallow skin, red is almost always a major faux pas," says Licari. "Make sure you're not shy — redheads are always noticed." Also, clear your schedule for frequent trips to the salon. "Red hair is the most fugitive; it literally changes from shampoo to shampoo," he says. "It usually needs to be refreshed often to keep the color constant."

For some inspiration, we rounded up 10 celebrities who ditched their natural colors and went red (if only temporarily, in some cases). You might never see red the same way again.
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We recognize some industry giants by their signature looks. There's Anna Wintour's blunt bob, André Leon Talley's caftans, and Grace Coddington's bright-red hair. Though we now know her color's provenance, Grace will always remain one of our favorite redheads.
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Emma Stone came to the acting scene with red hair in Superbad, but she dyed it back to her born-with-it blonde color for her role in The Amazing Spider-Man. "My natural hair is blonde, so it's kind of nice," Stone said in an interview with MTV. "I looked in the mirror and said, 'Oh my God, it's me again! It's been so long!'"
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Cynthia Nixon was a redhead for her six-year run as Miranda on Sex and the City. While the character's son Brady got the red "gene" on the show, Nixon was born blonde.
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Molly Ringwald reportedly dyed her hair after an agent advised her that it was a good way to get attention in the film industry. It clearly worked — she stuck with the vibrant shade throughout her mega-stardom during the '80s.
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Brittany Snow went from blonde to red for her turn in Pitch Perfect. Though she's since gone back to the light side, her brief flirtation with the color was pretty aca-mazing.
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Try to picture Joan from Mad Men without her signature red hair. Pretty hard, right? Well, it turns out Christina Hendricks is a natural blonde (she even has the lawsuit to back it up).
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This one time (maybe at band camp, who knows), Alyson Hannigan dyed her brunette locks red for her role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "Joss [Whedon] had us all over to his house," she told PopSugar back in 2011. "Charisma [Carpenter] and Sarah [Michelle Gellar] and I all had brown hair at the time. Joss said, 'All of your hair is kind of the same shade. Does anyone want to be red?' I went for it."
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Lucille Ball's bright hair was basically a character of its own on I Love Lucy. Do we think Ricky would love Lucy just the same without the hue? Probably, but we like to think it played a teeny-tiny part.
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Actress Deborah Ann Woll — who played a blood-sucking, redheaded vampire on True Blood — has been dyeing her hair since her teenage years. "As a fair-skinned blonde, I disappeared into the background," Woll told Elle in 2009. "I've always been a loner, so I suppose dyeing my hair red was a way to say, 'I'm here, I exist, I'm a human being, and you can't just push me aside.'"

Her color, believe it or not, was the result of L'Oréal Excellence Creme in Reddish Blond, which will only set you back $10.
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Born a strawberry-blonde, Amy Adams began to see more career success after her switch to red. She debuted the new hair for a part in the TV show Dr. Vegas, and shortly after booked her breakthrough role in Junebug. "It really changed things up. People began to see me in a different way, for different roles," she said in an interview with Backstage. "I don't know if I can give credit to just the hair color, but maybe it did help people see me past blonde."
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