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Kelly Ripa's been working it on "Live! with Regis & Kelly" for more than a decade now, and over the years her hairstyles, makeup and fashion selections have constantly changed. One thing has remained the same, though -- Ripa's signature blond locks. And in the world of celebrity hair-color flip-flops (think Julia Roberts' or Emma Stone's red-to-blond-to-brown switcheroos), that's saying something. If your natural hair is not very dark and if your skin tone is light, you might be able to get the chic look of Ripa's locks.
Check that Ripa's color will work for you. Her light- to medium-blond hair features warm, golden undertones, which may not work on cooler skin tones. To tell if you have cool-toned skin, check the veins on your wrist -- blue veins usually mean cool skin, while green veins mean warm skin. Still unsure? Gold typically looks better on warm skin and silver on cool skin. If you have a warm skin tone, all systems are go!
See a pro if your hair is significantly darker than Kelly Ripa's. Most at-home hair dyes recommend changing hair by no more than two to three shades (for example, light brown to medium blonde), so ladies with medium or dark brown hair will require professional hair-dying help.
Take a photo of Kelly Ripa to your appointment to show the colorist if you choose to go the professional route. Explain what you like -- the base color, the highlights or the lowlights, for example. If you want to go with the at-home method, head to your local drugstore to choose a shade of permanent dye. Always consult the side of the box, not just the front image, to confirm that you'll end up with Ripa's golden tresses. Look for a dye that states it yields a multi-tonal result.
Complete an allergy test as instructed by the dye's guidelines. After waiting the allotted time, dye your hair according to the product instructions.
Treat hair with products formulated for color-treated hair from now on. Both salon and at-home dye can be very drying, especially when going lighter. To keep hair looking healthy, shampoo and conditioner for colored hair are best.