Embrace the grey! Ellen shows off her natural hair colour for the first time ever

Sep 11, 2019
Ellen DeGeneres is known for her signature blonde cropped hair do. Source: Getty.

As we age there are many aesthetic changes that we have to accept, such as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and the greying of our hair. And while we can choose to colour our hair, or tackle wrinkles with cosmetic procedures, many people find confidence in embracing their natural look. In recent years, more and more women have begun to embrace their grey hair with younger generations even opting to dye their locks in various shades of silver as a fashion statement.

Now US star Ellen DeGeneres has become the latest celebrity to embrace her roots, so to speak, as the Finding Nemo star showed off her virgin hair colour for the very first time on her television show The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday.

The 61-year-old chat show host, who is married to Australian actress Portia De Rossi, 46, revealed she was forced to shave off her signature blonde locks recently after a bad experience at the hairdresser caused her hair to fall out.

“My hair was long and then it was short and then it fell out, right out of my head. It was breaking off,” she said on yesterday’s episode of her popular show. “It was bad, it was really, really bad. My hairdresser said I needed to shave it really short so that the colour was completely out of it and I would grow new virgin hair.”

The comedian then flashed a shocking image on the screen during her show, revealing her natural brown hair, peppered with a sprinkling of grey on top, for the first time.

The 61-year-old said she had never seen her natural colour, after years of dyeing it blonde. Source: YouTube/The Ellen Show.

She added: “I had never seen my natural colour, I had been colouring my hair for so long and it was really, really short and I knew that I had to grow it out and I was going to colour it. But I got used to it. Portia liked it and a lot of people liked it.”

Ellen revealed she was planning to keep her hair that way, however a colleague named Mary convinced her to go back to blonde, adding that it took her five hours to achieve her desired look.

People were quick to comment on Ellen’s new look, with many complimenting her for showing off her virgin hair. One person wrote: “Ellen you look prettier and younger with your natural hair colour. Even if you completely shave your hair we love you for who you are Ellen.”

Another said: “I love your natural hair….love from Sri Lanka.” While another commented on YouTube: “I actually loved ellen real hair !! Wow.”

Ellen said she felt like a “marine” with her shorter locks. Source: YouTube/The Ellen Show.

Earlier this week, Ellen delighted fans of her show when she revealed what happened when she was invited to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at their home Frogmore Cottage, following the birth of their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in May. And the comedian and talk show host told her audience that she even got to hold the royal baby.

“Here’s a sentence I thought I’d never say, but I spent the afternoon with Prince Harry and Meghan,” she said. “I can’t tell you how sweet they are, but the most important thing is I got to hold Archie, little Archie. I fed Archie, I held Archie.


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