Olivia Wilde got a blonde bob with dark roots: cute or doesn’t suit her?

Above is a photo of Olivia Wilde, 32, speaking at a Martin Luther King event last month. She has dark longish brown hair with highlights, but this is actually shorter than her hair was before. Around December, after the orange one was elected, Wilde cut her hair a couple of inches and captioned her Instagram #nomoremelaniahair. As Kaiser wrote at the time, a lot of women have been getting haircuts following the election and we’re expressing our rage in new shorter styles and different colors.

This time Wilde has gone even more dramatic, getting a bob and dyeing her hair blonde with dark roots. Here’s her new ‘do from the side:

Oh what's up, BLONDE LIFE 🤘

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And here’s her hair from the front. She premiered the new style at a Tiffany’s event where she ran into Kate Mara and realized they had the same cut and color. I don’t know how I feel about Olivia’s 80s power suit with the shoulder pads. I don’t think that look should be coming back. I’m cool with the 90s revival though.

Sarah Paulson used to have dark roots with her blonde hair but she recently went dark for awards season. Evan Rachel Wood has this same two-color look and she also has the same cut as Paulson, which is much shorter and asymmetric. I’ve mentioned here that I want to cut my hair but I am too chicken to go much shorter and I like to do a ponytail. I went for a strawberry blonde color and asked my colorist to give me Jessica Chastain’s current color. He got the color spot on and I like it a lot. It’s like a compromise between the blonde hair I used to have and the darker red I switched to, which faded so quickly.

As for whether this suits Wilde, I don’t think it does. I barely recognize her with blonde hair! She looks very cute but it’s such a dramatic change. That’s what I’m afraid of for myself.

If you look at photos of Wilde at the Women’s March, she had already gone a bit blonder at that point. This is a nice color for her actually.

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  1. QQ says:

    Makes her look more brie Larsonny

  2. M says:

    I thought it was Amber Heard in the first Instagram pic. Prefer Olivia with darker hair

    • andrea says:

      I was thinking the same thing. She reminds me of Amber Heard.

    • Esmom says:

      I thought the same thing! But she looks great, I think it’s fun and a nice change. She could wear any hairstyle and still look lovely, imo.

      • Jo says:

        I agree, it looks fun, and she looks like she’s having fun with it. Not like she can’t change it back later – it’s only hair FFS, it keeps growing you know…

    • lucy2 says:

      Me too. i like the cut but the color not as much. She has strong features that work better with darker hair, IMO.

  3. Snowflake says:

    I was prepared to say i didnt like it, but i do. I like the cut, but it does wash her out, like blonde does on a lot of people. If you’re pale, a lot of times darker is better, gives some color to your skin and contrast

    • Nancy says:

      My exact thoughts. At first I was oh no, then all of a sudden, I changed my mind and she looked gorgeous. For whatever reason, she is my girl crush, she and Vera Vermiga who are pretty much polar opposites. Whateves, she looks fab. *my all time fave beauty was Natalie Wood, she had me in Splendor In The Grass…and even though they don’t look alike, Olivia reminds of Natalie.*

  4. Daisy says:

    The cut is amazing, the color not so much. She looks best as a dark brunette. Blonde with roots that dark looks bad on everyone. The bob is really nice.

    • G says:

      My thoughts too. But then I love a bob, and have one myself. The dye job and the styling are giving me Kristen Stewart vibes. Which is not a good thing, in my book.

  5. Slowsnow says:

    She’s having fun with her style, looks happy, good for her.

  6. Needlehole says:

    She looks far better with her previous colour & style. Not a fan of this new look at all.

  7. Happy21 says:

    The first pic angled from the side YES, the front angle a big ole NO!
    She’s not cool or edgy and the hair just doesn’t suit her in my opinion.

  8. Tiffany :) says:

    I think she looks great with really any color of hair, but I’m not a fan of the dark roots.

  9. laulau says:

    the dark roots/ blond hair kind of gives the impression of balding, like your eye just goes to the blond part, which gives an odd illusion.
    Olivia is so pretty tho, she could probably rock the hair loss look.

  10. Katherine says:

    She looks so much like Evan Rachel Wood- hottie!

  11. Lucy says:

    It’s striking and fun, definitely suits her. I like the picture of her with Kate.

  12. Mel says:

    I though she looked like Margot Robbie in the side pic.
    It’s her hair, she can do whatever she wants with it *shrug*
    I personally don’t like roots, for myself anyway.
    With a face like hers though, she can get away with anything!

  13. NotSoSocialButterfy says:

    I like the cut, and the roots wouldn’t be bad if she had gotten the right shade of blond, whatever that shade may be, certainly not this one.

  14. Adele Dazeem says:

    Because I am such an arbiter of high style (sarcasm) I can report that according to the hair blog fashion insiders, the dark roots and blonde hairs trend is ‘out’ for 2017. You’re welcome.

    **As I brush my 2000s era straight boring brown hair. Lol.

  15. Cass says:

    Not familiar with her acting but admire how she speaks her mind gets involved and sticks her neck out for causes she supports

  16. Valois says:

    I don’t like it at all. Her roots look way to dark for that shade of blonde.

  17. Rocio says:

    LOVE IT! I’m all about bobs right now. I might get one soon. Mine is below the shoulders and I cannot wait to rock a bob (blonde too)!

  18. littlemissnaughty says:

    I love it, I would so wear my hair like that at least once but even a too-light brown makes me look green-ish. My “Greek complexion” can’t pull it off. God, to be blond just once! Well, at least I can wear reds and even purple-ish colors without looking like a clown

  19. Blackcat says:

    Olivia’s hair looks awful. Mara has a slightly different cut and color, which looks good on her.

    Will take Terri Dunn all day long though.


  20. Anilehcim says:

    Personally I think the blonde hair with dark roots trend is really unattractive, though I’m sure if you’re someone who dyes your hair blonde, it’s so much easier than worrying about your roots constantly. No shade intended though, to each her own.

    I think Olivia’s hair looks awful in this picture… mostly because it looks dirty at the roots and the blonde hair looks like straw from being over processed. I also don’t think that color flatters her at all. I’m really into the short hair trend going on right now… especially when it’s styled a little “messier” for lack of a better way to put it.

  21. ash says:

    am i the only one who thinks it may be breakup or turmoil hair???

    • TJ says:

      She will start to shoot a movie(A Vigalante) this month, probably she cut it and change the color too because of that role.

  22. nikzilla37 says:

    I’m not into this dark roots showing look. Madonna and Lady Gaga also have it. It looks super undone to me but maybe that’s what they are going for?

  23. Antigone says:

    I think she’s gorgeous but I really don’t like the blonde hair with dark roots look. The bob is cute, though.

  24. Ari says:

    I adore it

  25. Cinderella says:

    They say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  26. Katherine says:

    I might agree this does not necessarily *suit* her but if you know something about her, this feels so HER, who she is