If you are one of Tanya Burr’s 3million Instagram followers you likely already know that the Youtuber-turned-actress dyed her hair blonde last year. What you might not know is how it affected her psyche.
‘It gave me a new lease of life,’ she says of her creamy blonde bob, which her stylist Samantha Cusick coloured last September. ‘I wear a lot less makeup now,’ she adds. Other than a dependency on Fudge’s Clean Blonde purple shampoo (‘I’ve tried Aveda and Kerastase, which are both really nice but I think Fudge’s is the most powerful one,’ she reveals) Tanya’s found she’s much more low-maintenance.
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'I use to not be able to leave the house without drying my hair straight and then use a curling wand religiously, but now I never put heat on my hair, except for when it's styled for events,' she says, 'When I had darker hair I was either always tanned from being away or fake tanned. I was obsessed with being in the sun, but now I'm blonde I really enjoy my natural paleness.'
It's not just her daily routine that's changed, but her sense of self. 'I didn't realise I was lacking at all, but I just suddenly feel more [confident],' she says over the phone just days before it's announced that she has split from her husband Jim Chapman.
While not her first run-in with hair dye – she recalls colouring her friend Emma's hair age 17 with a box dye from Boots that went disastrously wrong – this is her most positive experience.
With a fanbase that stretches across every social platform, it's no surprise her followers had opinions on her new 'do. 'Initially, people were like "noooo" as they get attached to my look but overall people have said that going blonde was a gamechanger for me.' Such has been the response that her hairdresser has reported that people come into the salon with her photograph saying 'I want that'.
I ask, do blondes have more fun? Emphatically she answers: 'Yes, I don't know if it's a coincidence but being blonde made me feel more comfortable in my own skin and happy.'See: More Pictures Of Tanya Burr's Hair Transformation: