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Leighton Meester Shocked Us All with Her New Platinum Blonde Hair

We've never seen the Gossip Girl star like this before. 

By Adele Chapin
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This hair transformation might make you do a double-take: Leighton Meester, whose headband-wearing character Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl is one of the ultimate iconic brunettes, is now a blonde. And she's not just any blonde — her new shade is an icy platinum blonde. 

“With Leighton’s very fairy-like features, I wanted a softer platinum that would complement her features, and not take over,” colorist Aura Friedman at the Nexxus New York Hair Salon, who was responsible for the hair transformation, said of the look. The actress wanted something completely different than her normal look, and it took a seven-hour bleaching session to lighten her hair to the exact shade she wanted. Meester said: “I love trying different looks and playing around with my hair. But, that means it goes through so much damage, especially when I’m at work. So it is important that I keeping my hair looking and feeling healthy.”  

Here's Meester's first platinum selfie, or her "blonde moment," as she puts it:

Note to all the platinum blondes out there: Meester swears by Nexxus Keraphix Masque and Nexxus Keraphix Reconstructing Protein Treatment to keep her new blonde hair healthy from root to ends. 

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