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Christina Hendricks recalls early hair-dye days

Christina Hendricks enjoyed "experimenting" with fashion and beauty when she was growing up.

The 39-year-old is best known for her role as Joan Harris in AMC series Mad Men. Her flame-red locks and retro outfits made Christina a style icon both on and off screen, but she admits that in real life, she has always played around with her look more than her alter-ego. This is, in part, thanks to her mother's laidback nature.

"She [Joan] knows what suits her and doesn't stray from that. I'm more experimental and like trying new things," she revealed to the British edition of Marie Claire. "I started dyeing my hair when I was ten. That's when I first tried out red - usually semi-permanent dyes that rinse out in a few days. Luckily my mom just let me experiment - she was a cool mom."

Her love of switching up her appearance didn't fade as she moved into her teens. And while she channels an English Rose look now, she did go through a Goth phase in her younger years.

"A big part of that was experimenting with fashion and beauty," she recalled. "At high school I shaved my hair at the back, and it was super short on top. I waited as long as I could, then I turned it into a pixie cut."

However, Christina wasn't impressed with her lack of tresses and found it more work than when she had a long 'do.

"With longer hair you can just wake up, wash it and go," she added. "With the pixie cut I had to style it every single day. I learned from that mistake!"

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