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Taraji is pretty in purple

Taraji P. Henson has unveiled a dramatic new hair colour for the summer, taking her brunette locks to a bright purple shade.

The 44-year-old actress, most famous for her role as Cookie Lyon in hit US TV show Empire, unveiled the drastic change on her Instagram page earlier this week.

Taraji’s new look is in keeping with the hot pastel dye trend, and features a bright purple root fading down to a light grey.

“#playingWithColor (sic),” she captioned the shot.

Her transformation was further explained by make-up artist Ashunta Sheriff.

Referencing X-Men superhero Storm, who famously has grey hair, Ashunta wrote on Instagram: “Catching a bite with the homie aka #bosslady #Cookie @tarajiphenson loving the color created by @marciahamilton light beat by me #shadesofPurple #theModernStorm. (sic)”

Taraji has previously spoken about the importance of having healthy locks. So when it comes to her colouring, the actress will no doubt have ensured she didn’t damage her tresses by transforming the shade.

“I wrap my hair at night because that’s less heat on it everyday,” Taraji told “I’m a health w**re, for lack of a better word. I love healthy hair. I love healthy skin. I love skin that glows.”

Taraji also revealed her hair cleansing regimen in an interview with last year. She admitted to the outlet that maintaining clean locks is vital to the health of her mane.

“I love a tea tree cleansing shampoo and a good leave-in conditioner to protect it from heat,” she said.

Taraji isn’t the only famous face to have experimented with purple hair. Jessie J, Katy Perry, Kelly Osbourne and Nicole Richie have all tried out the shade.

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