Even though she’s known for her signature brunette strands, Lucy Hale is never afraid to switch up her hair color. From a sunny blonde shade to an on-trend rose gold hue, the Pretty Little Liars alum is all for trying out new ‘dos. But as we all know, transforming our tresses can mean a lot of upkeep and maintenance. In Hale’s case, it came down to nearly 11 hours to create.

Lucy Hale rocking signature brown hair.

Hale recently shared a selfie of her bright blonde locks, captioning it, “Blonde ambition,” and crediting her stylist, Kristin Ess. But according to Teen Vogue, Hale revealed in a series of snaps to her Instagram Stories that she’d spent a whopping 10 and a half hours with Ess, who also works with Lauren Conrad. (Photo via Michael Tran/ Stringer/ Getty)

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Ess captured a photo of the in-between look, posting to Instagram and captioning the shot, “The life of an actor can be really hard on the hair. Thank goodness she’s got the face of an angel and the patience of a saint. When going from dark brown to blonde, trust your colorist to do it at the right pace to keep your hair from snapping off.” In Hale’s case, that meant gradually lightening her shade until she reached the ideal blonde.

The Truth or Dare star is just further proof that keeping hair healthy when making major color changes is of the utmost importance. To do so, it’s best to take your time with the lightening process, incorporating plenty of hydrating treatments between sessions to steer clear of chemical-induced breakage and following up your transformation with an updated hair care routine specifically for color-treated tresses.

Would you ever spend 11 hours in the stylist’s chair for a new hair color? Let us know @BritandCo.

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