Kelly Ripa is a mom, a talk show host and a wife to Mark Consuelos. Although she’s widely known for her signature blonde hair, we recently discovered that she was a brunette when she first launched her career. So, we put together a complete timeline of Kelly Ripa’s hair transformation.
Keep reading for all the details.
1991: Bangin' blonde
At the beginning of her acting career, Ripa had long blonde hair and wispy bangs that screamed Saved By the Bell.
1997: Maternity bob
Pregnant Ripa stepped out on the red carpet in 1997 with short blonde hair and dark roots. If she only knew “shadow roots” would become a major hair trend down the road…
2000: Brunette Goddess
Ripa rose in popularity when she joined Regis Philbin as co-host on Live with Regis and Kelly. The actress sported a light brown hairdo that might surprise some people. However, to All My Children fans, it’s reminiscent of Ripa’s early days as Hayley Vaughan.
2003: Signature color
Shortly after launching her talk show career, Ripa debuted her now-signature blonde hair, which fell just below her shoulders.
2008: Layers, Layers, Layers
The actress maintained the sleek style for quite some time. But it wasn’t until 2008 that she started adding layers and curls for additional texture.
2012: Long hair, don't care
In 2012, Ripa stepped out wearing her longest hairstyle to date. She styled her locks in soft curls and even added small braids near her hairline, which act as a makeshift headband.
A few years later, Ripa chopped her long locks and debuted this stunning bob. Harnessing the power of a center part, the actress used soft waves to frame her face without adding too much volume.
2017: Chopped, part 2
In 2017, Ripa was still donning a sleek bob. But instead of beachy waves, she wore her hair straight for a sleek result.
2020: Middle ground
As of today, Ripa is no longer sporting a bob. She’s rocking medium-length hair that falls just below her shoulders in soft waves.