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They say blondes have more fun, and Vicky Pattison is on a mission to prove that theory correct. The TV star has just undergone a stunning hair transformation, and has every intention of showing her new hue a good time.

“You know when you break up with a fella and you want to do something wild with your hair? Well, this is me breaking up with lockdown,” says Vicky, who’s gone blonde for Fudge Professional’s In The Chair Instagram series.

“I want to feel like a new woman. I want to feel sassy. When I saw the final result, I was over the moon. I can’t wait to get out and show it off.”

We were lucky enough to catch up with Vicky over Zoom to hear more about her makeover, and why she’s never felt better.

Vicky Pattison has shown off her new blonde hair
Vicky Pattison has shown off her new blonde hair (Image: Vicky Pattison/Instagram)
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Talk us through your fab new look…

Like everyone, I’ve been getting sick of seeing the same face in the mirror, day in day out, but it’s been years since I’ve done something different with my hair.

I’ve had some real colour blunders in the past, so it was imperative if I was making this big change that I had products to avoid brassiness.

I’ve got Fudge’s Clean Blonde Damage Rewind shampoo and conditioner, which means I can keep on top of orangey tones and look after my hair health without loads of expensive salon trips.

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Vicky has gone blonde and looks fabulous (Image: Fudge Professional)

Were you scared to go for such a big change?

I was excited but nervous. I’ve dyed my hair for so long I’ve forgotten what my natural colour is! We lightened it in three stages and I’ve used Fudge’s hair care all the way through, so there hasn’t been a moment when my hair felt or looked unhealthy. Otherwise I would have panicked.

Will you stay blonde now?

I didn’t know if I was just going to have a hot blonde girl summer, but now I think this could be a permanent change. I thought I wouldn’t recognise myself, but when I look at the “before” picture, that’s the me I don’t recognise. I should have done this a long time ago, but I didn’t have the confidence until now.

Vicky Pattison
Fans are used to seeing Vicky as a brunette (Image: vickypattison/Instagram)

You’ve had self-image issues before…

I spent so much of my teens and twenties not liking the way I looked. I thought if I got as thin as I possibly could it would make me happy, but it never did.

Happiness doesn’t come from a number on a scale. It comes from within. I’ve seen a real change in myself over the past couple of years, because I got so sick of my self-worth being tied to this piece of technology in my bathroom.

Now I’m embracing the real me and I want to pay it forward.

Vicky Pattison
Vicky is an ambassador for Fudge Professional (Image: Fudge Professional)

How are you doing that?

I like to paint an honest picture myself. All those years of trying to keep up this perfect image of myself on social media was draining.

Every time I got papped from an angle I didn’t like I’d be so sad because it didn’t match up with the picture I was putting out.

But then I thought, “I’m giving these people too much control” so I took it back. It’s really freeing to let your shield slip and show all sides of yourself. It’s good for your mental health, and helps others feel empowered to embrace their normal.

What have you learnt to like about the real you?

You get this sense of liberation in your 30s. You’re happy to have boobs and a bum, because you realise that’s how your body was made and you should enjoy it. You realise you don’t have to go out all the time. There are so many things I do now that I wouldn’t have done before, because I was so worried about what people thought. Don’t get me wrong, I like it when people like me, but I care more that I like myself.

Vicky Pattison and her boyfriend Ercan
Vicky Pattison and her boyfriend Ercan (Image: Vicky Pattison/Instagram)

Has your boyfriend Ercan helped you feel secure too?

I think after what I went through before [Vicky broke off her engagement to businessman John Noble after claims he cheated on her] it was always going to take a remarkable man to teach me to trust again. Ercan is wonderful and I credit him with showing me how to love again, but also really helping me to learn to love myself.

You’re also learning how to get your body back in balance…

I went to see my doctor recently because I was getting such mood swings. Even I could see what I was putting Ercan through was probably not normal. The PMS would start two weeks before my period, then I’d be on for a week, so there was only one week a month when I was normal. Ercan would come home to find me crying on the sofa, and he would say, “Baby this isn’t normal”. That was my wake-up call.

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What has your doctor said?

The first step was getting my contraceptive implant out to see if that made a difference.

I took it out two months ago and now I think my body is finding its natural rhythm again. There have been ups and downs but I’ve noticed improvements, my emotions are not nearly as heightened now.

Are you having to be careful to avoid getting pregnant?

We are being super, super careful. We are being “separate bedrooms” careful! I would love a baby in the future, but I think we’ve got enough on our plate right now.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I’d love a husband, loads of dogs, hopefully kids if I’m lucky. I don’t think I’ll ever abandon my career ambitions. I’d love to be a presenter one day, so I am just going to keep grafting away.

Vicky Pattison is leading the Fudge Professional Cooling All Blondes campaign, showcasing its range of products for EVERY blonde, including the UK’s strongest purple toning shampoo. Visit uk.fudgeprofessional.com

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