Christina Aguilera brought it back to 2002 with her new hair color


Over the past year, chunky locks and 2000s highlights are back with a vengeance, like Avril Lavigne sporting colored raccoon hair and Miley Cyrus sporting black highlights in her platinum hair. Other high-contrast two-tone hair trends have also been circulating the beauty space over the past few years, paving the way for a complete revival of skunk stripes. Now, original Y2K icon Christina Aguilera has endorsed the revival, reclaiming her “Dirrty”-era black highlights in her bleached-blonde hair.

Christina posted her new version of her new throwback hairstyle yesterday on Instagram with the caption “Ready for you @starlitefestival 💫.” Performing at the Starlite Festival, a month-long musical and cultural event held in Cantera de Nagüeles, Marbella. The hair was styled by celebrity hairstylist Iggy Rosales who also posted a preview of the hair before the show, sharing that the iconic retro look was created using Hidden Crown extensions. Now the black locks are finer and more subtle in the singer’s extra long locks. Christina’s cat eye makeup was created by famed makeup artist Etienne Ortega. The overall effect is 2002 modernized for 2022.

Aguilera in 2002Dave Hogan/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Aguilera in 2002Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Christina rocked some big dark lights for her Dirrty music video, released in 2002. It went on to become her signature look for years afterward, making the hall of fame of the moment beauty and created by thousands of people each year for Halloween, including Kylie Jenner in 2016. The star also dabbled in red lowlights during her 2000 boom and experimented with mixing different colored extensions. More recently, Christina has alternated between fiery red hair and her signature bleached blonde look.

As Christina’s latest hair adventure steps into familiar high-contrast lowlight territory, her new look is more subtle, with thinner pieces instead of her original chunky locks. The look also features an updated hairstyle with a sleek half-up, half-down ponytail, showing a balance between nostalgia and current trends. All in all, Christina shows us all how she’s still the reigning queen of Y2K beauty aesthetics and has given her thumbs up to the lowlight revival for the rest of us.


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