EastEnders star Shona McGarty has switched up her hair and WOW

It really suits her 😍


by Samantha Price |
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EastEnders' Shona McGarty has had a number of iconic looks during her time in Albert Square as Whitney Dean. We'll never forget her first entrance to the Square with dark hair and signature side ponytail, in more recent years, though, she's been known for her bright red hair.

However, the actress shocked fans after posting a teaser of her transformation for the upcoming Eastenders special on her Instagram. Looking totally unrecognisable, this iconic look pays homage to the legendary Britney Spears while showing off her new babein' blonde tresses.

And the Whitney Spears makeover has appeared to go down a treat with fans, with comments about the new look taking over her Instagram. It's safe to say Shona's blonde hair definitely made an impression on EastEnders enthusiasts, with the majority desperate for the blonde to stay.

'Blonde suits you...Time for a change? Ditch the red and bet on blonde πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯' said a follower, with others following suit. 'Omg you suit blonde so much πŸ”₯❀️ do it do it' commented one fan, 'You look amazing blonde omg 😍' agreed another. 'Have you ever thought of going blonde πŸ˜πŸ™ŒπŸ”₯' another asked.

The transformation takes place for the EastEnders Jubilee special which marks the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The special episode will see a huge street party celebration with much-loved characters of the soap set to attend. Wanting to give the blonde a go? Here are the best blonde hair dyes to have your own hair transformation.

CHECK OUT: Best blonde hair dyes


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John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Hair Dye (10N, Extra Light Natural Blonde)

Best blonde hair dye for an even, non-streaky finish

When it comes to dying your hair at home, it can be pretty tricky to ensure an even coverage across your whole head, especially the back. John Frieda's unique Precision Foam formula spreads super easily, allowing for everyone (even beginners) to achieve that flawless salon finish colour. We cannot recommend it enough.

Pros: Colour is true to packaging and leaves hair looking shiny and nourished.

Cons: Some reviews claim colour begins to fade after one month.

Customer review: "I pretty much always need at least two boxes with other brands but with this one is fine. It doesn't go patchy, doesn't dry my hair and the colours are always nice and rich and if they do fade back they fade back evenly."

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Garnier Olia Permanent Hair Dye (B+++ Maximum Bleach Blonde)

Best blonde hair dye for minimal lasting damage

If you're thinking about bleaching your hair, some damage and/or dryness is inevitable, but with Garnier's Olia dyes, you can rest easy knowing that the 60 per cent oil powered formula is doing its very best to condition your locks while still striving for that platinum shine.

Pros: No ammonia so it doesn't reek, and has a non-drip formula.

Cons: Some reviews claim it covers roots better than ends.

Customer review: "Due to lockdown I've had to redo my roots at home and so I bought this and honestly does the trick! Be sure to cover your hair with a bag or shower cap to lock in heat while you wait for it to develop! My go to home brand for bleaching my hair blonde."

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Schwarzkopf LIVE Colour Intense Lightener (00A Absolute Platinum)

Best blonde hair dye on a budget

We all know that feeling when your roots are coming through and you simply cannot afford a trip to the salon for a half head. Enter, the Β£4.79 solution ud83dude4c. Schwarzkopf's platinum blonde lightener will take your hair up to eight shades lighter and, according to reviews, it'll do it without the dreaded yellow tinge.

Pros: Neutralises undertones and works well on brunette hair.

Cons: Some reviews claim it leaves hair a little straw-like.

Customer review: "Brilliant lightener, had to use this twice and my hair is still in amazing condition! Lifted from a medium reddish brown to a light honey blonde and I love it."

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L'Oreal Preference Blonde Hair Dye (9.13 Baikal)

Best blonde hair dye for covering greys

L'Oreal Preference Hair Dye is the hair dye you're going to want if grey hairs are your nemesis. Ageing may be a privilege, but for Β£7.99 we might invest in some anti-privilege measures...

Pros: Easy application and leaves hair soft and shiny.

Cons: Some reviews claim it fades quite quickly.

Customer review: "I can wholeheartedly recommend this dye. Application is effortless, the smell is pleasant but very strong so would suggest an open window/door policy when using this! At time of use, I had very mousy brown hair with more grey hair than I care to mention but this completely took care of it."

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Josh Wood Colour Permanent Hair Dye (8.0 Light Mid-Blonde)

Best at home blonde hair dye with professional results

Josh Wood is the king of hair colour and so, naturally, he's the king of at-home hair colour, too. Many a celeb frequents his salon and, for those of us that can't afford a Β£200 dye-job, his at-home treatment is just the ticket.

Pros: Non-patchy coverage and leaves hair in good condition.

Cons: Reviews claim the result colour is darker than pictured on the box.

Customer review: "The results are multi-tonal, no patches, and my hair is in great condition. The colour is a little darker than expected, which wasn't the plan when I dyed my hair, but I would still use this again and again, in the same colour. I have fairly long, thick hair, so I had to use two boxes - this isn't unusual though."

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Garnier Nutrisse Crème Deeply Nourishing Permanent Hair Colour (10.01 Natural Baby Blonde)

Best blonde hair dye for easy application

We've seen Holly Willoughby apply this stuff while having a chit chat on Instagram and, honestly, we're sold. If this will give us hair like Holly, we're well and truly here for it.

Pros: Leaves hair shiny and protects against dryness for up to eight weeks.

Cons: Slightly more red-y toned than pictured.

Customer review: "It works a treat for me and I can honestly say that my hair has never been in better condition since ditching the hairdressers, It has never grown more and I also save a fortune!!"

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Clairol Age Defy Luminous Colour Permanent Hair Dye (9A Light Ash Blonde)

Best blonde hair dye for a quick root fix

This is the dye for you if your hair's in pretty good nick, but you just need to give it a quick touch up. Plus, it doesn't smell foul, which is always a pleasant surprise.

Pros: Gentle formula and doesn't dry out hair, even with two weekly/monthly touch ups

Cons: Won't cover 100 per cent of greys, but works fab on white hair.

Customer review: "This hair dye is brilliant! Easy to use and most of all, a really nice natural looking colour. Natural looking roots too. Will definitely be buying this from now on!"

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