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Theorizing Hilary Duff’s New Lilac Hair: What Could It Mean?

Hilary Duff with her new hair.
Hilary Duff with her new hair. Photo: SPW / Splash News

A celebrity’s haircut. Are there three more intriguing words? A celebrity’s haircut. A head you know, hair you don’t — yet. A new friend. A new haircut. A dash of novelty on top of a stranger you’re familiar with from a box or a picture you saw. A celebrity’s haircut. We aren’t talking about a haircut today, exactly — this particular celebrity cut her hair in December. What we’re talking about is close to a haircut, however. We’re talking about a hair dye. A celebrity’s hair dye. Are there four more intriguing words? A celebrity’s hair dye.

“Is Hilary Duff Trying To Tell Us Something By Dyeing Her Hair Lilac Again?” People asks, correctly. I don’t know. Is she? She dyed her hair lilac last April, the magazine tells us, and now she’s dyeing her hair lilac again. In April it was for a music video. People theorizes that perhaps the lilac hair is a sign of more new music to come. An intriguing theory. The Daily Mail says it took her four hours in the salon to dye it. An intriguing amount of time.

The word lilac itself is derived from the Persian word līlak, according to, which is a variant of nīlak, which means bluish, from nīl, which means blue. Blue could mean a lot of things. First of all, and do excuse me if I’m wasting your time with facts you’re already aware of, but let me stress that this is a post about Hilary Duff’s new hair dye for everyone, it can mean the color blue. It can also mean “sad.” I’m feeling blue. It can also mean when you say a joke with a curse word in it. What else? Blue. It’s the color of the sky. “What’s up?” “The sky.” A joke, yes, but not one that has to do with the color blue specifically.

Theory: Hilary Duff dyed her hair lilac to, through the word’s Persian derivative, suggest the blue color of the sky. She wants to live in the sky; she likes flying; wishes sky were ground and ground were sky. Hilary Duff’s lilac hair means she is, to put it plainly, tired of the ground. She wants to be a pilot. She lives up there now. She’s a sky girl — not a cloud, but a human in the sky.

Lilac can also mean the flower lilac. In search of a flower expert, I logged onto, which had this to say of the meaning of the flower lilac:

Lilac symbolizes youthful innocence and confidence. White lilac symbolizes humility and innocence, field lilac symbolizes charity while purple lilac symbolizes first love.


Theory: Hilary Duff dyed her hair lilac to symbolize youthful innocence and confidence and first love.

You know who also has lilac hair currently? Justin Bieber. The littlest monster, a broken human wrecked by fame, creator of several fun radio jams. Justin. “Justin,” according to, comes from the Latin name Iustinus, which was derived from Justus:

This was the name of several early saints including Justin Martyr, a Christian philosopher of the 2nd century who was beheaded in Rome. It was also borne by two Byzantine emperors. As an English name, it has occasionally been used since the late Middle Ages, though it did not become common until the 20th century.

“Interesting.” (Sarcasm.)

Theory: Hilary Duff dyed her hair lilac, a color she dislikes, as a tribute to martyrs.

According to, the color purple (very similar to the color lilac, and please don’t interrupt) “relates to the imagination and spirituality.” Imagination that Hilary Duff employs in acting; spirituality that Hilary Duff employs in music? Hmm. continues, saying, “In the meaning of colors, purple and violet represent the future, the imagination and dreams, while spiritually calming the emotions. They inspire and enhance psychic ability and spiritual enlightenment, while, at the same time, keeping us grounded.” Imagination and dreams: music video. Psychic ability and spiritual enlightenment: music. Keeping us grounded: hair dye.

Theory: Hilary Duff dyed her hair lilac for another music video, or to announce the upcoming release of more Hilary Duff music.

Fascinating. Please share your own theories about Hilary Duff’s new lilac hair out loud and to yourself.

Theorizing Hilary Duff’s New Lilac Hair