Mary Portas opens up about ditching her signature red bob after first lockdown

Francesca Rice
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Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Mary Portas has opened up about her decision to ditch her bright red bob during lockdown in an interview with BBC Radio 2's Saturday Live last weekend (30 January).

The retail guru has embraced a more natural look over the last few months, first showing fans her new hairdo back in the summer.

After hairdressers closed across the UK at the start of the first national lockdown back in March 2020, Mary was unable to maintain her signature hairstyle. But, she quickly found herself loving her new hair, and stuck with it even after salons reopened last July.

"Through lockdown, my grey started to come through and everyone, my sister in particular was like, 'What are you going to do with your hair? How are you going to get it cut?"' she told Saturday Live.

"And I remember I had to do an interview for the BBC, and I just looked at my head – grown out, grey had come through – and I just thought, 'No, this is me now.'"

She continued: "And I think it is that journey of softness; I think it is that journey of me feeling connected deeply to where I am now in my life.

"So, no, no more bob. It's grey and a bit of blonde thrown in there, and it's longer."

Following the radio interview, Mary shared a short clip of herself on Instagram with her new hair on show.

Fans were quick to flood the post with comments, saying how much they admired her new look.

"Love the hair," wrote one follower, while another added, "You look amazing!"

Mary was appearing on Saturday Live to discuss her new Radio 4 show, On Style, which is now airing on Tuesdays at 11.30am.

You can listen to the full Saturday Live radio interview with Mary Portas on the BBC's website.

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