A chestnut new-wave beehive. A wavy dark-as-night bob. A shoulder-length strawberry red coif. A headful of cascading golden tendrils. At only 23 years old, actress Lucy Boynton has already had more hairstyles than most do in a lifetime. “I’ve been every hair color under the sun for different projects,” says Boynton, in a lilting English accent, over the phone. “It helps me get into character.”
Most recently, that character is Rose in A24’s psychological thriller, The Blackcoat’s Daughter (out Friday), for which her naturally blonde lengths were dyed an inky hue—and back again. “It felt very apt to have such a dark hair color with such a horrific film, but it’s tainted the way I see dark hair!”
Anyone who’s dabbled with Manic Panic knows that one major dye job—let alone multiple—can wreak devastating havoc upon hair, and yet Boynton’s current flaxen bob is surprisingly healthy. For this, Boynton credits Olaplex’s bond-building treatment and London-based colorist Mark William Selley, who had to take her hair from jet black to platinum in one day and still lives to tell the tale. “He’s the only reason I have any hair left!” she laughs.
But Boynton’s love affair with color doesn’t stop with the strands on her head. “I just watched Play It As It Lays, and the main character [Maria] wears this bright blue eyeshadow,” she says of the 1972 film inspiration behind the bold cobalt, green, and purple MAC eyeshadows with which she covers her whole lid—no matter the time of day. Her approach to red carpet beauty is similarly daring, thanks to makeup artists like the Streicher sisters in L.A. and London’s Alexis Day who shares her passion for glitter. “I find that I’m quite experimental. I’m drawn to the brighter and weirder things.” In other words, this is one beauty risk-taker to watch.