In the late 1980s, Kelly Ripa wore a teased, curly hairstyle, and by 1991, she had switched to a long, straightened, blond look with bangs. In 1995, she was photographed with shorter blond hair styled into sleek retro curls, which she followed with an even shorter slicked-back bob in 1998. In 2001, around the time Ripa began co-hosting "Live! With Regis and Kelly," she darkened her hair to a light brown, which she wore straight and parted down the middle.
Ripa once again sported her blond hair throughout the mid- and late 2000s, wearing it in a variety of ways, such as straightened, wavy, in a half updo and in a sophisticated bun. She continued to wear the blond hair in 2013, but cut to a bob slightly shorter than shoulder-length.
In the summer of 2015, Ripa kept her short bob but began experimenting with unique hair colors, such as pink, blue and opal. In a July 2015 People article, her stylist Ryan Trygstad reported that she decided to switch from blue to opal because, although she loved the blue hair, she felt it limited her clothing choices. Another factor in the decision, according to Trygstad, was that the color was fading to green. It took three hours to achieve the opal color.