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Jennifer Lopez could wear a hat, pull her strands into a topknot, or wrap her long locks around a scrunchie (who could forget THAT moment?) and one thing would still be very, very visibly clear—that girl, who is celebrating her 45th birthday today, has the sunkissed highlights of an angel. They look so natural, are so elegantly placed, and, well, kind of make her look like she just got back from a yacht-lounging St. Tropez vacay.

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But since we know that JLO is a busy gal, putting aside weeks upon weeks for a little color touch-up doesn’t seem logical. So how’d she get those locks of gold? We got the scoop straight from the source, celebrity colorist Rita Hazan, who has been doing the celeb’s hair for years and originally met her when she was a brunette. Remember the days?

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Rita transformed Jennifer’s rich brunette to a dimensional, blonde-enhanced shade by setting JLO’s hair with a chocolate base and adding in honey highlights, which she says gives the entire look more depth.

“The darker base adds contrast to give her an edgier, cooler look,” explains Rita. OK, so we agree with that.

So what do you need to remember when you head into your colorist’s salon and present a pic of Jenny? It’s going to take some time and this is a collaboration of many hues.

“You don’t want to damage your hair, so you want to color it in stages. Add a few more highlights every time you color,” says Rita. The colorist also suggests using product, like the Ultimate Shine Blonde Gloss, to maintain the look in-between appointments.

Now give us a cool braided look and you’ll officially be the hair goddess of the summer of 2014, JLO.

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What do you think of Jennifer Lopez’s hair? Tweet @OKMagazine and leave a comment below.

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