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Ariel Winter’s Exclusive Diet, Hair & Blowout Secrets

The “Modern Family” actress discusses her partnership with Ulta, explains her workout regimen and shares beauty & haircare tips:

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Ariel Winter’s Reaction to Her Dramatic Hair Transformation Is Honestly All of Us

Two months ago, Modern Family star Ariel Winter debuted her most dramatic hair transformation thus far — having gone from long, jet black waves to bright red ones with fresh layers. Winter told POPSUGAR that it the new look took some getting used to.

“I was definitely scared since it was such a big, huge hair change,” she said. “After it was done . . . I knew I liked it, but it was so drastic and I looked so different. I felt like I didn’t look like me — not in a bad way — but it was just something I had to get used to.”

What she did next was so relatable: “The next day I was walking past my bathroom mirror and saw the red hair was freaked out thinking that someone was in my bathroom,” she said. “I saw a red hair on my bed, and I was like ‘Whose is this?’ And then, you know, remembered it was me.” She ultimately fell in love with the look and that hair is important to her. The newly minted spokesperson for Ulta Beauty’s “The Salon at Ulta” said that one of her go-to rituals to make herself feel beautiful is getting her hair professionally styled. “If I don’t have makeup on or haven’t showered that day — if my hair is done I feel better,” she said. “When my hair is done, or even just blow-dried, it really just makes me feel a little better.” Winter went on to say that she discovered a hair tool that changed the game when it comes to styling her new red hair.

The new spokesperson for “The Salon at Ulta Beauty” explains what she loves about getting her blowout from its new menu. “It works really great with my hair,” she said about the blowout she had gotten, and she explained that she loves the salon’s newest menu for how it caters to different hair types. “If someone has thin hair, it still works for you.”

Winter explained that she discovered a “game-changing” hair tool while on-set for Modern Family. “The Dyson [Supersonic] Hair Dryer ($400) definitely changed the game,” she said. “It definitely dries so much faster than any other hairdryer I’ve ever used.” She went on to explain that the blow dryer dried her hair in five minutes (while it typically takes her 20-25 minutes to have her hair blown out).

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Ariel Winter Talks Post-‘Modern Family’ Plans, Online Criticism, Ulta Gig

For the first time in a decade, Ariel Winter doesn’t know what she’ll be doing next year. The 21-year-old actress stopped attending UCLA after enrolling in fall 2017, because it was too much to juggle with filming Modern Family. For now, she’s focusing on the 11th and final season of the ABC hit comedy, which she’s grown up alongside for the past 10 years as bookworm Alex Dunphy.

“I loved going [to UCLA]; however, I overestimated what I could do at that time.… I wasn’t really able to get to the majority of my classes. It was kind of me just looking at the book, not having any exam notes, just trying to figure it out on my own. I thought it was kind of a waste. Not like going there was a waste, I mean UCLA, I was so so lucky, it’s such an amazing school.… But it just didn’t make sense at the time,” Winter tells The Hollywood Reporter.

She’s planning to audition for more “adult” roles this year and, after the series wraps, is considering producing content or studying for a psychology degree online. Or maybe adopting a bunch more dogs (“I would have a million if I could.”) And as of this week, she’s partnering with Ulta Beauty for in-store blowout services at its salons nationwide.

“It’s strange to think that it’s coming to an end. It will be hard to say goodbye,” she says of Modern Family. “It will be hard to leave that, but I am excited to do new things. I’m excited to play new roles and to do things that challenge me a little more. Alex is a great character but Alex doesn’t change a ton…. I was a kid as Alex on the show and now I’m an adult as Alex, so it’s a little different than the roles I want to play. I don’t want to play kid to adult. I want to just play my age now.”

Though acting in one of the top single-camera network comedies has provided her with a stable job and family of cast and crew, it also “thrust” her in the spotlight during her transformative years.

“I’m not really a fame person. That wasn’t why — that’s not why I do what I do. I like to act. I like to work,” she says. Yet she’s become somewhat of a magnet for haters online, who constantly criticize her body and clothing choices using some rather choice words. And unlike Taylor Swift — who, in her own words, became a “national lightning rod for slut-shaming” and later disabled comments on her Instagram account — Winter leaves her comments on most of the time, because she appreciates the positive notes from fans and interacting with her 3.9 million Instagram followers. Continue reading “Ariel Winter Talks Post-‘Modern Family’ Plans, Online Criticism, Ulta Gig”