Kelly Ripa Dyes Hair Pink, Shocks Michael Strahan as "Pinky Galore"—Watch Now!

Live! co-host also reveals what hubby Mark Consuelos thinks of her bold color

By Rebecca Macatee Jun 10, 2015 4:14 PMTags

Blonds have more fun, but it's pink-haired gals that get the most attention—just look at Kelly Ripa!

The Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host debuted her bold new hair color on Wednesday's show, and Michael Strahan was taken a bit by, um, surprise with this new "Pinky Galore" 'do! 

"I must say, I walked in and I was like, 'WHAT?! Was—what! What? What?" he recalled, adding jokingly, "I don't know who my new co-host is today!"

Live! posted a behind-the-scenes video to Instagram that showed the exact moment Michael saw Kelly's new hue for the first time—and he did, indeed, let out a squeal!

We're LIVE!!Tune in now!! See Kelly's pink hair! #KellyandMichael

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So what inspired Kelly to think pink? "Well, you know every time I go on vacation I dye my hair a different color," the 44-year-old mom of three explained. "It usually washes out—and this will wash out, I just haven't washed my hair yet. But it's like part of my tradition. I like to have fun hair for 2 weeks."

It took two dye jobs, she revealed, to get the the perfect shade. "I literally sat there with pink hair dye—in multiple shades of pink—for hours on my head," she said.

"I like to mix it up a little," Kelly went on. "I get very bored. I've had the same color hair for—I don't know, for six months, at least! That's a long time for me."

???????????? for the love of P!NK @ryantrygstadhair you are boss!

A photo posted by Kelly Ripa (@kellyripa) on

The real question, though, is what Mark Consuelos thinks of his wife's "Pinky Galore" look! According to Kelly, the hunky actor is in California at the moment, but she sent him a picture, she said, "and he was like, 'Babe, keep going! I love it.'"

Thank goodness! So now she's got the hubby's approval, what color will she dye her hair next? Watch the Live! clip above to find out!