This Is How 'Orange Is the New Black's' Dascha Polanco Preps for the Emmys

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Dascha Polanco at the Mara Hoffman spring 2016 show.

The actress also showed off a brand-new rose-gold bob at Mara Hoffman's NYFW show.

She must get really sick of the prison-inspired makeup and hair required to play Dayanara Diaz on Orange Is the New Black, because in her spare time actress Dascha Polanco really mixes it up. She sat front row — her first time! — at Mara Hoffman’s show Saturday, which was the perfect place to debut her new rose-gold bob.

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The actress, who has rocked gray and garnet red locks before now as well as countless cuts, styles and textures is a bit of a beauty chameleon. Her hair stylist Cynthia Alvarez — who also works with Keke Palmer and Adrienne Bailon — was responsible for this new change that she said was a "very difficult process to get rose gold. We were embracing color tones and our undertones as Latinas," said Polanco before the show.


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As for the Emmys, she says they're procrastinating on the dress, but that since "last year I did kind of a princess-y thing, this year I’m going for va-va-voom — embrace those curves!" She may not have a gown picked out, but she did mention she feels loyal to Houghton — "she’s my go-to designer" — whose show she’ll attend Monday.

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And she has her pre-awards show ritual down pat: "Juicing, body scrubs, massage — it’s all about healthy skin, feeling great and clean, and then I fragrance it up!" said Polanco. "I have a whole ritual about fragrancing myself up." At this particular show she layered handmade shea butter with jasmine, Dove spray, L’Occitane shimmer and Ralph Lauren Romance ($41). "It depends on what the mood is. I’m into [Le Labo] Santal ($85). For award shows I wear all my exclusives, like Creed or L’Artisan. Or this fire one, it’s woodsy and a men’s cologne that’s exclusive to Barneys. It’s a men’s fragrance I like to wear at awards shows."