November 12, 2014 02:00 PM

Aside from straight-off-the-runway gowns, sexy knee-high boots, plunging necklines and puppy prints, Lively is adding a new maternity-chic must-have to her list: edgy, exposed roots.

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We first spotted this while stalking (err, browsing?) her on Instagram. She was snapped looking gorgeous per usual in an epic Lindsay Thornburg Cloak (that can be yours too for a cool $1,350). Then we noticed something new: The always immaculately-blonde bombshell had quite a bit of her dark roots showing.

Over the weekend when the star appeared alongside Martha Stewart at the American Made Summit (in this photo above), her brunette roots were in full effect.

But is the new look intentional? Or is the star just being a cautious momma-to-be and skipping the salon appointments? We checked in with celeb colorist Rona O’Connor (owner of Lukaro salon in Beverly Hills) who tinted Lively’s locks for years to get her expert opinion.

“Most likely she’s just taking a break from getting her hair colored while she’s pregnant,” O’Connor says of that famous mane. The colorist also explained that, “while many expecting women opt out of hair color during their pregnancy, there isn’t any science or studies that have found it to be harmful. It’s really just about whatever you feel the most comfortable with.” Side note: O’Connor has worked with many other pregnant celebs (like Debra Messing and Brooke Shields) who continued getting touched-up while knocked-up. “Debra just got her usual color and for Brooke we used foils, which don’t directly touch your scalp.”

RELATED: Check out Blake Lively’s amazing bump style here!

Since Lively’s usually golden hue is one of the most requested in salons, we bet that her new slightly darker shade is going to reignite the huge exposed-root hair color craze that was trending a few seasons back.

Are you loving Lively’s locks? Think it will spark another color trend? Tell us your thoughts below.

–Loni Venti

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