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Chrissy Teigen's Blonder Locks Were Inspired by Her Childhood Hair - See the Photo!

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Attention, all celebrities: If you’re thinking about a hair change, it appears that you can only do one of two things at the moment. Either go absolutely wild with your color (we’re looking at you, purple-haired Anna Paquin and Aimee Teegarden) or go so subtle that you require a double-take from onlookers (see: Ashley Madekwe). Chrissy Teigen, 28, just joined Team Barely Blonder.

Chrissy Teigen Blonde
Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP; Paul Archuleta/GC Im

In fact, if Teigen’s stylists Jen Atkin and Tracey Cunningham hadn’t posted on Instagram about her new do, we may have missed it entirely — the lighter, more sunkissed strands seem perfectly natural on the swimsuit model. But after Atkin confirmed that “blondes ARE having more fun!” Cunningham followed up with the below snap of the sweet hair color inspiration: Teigen herself as a kid.

“Was over at @chrissyteigen house and her mom showed me and @lizyjung a childhood picture of #chrissyteigen and I knew her #hair had to go lighter!” Cunningham wrote on her “before and after” split of Teigen’s transformation.

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Teigen also seems to be part of a microtrend of celebs crediting their hair inspiration to a kid — Jessica Simpson’s wedding hair hue was matched to her daughter Maxwell’s! If you’re looking for a tress update, it might be fun to consider bringing a childhood photo of yourself (instead of a celeb or model shot) to show your colorist next time you hit the salon.

What do you think of Teigen’s lighter locks? Should she go even blonder?

–Alex Apatoff