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Katie Holmes Cuts Her Hair to Go Shorter, Darker (and Sassier?)

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With the exception of one major haircut in 2009 (you may remember these bangs), Katie Holmes has always sported the same long, brown, center-parted locks appropriate to her “girl next door” status. But now she’s mixing things up a bit, instead going for “girl next door who just got home from college with something different but you can’t quite put your finger on it.” Yes, that’s right, she cut her hair.

The actress made an appearance at the Z100 Jingle Ball in N.Y.C., and at first glance we completely missed that she’d made a change — the loose waves and simple styling are so familiar, we didn’t look twice. But after checking out some older photos, it became clear that this wasn’t just a little trim; Holmes made a major chop, cutting off at least six inches of her hair, losing some of the layers and even appearing to go a few shades darker for a rich, winter-ready hue.

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Holmes is so famous for her hair, she even got it a gig as the representative mane for Alterna haircare, so we’re not surprised to see it looking lush, shiny and healthy. But we are surprised that she made such a big hair alteration and it almost got right by us (after all, celebrity hair is our favorite topic). Should we expect more big changes for the star in 2014?

What do you think of her new shorter, darker do? Do you miss her long locks?

–Alex Apatoff