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Mindy Kaling's Faux Bangs Were Her Equivalent of a Blonde Wig

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We were thrilled when Mindy Kaling kicked off the week with a bang (so to speak), but as we suspected (and much to our dismay), her new look on Monday was solely experimental — for now, at least.

The creator of The Mindy Project, 34, absolutely achieved her goal of looking “like a friend of Pharrell” with her chic fringe, which she debuted on Chelsea Lately. But the actress just “thought it would be fun” to throw in some clip-ins for the night, she explained to PEOPLE on Tuesday at the NBCUniversal press day at the Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena, Calif.

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“I decided I’m going to go with, kind of like, the way that musicians have a blonde wig,” she said with a laugh, referring to her temporary look by the nickname “fangs” (faux bangs). “I’m like, ‘Why does she get to have all the fun?’ I’m not [really] going to wear a blonde wig, but I thought it’d be fun to [change up my look].”

Feeling sad that you had to say goodbye to the bangs so soon? There’s always hope for them to resurface — Kaling’s open to wearing them again. “Yeah, maybe I will!” she says. Think she should?

-–Dahvi Shira