Country singer Carrie Underwood debuted her freshly shorn locks on Instagram last night before her performance at the Grand Ole Opry.

By Emily Kirkpatrick
Updated December 09, 2015 03:10 PM

If there’s one thing Carrie Underwood‘s name is synonymous with — besides a serious set of pipes and that subtle Southern twang — it’s surely her long, golden blonde, loose curls. Which is exactly what makes her latest hair transformation such a surprising move for the country star.

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Carrie revealed her new shorter do last night on Instagram, just prior to her performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Upon first glance, it almost seems like this change-up could just be a hair optical illusion, thanks to her selfie angle. But her hairstylist, Melissa Schleicher, confirmed via her Instagram that the “Jesus Take the Wheel” singer really is sporting a freshly bobbed mane.

While this may not seem like a major beauty transformation for most, considering how rarely Underwood changes her look at all, a few inches off of her signature superlong glossy waves is still pretty substantial. She even gave a glimpse of the side view while performing at a benefit for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, really showing how much length she lost.

Carrie Underwood Haircut Bob

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The American Idol winner let her new hair take center stage last night, pairing it with a simple monochromatic dress, a smudgy smokey eye, and glossy pink lips. Since the mystery of Carrie’s new cut has finally been solved, just one question remains: now that she’s both blonde and bobbed, will she finally get a coveted invitation to join T.Swift’s girl gang? Seems like a match made in honky tonk heaven.

What do you think of Carrie Underwood’s new haircut? What style do you think she should try next? Do you prefer her with a bob or longer locks?

–Emily Kirkpatrick