Demi Lovato just refreshed her look.
The 26-year-old singer took fans along with a series of snaps on Instagram story as she started her hair transformation with Nine Zero One salon stylist Amber Maynard Bolt, otherwise known as “Alchemist Amber,” who has been working with the star for eight years. First, Lovato posted a picture of her pre-cut hair, which had grown far beyond her shoulders and down her back. “This was without extensions, y’all! It got so long!” she wrote.
Then, after Amber worked her magic, the star posted another pic from the same angle, but this time with a much darker color and much shorter cut. “I cut about 4/5 inches off her hair! It was a great way to release old energy as well as old color,” Amber tells PEOPLE exclusively. “My favorite part about cutting someone’s hair off is their reaction! Hers was a good one. She was really feeling it.”
“AFTER,” she simply captioned the reveal.
Once she was finished getting styled, Lovato debuted her complete new look — a nearly black, shoulder length bob — with a selfie.
“New hair, who dis?” she captioned the Instagram story video.
Amber says the new look was a “natural progression” for the singer. “What inspired the cut simply was change! ” she says. “She’s a hair chameleon.”
Lovato posted a screenshot from the article on her Instagram story and added, “I AM MORE THAN MY WEIGHT.”
“Unlike the past, I’m not triggered, I’m not upset that someone wrote a headline about my ‘fuller figure.’ I’m angry that people think it’s okay to write headlines about people’s body shapes,” she explained. “Especially a woman who has been so open about being in recovery from an eating disorder. I’m not upset for myself but for anyone easily influenced by the diet culture.”
Lovato urged her followers to ignore comments about their bodies.
“Too many people today base their ideal body weight off of what OTHERS tell us we should look like or weigh. Articles like these only contribute to that toxic way of thinking,” she said. “If you’re reading this: Don’t listen to negative diet culture talk. You are more than a number on a scale. And I am more than a headline about my body shape.”