January 29, 2015 06:09 PM

Justin Bieber seems to be doing a lot of soul searching lately. He’s also been experimenting with his hair color. The singer debuted a dark blond hue on Ellen Degeneres’s talk show Wednesday, and we’re kind of happy his platinum days (as well as his reckless, paparazzi-fighting ones) are behind him.

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Bieber’s former bleached hue must have been too high maintenance (read: roots!), because he’s returned back to a more sandy blond shade (which fits better with his new good guy image, don’t you think?). Overall, the superstar was looking pretty polished in a striped top and jeans. (He left the crazy sweatshirts and drop-crotch leather pants at home.) Maybe he’s also turning over a new style leaf?

“I really want people to know how much I care, how much I care about people, and how I’m not that person to say ‘I don’t give a f—. You know, I’m not that kid,” he said in an emotional Facebook message to his fans, adding, “I’m a person who genuinely cares. And although what’s happened in the past has happened, I just want to make the best impression on people, and be kind and loving and gentle and soft. And although people can call me a softie, that’s how my mom raised me.”

Do you like Bieber’s current hair color? Should he keep it? Try something new? Share your thoughts below.

–Brittany Talarico

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