November 05, 2014 06:49 PM

There’s a lot to look forward to at the CMAs tonight. Miranda Lambert will be changing outfits five times. Carrie Underwood will probably have her beat. And Lucy Hale will be debuting a new do on the red carpet.

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“CHOP!” her hair pro, Scotty Cunha, captioned the above image on Instagram. He thoughtfully included four shots to show off the cut’s layers, angles and the subtle ombré gradation, taking her dark hair to honey-blonde at the tips. And Hale posted her own look at her new do, turning to emojis to express her own thoughts about the change: “💇💇💇💇” she wrote.

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Hale and Cunha (also one of the men responsible for the Kardashians’ manes) arrived in Nashville yesterday with Hale’s long, loose waves still intact (see below), leading us to believe that this was a last-minute decision — possibly inspired by her CMAs dress for the evening?

And if you’re having sympathy pangs for Hale’s lost hair, don’t despair: She’s already proven that it works well in a side braid, so we’re guessing she also won’t be suffering from topknot, low bun or milkmaid braid FOMO either.

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–Alex Apatoff


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