It's Back to Brunette for Katharine McPhee

04/02/2010 at 02:55 PM ET

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Katharine McPhee has gone (back) to the dark side. After transforming into a platinum blonde last August for her album Unbroken, McPhee went back to brunette on March 24–the day before her 26th birthday–for another work project. She’ll play a girl-next-door pharmaceutical rep in the NBC comedy pilot The Pink House, which shoots this month. “It’s always nice to have a reason to go back,” McPhee tells PEOPLE of the change, which is a rich shade of brown that’s a little lighter than her natural color. “I loved having blonde hair–it’s so much fun.” But there’s one thing McPhee won’t miss: “Blonde was pretty hard on my hair,” she admits. “I guess my hair is thanking me now!” Tell us: Which color do you prefer on Katharine?–Marisa Laudadio

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Kim C on

I think she looks so much better, back to a more natural colour. The blonde just looked really artifical. I agree that the cut isn’t quite right. Her long hair was so beautiful but pretty common. I can see why she wanted to cut it and change her look – she really did stand out from the rest of ‘young hollywood’ but I think she would have looked better with a cute bob that still had some movement to it, a few waves or curls. I think it is too straight right now and actually a bit of a ‘mum cut’. Just my opinion. Cheers!

Allie on

She is very pretty, but I do not like her haircut or her as a blonde, either. She should go back to her long locks, it’s the best look for her. Oh, and please someone tell her to get a new stylist, too! Whoever is telling Katherine this looks good on her is not doing her a favor.

Twink465 on

I am soooo glad she went back. Now she needs to let it grow or get an edgy style until it grows out.

Lorrie on

Please keep your hair “brunette.

bk on

YUCK, can’t stand her! Blonde or brown, just YUCK!

Misty on

I don’t even recognize her anymore. Not just the blond hair, but even now as it’s back to brunette, it still doesn’t look like her. What plastic surgery did she have done? Her face looks completely different.

brenda on

I like her much better with the dark hair and I wish she had left it long. When she was on American Idol and she had the long hair it was beautiful. She is a beautiful lady and I used to love to watch her dad because everytime she would sing he would cry. You could tell he was so proud of her and his heart was just busting with love for his daughter.

brenda on

First time I saw Kat with blonde hair she looked fantastic….great cut and great color. Last time I saw her it was a mess. Two inch roots and really bad cut. Guess the secret is a good stylist.

sunny on

she looked beautiful when she had long curly brunette hair and a little more weight on her bones – she should return to that look

STLrose on

Such a lovely and talented girl. She looked “fake” as a blonde…the return to brunette was a good idea!

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