Hayden Panettiere On Her Spontaneous New Do: 'I Like Abrupt Changes'

06/10/2010 at 06:00 PM ET

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When it comes to her hair, Hayden Panettiere is proving herself quite the drama queen. After dying her tresses auburn and then chopping her shoulder-grazing locks into a pixie cut earlier this year, the Heroes star rocked an even shorter, back-to-blonde style at Wednesday’s 2010 CMT Music Awards. “It wasn’t scary,” the 20-year-old actress explained to PEOPLE of taking the plunge. “I’m pretty spontaneous. I like abrupt changes–it excites me.” Dressed in an asymmetrical turquoise-and-black Pucci dress, the petite vixen cut a striking figure — anchored, of course, by the bold new cut. “I love it — it’s daring and it’s easier for me,” she said. “You always try to find your own sense of style, so when I chopped my hair off I felt like I was my own self in my own way. I didn’t feel like I was trying to emulate anyone. I felt very me.” Tell us: What do you think of Hayden’s cut? –Marissa Patlingrao Cooley; reporting by Eileen Finan


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hmmmm on

not being mean, just makes her face look really round! Maybe if it was a little darker?

B on

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

GiGi on

She doesn’t know what to do with herself…

Tammy on

When are women going to realize not everyone looks good in blond. I’m one of them (although I’m a dark blond). I don’t like the color and I don’t like the cut. Come to think of it, I really don’t like her.



J on

hate it. she needs to quit acting, dressing, and styling like a 40 year old woman. it’s ridiculous and makes her appear even more immature than a normal 20 year old.

Julie on

Hayden is beautiful and I like it.I think it looks lovely on her.As for her face being round that doesnt mean she is fat it is just a shape and it is about time someone in Hollyowood looks like they have been allowed to eat something.She is a wonderful actress and I love her.If she could have a cloan Hollywood mama it would be Kate Hudson they look so much alike.

Erin on

Hate it!! It does make her face look much larger than it is, and the blonde is a yellow blonde, it might be ok if it was darker… Rhianna can pull it off, i dont think Hayden can!

G on

The cut is too boyish! Maybe it will look more feminine when it grows out a bit… She looks much better with longer hair in blonde or red, but the short hair isn’t flattering on her…

Jon on

I think Hayden’s new hair-cut is nice, good for her for liking abrupt changes!

Jennifer on

It look adorable, when ur young and hot u can afford to switch up. I luv it!

Loren on

I feel as though it just looks like her hair would if it was pulled into a ponytail. I actually liked the edgier style she had a few weeks ago. This looks too structured and I agree her face is naturally round and this isn’t ideal for it.

Karen on

I hate it! She looks so much better with longer hair. She also looks a lot better with darker hair too!

Karen on

She says she likes abrupt changes, it’s more like she’s unhappy with herself and just can’t stop messing with herself. I know this from experience.

wtf on

okay i loved her hair long and blonde i think she needs to get some extensions and then shed be perfect shes soo gorgeous!!!

holly on

i love it! and if she is happy with it then that’s all that matters! i wish i could cut my hair this short but i think i would look weird cause i’m so tall

Dawn on

Very cute cut on her. Not too many people can wear their hair that short.
Don’t like the color. Darker would look better on her.

Emma on

I think Hayden is a beautiful girl, but that hair has got to go! I love her with long hair and color doesn’t matter cuz she can pull off any hair color she wants. She can always get extensions :D

janett on

Don’t really care for it…but with that said she is a beautiful young lady and her self image is what matters.

Seleste on

I LOVE IT! Hayden your face is so spectacular, the cut draws more emphasis on it! Especially your eyes, they pop now, where before they were not as noticable.

Lori A on

Don’t like it. Makes her look a lot older.

cathy on

I love it, looks cute. She is a natural blond anyways. She use to be on Guiding light when she was a little girl and she had blond curly hair. She is a really good actress on there that’s why she has gotten so far. Good for her.

Delana on

Hayden is a pretty girl, but this color and cut does nothing for her! She should really just let her natural, curly hair grow out wit her natural color.

Dominique on

I get that in Hollywood, nobody decides to say “I’m gonna be different than everybody else, I’m not gonna have the same hair-do, outfit and whatever, I’m gonna do what I want”, but seriously, when you wanna look like the majority, at least make sure you can rock it. This is obviously an example of someone who CAN’T rock this kind of hair-do. It makes her face look really round, big and old.

D on

Okay, YUCK!!! It’s too short. All I see is her face.

Emma on

I love it. I’m so sick of seeing long hair ON EVERYONE!!! Dare to be different. Yay Hayden.

BlueStar on

I LOVE Hayden! But, this do is too short for her. I love the fact that she’s an activist for dolphins and that’s she is so spontaneous and mature for her age. I do like her better with her younger, blonde, longer locks. Miss that look on her. This one looks a bit off.

jon on

This girl could do anything and still be beautiful

Emily on

She looks beautiful! I love it!

Nina on

I think Hayden looks better with longer hair. She looked good with the long blonde hair she had earlier. Even shoulder length would look better than this, IMHO.

kelley on

I hate it – her face is too round for that close of a hair cut. The color doesn’t do her any justice either. When I seen her on the award show the other night and she came out in that green dress – she reminded me of a real life tinkerbell. She just needs more hair with some lift and a darker color.

Patty on

If you look at just the hair on actresses like Hayden, Halle, and Riyanna it’s not very pretty….but they have such beautiful faces they could pull of any kind of hairdo

lori on

Hate it

Amanda on

She looks so much better with long hair. That is not attractive.

TEXAS13 on

I love it & believe me it will be a lot easier to take care of. You can do a lot with that cut…

Pat on

As long as Hayden likes how she looks who the heck cares what we think…I hope for her sake (& piece of mind) she doesn’t!!!

This is exactly why young girls today are so screwed up imagewise!!!!!!

bigbrowneyes on

Don’t care what anyone else thinks Hayden!!! Wear your new hairstyle proudly and live your life to the fullest!!!!!!!


DB on

Not loving it……needs to be shorter with fringe bangs and dark with low lights…..pretty girl…but this is too harsh for her! Needs softness!

JMT on

That cut and style in a darker color would look great. She’s so cute though she can carry it off as is.

MOMA! on

She’s pretty cute no matter what, but I think she’s trying too hard to look old b/c she has a waaaaaay older bf.

Carla on

Like the cut, not so fond of the color. Maybe if she changed her make-up colors a bit it would be better.

morsee on

Like the blond, hate the short haircut.

dell on

dont like it at all on her. hope she grows it back before scream 4.

mrs J.P. on


Crimson on

I like her hair longer than that.

Lori on

I really love her, she is a great young lady and a wonderful role model for young ladies. You do not see her like the Paris Hilton’s or Lindsey Lohan’s in the Bars bozzing it up…. getting DUI’s. You see her doing causes that she believes in like saving the whales. I like her cut if she likes it, just because her hair is shorter does not mean it changes who she is within… a very special person! Love You Hayden.

karen on

Color is nice, cut is horrible

roxanne on

the style is not flattering at all………

M on

I think it makes her face look fat or rounder like what it said. I like her hair long.

PBright on

Not a great look for her. She’ll have extensions before too long.

C on

I don’t like the cut but I hate the color, it doesn’t suit her at all, not at all appropriate for her skin tone/colors.

Bridget on

I think most people need to get more exciting lives if they’re holding strong convictions about the length, style, and color of Hayden Panettiere’s hair.

Just a thought.

ky on

its horrible!!!!!!!!! I’ll bet without make up she looks like a little boy

Bob on

Too damn short! Much sexier long.

Lena on

I love it. The cut frames her face nicely and brings out her pretty eyes.

brendacarolina on


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norma on

I like the new cut, glad she is her own woman and decides whats best for her at the moment..

Toniann on

I think she is beautiful but I dont like this cut on her. It just doesnt suit her well.

Julie on

She is beautiful but her face is too round for that kind of cut. It doesn’t have to be super long but it does need to be longer than this to balance out her features.

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