Hayden Panettiere: Check Out Her Crazy New Hair!

08/28/2013 at 06:22 PM ET

Michelle Obama highlights, hairstylesOlivier Douliery/Startraks

We had to do a double–no, triple–take when we saw the picture on the right of Hayden Panettiere. She was spotted en route to tape the Late Show with David Letterman earlier this afternoon with totally straight hair, and…gasp…bangs! (Of note: She hasn’t ever had bangs before.) We’re still not even sure if we like her new look or not–that’s how in shock we still are–so rather than debate it, we decided to come up with a few theories about why she may have chop chop chopped:

1. She was sick of Miley getting all the attention and decided to try to one-up her. Totally possible.

2. She got inspired by Michelle Obama’s sassy new red highlights and, before she could second-guess herself, booked an appointment with her stylist ASAP to make crazy hair things happen, too. A little less possible, but still possible.

3. She is going to a Gwen Stefani costume party after the Letterman taping and figured she’d get a head start on her costume. Fine, not very possible.

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Tell us: What do you think of Hayden’s wild new hair? Do you have any theories about why she went the bangs route?

–Annie Daly

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chloe on

It looks like a wig :/

Robert May on

She might have been in a wig but I don’t think so…unless wigs come with dark roots. Maybe her character on Nashville has a big change but if not I still think she really looks great.

Zen on

She just aged herself 20 yrs. Blek!

Bonnie on


Bonnie on

Like…it looks amazing, all of y9ou are crazy if you don’t like vthis look on her omg

Bonnie on


lglg on

She totally can’t suit bangs. She is a beatiful girl but in this case she looks like some It-callgirl/Nicki Minaj combo. She has nothing from the sympathic and beautiful girl she actually is. I really hope it’s a wig. But if it’s her real hair she should immediately stop dying it so blond andsporting it with waves. This would repair some of the harm she caused
to her beatiful hair.

BRinMilwaukee on

MEH. Did she just break up with a boyfriend? I don’t like it. Waaaahhhhh

pysh817 on

So Bonnie, I can’t tell: Do you like her hair or not? :)

LoveMeSomeGoodGrammar on

It does look like a wig. Seems she can pull off any look, though. She’s still beautiful! Also, I would just like to say how pumped I am for fall TV shows to start back up. Love Nashville! That is all.

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