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Forgive us, as we’ve been particularly wrapped up in the roller coaster that is Ariana Grande’s hair situation of late.

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A couple of months back, we were calling out for the star on the rise to switch up her ‘do from her go-to ponytail to something a little more sophisticated and mature. Then, finally, the 20-year-old stated that she was officially done with the ponytail on Twitter last week, but quickly deleted the post. However, now we’re getting a first real glimpse at what her new hairstyle looks like, and we couldn’t be more pleased!

It seems like Ari was being serious when she tweeted “new projects, new weave” last week, as it appears in this shot (taken by someone on her management team) that her long locks are now down and loose over her shoulders, with a trendy center part. So much more age appropriate! Plus, we are just loving how much more obvious her ombre blonde is now that it’s not hidden away in an updo.

Those new projects are also underway, as Ariana announced this week that she’s back in the studio working on her second album. We feel pretty spoiled to have new Ari music already on the way, as she just released her hit debut album back in September, and quickly followed it with four holiday singles. But we can’t complain — just as long as she takes care of her voice!

Are you loving Ariana’s new ‘do? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Samantha Lear is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!