Credit: imageSPACE_Inc and JDH Images/ Splash News Photo: Hayden Panettiere Gets a New Hairstyle

On Nashville, Hayden Panettiere plays Juliette Barnes, an all-American country music superstar with legions of tween fans. Although Juliette has some issues (diva behavior, the occasional petty theft, etc.) her image has always been very sweet and clean-cut.

On the show’s first season her hair was often styled with soft waves (much like how Hayden styles her locks in real life) but now the actress is rocking a much edgier look — reportedly thanks to a blonde wig!

The 23-year-old was spotted in New York City on August 28 arriving at the Late Show With David Letterman donning a blonde wig, according to Splash News. While we’re unable to confirm if Hayden’s new ‘do really is a wig, we’re kind of digging it either way.

The sleek and straight look makes our girl seem super sophisticated, and the platinum blonde color really brings out her brown eyes. It’s also perfectly paired with the deep-red lip.

If this new look is the real deal, we'll be curious to see if the dramatic transformation is incorporated into Hayden’s Nashville storyline. Given that Juliette’s mother passed away at the end of Season 2, we can totally see the singer getting a makeover to reflect a revamped version of herself.

Over the years, Hayden has kept her hair pretty uniform. While she might sweep it up in a bun, her long waves are part of the actress’s signature look. If the ‘do isn’t all for show (or for the show Nashville — who knows, maybe Juliette’s opting for a style evolution), maybe Hayden’s decided to explore the wonderful world of wigs, à la Nicki Minaj. The reason we think it might be fake? TV shows are pretty protective of their stars’ locks. Remember when Keri Russell chopped off all her hair and Felicity’s ratings plummeted? Not that we think Nashville fans would tune out just because Juliette went platinum with her hair instead of her records, but… better safe than sorry. Still, the whole bangs thing seemed to work out for Michelle Obama.

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