Aside from her impressive vocal range, Ariana Grande is best known for her interminable brunette mane, consistently polished and pin-straight, whether worn in a high-slung ponytail, a half-up style or two glossy double-knots. All that changed after the culmination of her Dangerous Woman Tour, when Grande made the switch to a shade of grey that looked almost lavender. And after making the full-on move to Team Platinum, with a unicorn-like hue that calls to mind Kim Kardashian West’s recent dye job, it seems Grande is test-driving another above-neck shift: micro bangs.
The pop star took to Instagram yesterday to share a selfie featuring trademarks—power brow, long lashes, matte pout, glowing skin—framed by wispy, abbreviated fringe. The mid-forehead snip was furthered by its uneven trimming, offering the bangs an idiosyncratic feel that marked a departure from Grande’s usual saccharine notes. Whether this makeover is a mark of a new aesthetic phase or a simple bit of trompe l’oeil styling, it seems Grande is ready to exchange tried-and-true for a bit of welcome quirk.