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Ariana Grande‘s long ponytail has taken on a life of it’s own, probably because she seems to ONLY wear her hair that way.

Maybe she’s just trying new things out of excitement for her upcoming tour, but Ariana has FINALLY ditched the pony and let her lovely long hair down, posting a picture online.

The new look makes her look much more mature and sophisticated, more pop princess than teenybopper. Ariana explained earlier this year she couldn’t wear her hair loose because it was destroyed by over-processing.

“I wear it in a pony tail because my actual hair is so broken that it looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down,” she said. “So as annoying as it is for y’all to have to look at the same hair style all the time, that works for now. AND i’m comfortable for the first time in years.”

Our little Ari’s growing up! 

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Check out Ari letting her hair down below!

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