Shear beauty! Beyonce unveiled a gorgeous pixie cut via her Instagram account on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The 31-year-old "Grown Woman" singer's major makeover comes just two days after she finished the summer leg of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in Brooklyn, New York.
Beyonce shared three pictures of her cropped coif with fans, though she offered no explanation as to why she decided to forgo long blonde locks. Ironically, on July 22, the pop star's weave got caught in a fan while she was performing "Halo" in Montreal. She later parodied the incident by re-writing the lyrics to her No. 1 smash and posting it on her Instagram account.
The last time Beyonce rocked short blonde hair was for her role as Etta James in the 2008 movie Cadillac Records. That look, however, was a wig. "Once I put on that blond wig and those thick eyebrows, I felt much more natural in her skin," she explained to ELLE in 2010.
Beyonce, whose mother Tina Knowles once owned a hair salon in Texas, has become known for experimenting with different hairstyles over the years. "I'm still always doing something to my hair -- cutting layers, or bleaching it, or taking it upon myself to copy fashionable hairstyles without knowing the necessary techniques," she told the magazine. "A couple of weeks ago, I cut my own bangs and put highlights in the front. When my stylist saw me, she was like, 'What did you do?!' I did a pretty good job, but she still had to fix it. We're always joking that I'm a frustrated hairdresser."
The singer -- mom to Blue Ivy, 19 months, with husband Jay Z, 43 -- said her biggest hair regret is cutting her ponytails off as a child. "I saw my mom doing extensions, so I thought she'd be able to put them back on," she explained. "Thankfully I had separated my hair into quarters and I only cut off the front two ponytails. Afterward I had to have really thick bangs for a while."