Katie Thurston is gearing up for the year ahead with a brand-new look!
The former Bachelorette star, 31, showed off her chic new short haircut on Instagram on Wednesday, posting a selfie from her car right after she made the big chop.
"A quick car selfie after this amazing cut by @jules_baker_ 🤍," she captioned a before-and-after post of her hair. "While I loved having a natural long look created by @colorbyally , I knew I was ready for something new in 2022. Such a talented team at @styleloungesd 🙌."
Tons of Thurston's fellow Bachelor and Bachelorette friends flocked to the comment section to hype up the reality star's stylish new look, with Kaitlyn Bristowe writing, "Chic af," while Emily Maynard Johnson wrote, "Love it! 😍😍."
Of course, Thurston's boyfriend, John Hersey, couldn't get enough of his beau's new 'do, writing, "I LOVE IT."
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Thurston's hair makeover comes after the bank marketing manager addressed social media users who continuously criticized her looks during her run on the 17th season of The Bachelorette last summer.
"Alright, I'm creating a new rule for myself. Anyone who wants to message me about my [hair] part, or my fashion or lack thereof, I'm just going to block you," she said on her Instagram Story with a laugh.
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"I mean, I know a lot of you guys don't have any hate about it," she continued, adding that getting "suggestions" on how to tweak her look every day is exhausting.
"Look, I'm just like your basic f---ing girl who somehow became a Bachelorette," Thurston explained. "But you know, I've said it before, and I'm going to say it again: It's not about the wrapping paper, it's the gift inside."
"And that's what I am — a f---ing gift. So this," she said — pointing to her hair and graphic tee — "doesn't matter."