Long vs. short hair: celebrities who have gone for the chop

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Jessica Alba surprised fans with a fresh new look over the weekend, opting to chop a few inches off her shoulder-length hair for a sleek short bobbed style. However, the actress is not the only star to have gone for a shorter length. On Monday Ellie Goulding revealed a new long layered bob, and recent months have seen stars including Kim Kardashian, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini choosing to cut their long hair into shoulder-grazing or shorter lengthed styles.

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Jessica Alba shared a photo of her new style on Instagram

Jessica, 33, flaunted her fresh new look on Instagram with a playful post in which she posed pretending to be shocked. "Uh oh someone chopped off her hair!!" she captioned the tongue-in-cheek snap. A few days later, Ellie Goulding also revealed that she had opted for a chic layered shoulder-length bob as she headed to a dinner hosted by Balmain's creative director Olivier Rousteing to celebrate the launch of the brand's first UK store. Ellie gave fans a sneak peek of her new look while she was getting ready, and seemed excited about her new look with one of the captions reading 'HAI HAIRCUT'.

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Cheryl Fernandez Versini's haircut was a "spontaneous moment"

Ellie is not the only British beauty to have opted for a drastic new style. Cherly Fernandez-Versini surprised her 1.3million followers when she debuted a 1970s-inspired short hairstyle. The 31-year-old had teased fans a few hours before revealing her new look with a photo of salon equipment with a caption that read 'Long overdue...".

The singer's hairstylist Paul Percival, told This Morning that although the singer had talked about going shorter for a while, it was in fact a "spontaneous moment" to go ahead with the cut. "She's the bravest woman in the world because it was in the changing room [at The Graham Norton Show]," said Paul. "We had an hour and we literally cut the whole lot off - 14 inches - and totally changed her look."

Across the pond, Kim Kardashian shocked fans when she stepped out for a pre-Grammys party with rapper husband Kanye West in February rocking a shoulder-length bob, a stark contrast to her world-famous long glossy black locks. Since then, the reality TV star has taken her dramatic new look one step further, changing her hair colour to a platinum blonde shade, which she unveiled during Paris Fashion Week.

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