Lauren Alaina has decided that a new year should bring a new look. The 2011 'American Idol' runner-up has changed her hair color from blonde to brunette.

Alaina used her social media accounts to officially show off her brown tresses to her fans. She debuted the change on her Instagram account, after a short Instagram hiatus. The 19-year-old was missing in action from the photo app for about two weeks before she revealed the hairstyle and credited her new hair color for finally remembering her password.

This silly photo shows Alaina's hair accenting her bright blue eyes. Fans are responding well. They left comments under the image calling her "beautiful," "gorgeous" and saying they "love" the change.

The young singer has dealt with a lot of changes since the 'Idol' finale. She released her debut album, graduated from high school and has been very busy writing songs for her upcoming sophomore album.

Last fall, she debuted a song near and dear to her heart called 'Same Day, Different Bottle.' It's one she wrote about her dad's struggle with alcoholism. This was her very first time opening up about his drinking and she did so at the CMT Next Women of Country event.

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