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Ariana Grande's Permanent Ponytail Explained - by the Singer Herself

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Even casual followers of Ariana Grande’s singing career have noticed that the star definitely has one hairstyle of choice. It’s (as seen at left) a perky half up-half down combo that includes a ponytail perched right at the crown of her head, curled waves and combed-down bangs. And a cursory look back through the PEOPLE photo archives proves that she’s really commmitted to that do.

So because it’s the internet, and because the internet tends to be full of haters, Grande was taking some grief for never changing up her ’90s-inspired look. Even those of us who find Grande adorable (guilty) were wondering about the inspiration behind her perma-pony. And finally, Grande had enough of the chatter, deciding put it to rest with a rant posted to her Instagram.

Explaining that her hair was destroyed from years of bleaching it and dyeing it red for her Nickelodeon show Sam & Cat, Grande said, “My actual hair is so broken that it looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down … As annoying as it is for y’all to look at the same hairstyle all the time, it’s all that works for now (and I’m comfortable for the first time in years).”

Read her whole tress manifesto below, then tell us: What do you think of Grande’s rant? Did you realize her hair was so destroyed? Should she cut it all off and start again with a pixie, like Jennifer Lawrence? Let us know below!

–Alex Apatoff