It's Back to Brunette for Katharine McPhee

04/02/2010 at 02:55 PM ET

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Katharine McPhee has gone (back) to the dark side. After transforming into a platinum blonde last August for her album Unbroken, McPhee went back to brunette on March 24–the day before her 26th birthday–for another work project. She’ll play a girl-next-door pharmaceutical rep in the NBC comedy pilot The Pink House, which shoots this month. “It’s always nice to have a reason to go back,” McPhee tells PEOPLE of the change, which is a rich shade of brown that’s a little lighter than her natural color. “I loved having blonde hair–it’s so much fun.” But there’s one thing McPhee won’t miss: “Blonde was pretty hard on my hair,” she admits. “I guess my hair is thanking me now!” Tell us: Which color do you prefer on Katharine?–Marisa Laudadio

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Tasha on

As a Blond, I think that is why her career stalled, if you will. I think she was much more marketable as a long haired brunette beauty!

Yuck on

This whole article makes me sick. Hollywood is all about keeping someone’s name in the press, no matter what the reason. It’s all about publicity and marketing. I wonder if SHE decided to change her hair color for HER.

deadbrokediva on

She’s back to brunette because the blonde thing didn’t help sell any records. No one likes a sellout, you know.

Larson on

I liked the blonde hair!! i thought it was cute on her!

Marla on

Katherine definitely looks better as a brunette. Her true beauty stands out when she sports her natural color.

Andrew Grant on

Stay brunette, girl!!! It’s the true you!!!

Marilyn Joseph on

Katharine has always been my first choice to play a character,Amanda McGill, in my novels. Glad to see her hair is back to brunette. Amanda is a burnished brunette, long with spirals (and also a soprano with the voice of an angel). One can only dream, I suppose.

Junie on

I don’t know what she was thinking when she cut off those beautiful chocolate locks. Not that it matters because whether she changes her hair or not her music isn’t selling. She’s got the VOCALS but her songwriters suck.

Pam on

In the article, she said being blonde, was pretty hard on her hair.

I am guessing they had to cut a lot of damage out of her hair, and once her hair/scalp is rejuvenated and can grow out, she will then be able to get a more flattering hairstyle.

Marley on

I love her with brown hair, but want to see it long and flowing a la American Idol days!

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