'Private Practice' Star Amy Brenneman Debuts Dramatic New Hair

10/15/2010 at 01:30 PM ET

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After battling a chronic intestinal disease that led to a shocking weight loss and then surgery, actress Amy Brenneman has bounced back and is showing off a pixie-inspired hairdo that is equal parts inspiration and necessity. “My hair was looking so weird, and it was growing back out in such bizarre different lengths,” the Private Practice star told PEOPLE while attending the Healthy Child Healthy World Gala in Los Angeles, “so it was either this style, or I become an Orthodox Jewish woman and wear a scarf on my head!” While her new look isn’t as drastic as a change in faith, it’s definitely one that required a leap of faith, which the 46-year-old actress took with an eye on a certain Big Love actress. “That Ginnifer Goodwin, she really inspired me!,” she said. “She is so cute with that short, short hair.” Though it’s still relatively new for her, Brenneman feels as if she’s mastered the most important rule of being a woman with short hair. “The one thing you have to remember,” she said, laughing, “is that you have to wear lipstick so that you don’t look like a seventh-grade boy.” Despite the potential pitfall of being mistaken for Justin Bieber, Brenneman admits that the short cut has had a positive effect on her self esteem, an aspect of her personality that took a serious blow while she battled Ulcerative Colitis. “It actually makes me feel more feminine somehow,” she said, “and even more young. I’m digging it!” Tell us: What do you think of Amy’s new do? –Reagan Alexander

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chrissie on

i saw Amy’s new hairdo on Chelsea Lately. You look beautiful Amy!!

D on

There is absolutely no style to this and its not flattering at all.. I feel bad because when you are ill the first thing people notice is what the drugs can do to the hair. I hope it comes back full for her.

Sash on

Love her so much as an actress, especially in Judging Amy. Did not know that she had been so ill. Wishing her the fastest recovery with whatever hair style she wants. She looks good.

akri on

didn’t know she had UC..wow…i hope she’ll be ok..i like her a lot..her hair looks cute. good for you amy!

Lucy on

LOVE IT – I am very feminine and my runs about 2 inches – – Amy you look great

Danny on

Amy Brenneman is an incredibly beautiful woman. She’s well-educated and completely brilliant at her craft. “Judging Amy” is a classic, and I just adore her Violet Turner character on the better-than-ever “Private Practice.” I’m so glad she feels confident and beautiful — she should — because she is! I love you, Amy.

Alexis on

I have always loved Amy, I just watched a rerun of Frasier; Amy played Frasiers girlfriend. I like her new do, I was sorry to hear she was so sick.

S.E. on

I always liked Amy’s curls. I think the cut works for her.

DJ on

I am not familar with Amy Brenneman or her work, but she looks lovely. I think she handled her hair problems in a dignified way. Better than putting on those fake hair extension or a wig.

helen on

oh no! she had such beautiful curls

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