Lauren Conrad Goes 'Real Blonde:' Is She Pranking Us Again? (PHOTO)

07/23/2014 at 05:10 PM ET

When Lauren Conrad debuts a new mane change on Instagram, we usually proceed with caution. The designer has a history of playing pranks on her social media followers — like that time she “went purple.” But we think her new switch-up might be the real deal. Her latest photo shows the star super blonde, and it definitely suits her.

Lauren Conrad blonde hairCourtesy Lauren Conrad

“Things are getting real blonde around here…,” she captioned the above selfie, debuting a brighter, borderline platinum hue. Judging by the photo, it looks like Conrad went for allover heavy blonde highlights, and is stepping away from her warmer ombré shade.

Perhaps she’s going for a brighter blonde look for her upcoming wedding, à la Jessica Simpson? Or maybe she’s just having some fun with her locks before the big day? We can definitely expect some variation on her sunkissed strands for her nuptials — after all, as she recently told PEOPLE, “I always return to blonde. I feel most me when I’m blonde.”

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The reality star celebrated her bachelorette party in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico last month, so her wedding to law student William Tell can’t be too far off. But a last-minute hair change is the only thing Conrad is doing that could be considered “crazy” as far as wedding planning goes — she’s not going Bridezilla or putting herself on a strict wedding weight loss regimen.

“I really love food … I’m not good at dieting,” she told PEOPLE recently. “I try to make smart choices, but just eat a little bit less.” And her exercise mantra is just as low-key. “I just like getting out, like going on a hike, going on the kayaks, going for a run on the beach,” she shared.

Think this lightened-up look is for real? If not, should it be?

–Brittany Talarico

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Tracy on

Dare we say, BASIC.

Norman Garza on

Blond hair or any color of hair or whatever, BEAUTIFUL.

DaisyMoon on

Looks good, but needs to lighten the brows a bit…

ImALadyToo on

This color will make her look like she has black roots as soon as it starts growing out. That’s why I do highlights every 3 months instead of overall color. In my opinion, it looks much more natural.

Gg on

Such a boring and washed out look but so was her color before. I don’t understand the fascination with blonde hair.

Marisa Beatriz on

I like it.

Daly on

Actually she changed it to a faker blonde hair. Real blonde hair is not platinum or white yellow unless you are a toddler it changes to a darker blonde tone. She looks better with brown hair. Be your natural hair color girls.

Brandi on

Reminiscent of her Laguna Beach days when her hair was too blonde for her complexion. She looks better with a dark blonde/honey brown color.

Lacey on

Light blonde hair with dark brown eyebrows. Yeah, looks real.

Eli on

The color is too harsh for her.

However, all the people posting on here about her eyebrows…FYI, I have blonde hair (naturally) and dark brown eyebrows. It happens.

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