By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

Just a month after tweeting that she loved her new blond hair, Miley Cyrus has chopped it off.

Celeb watchers are calling it "shocking" (GMA this morning) and "drastic" (Zap2it) and "Eeeek!" (Now Daily).

Cyrus tweeted a photo of her stylist, Chris McMillan, about to take scissors to her trademark bun. When fans started to object, she tweeted, "It's happening. if you don't have something nice to say don't say anything at all. my hair is attached to my head no one else's and it's going bye bye :)"

Now Cyrus is loving hew new lighter load. As she shared photos on Twitter, she wrote:

"feeling so happy in my skin"

"never felt more whole in my life"


"someone told me I'm prettier than Miley Cyrus"

To naysayers, she wrote:

"my dad @billyraycyrus used to tell me "opinions are are like (a--)holes every body has one" LOVE my hair ? feel so happy, pretty, and free

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