The pigtails are gone: Willie Nelson cuts his hair

Willie Nelson

Credit: AP Photo / Jessica Pearl

Legendary crooner Willie Nelson, right, performs with his son Micah Nelson's band, The Reflectacles, on Saturday in Maui, Hawaii.

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Associated Press

Posted on May 26, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 26 at 9:04 PM

AUSTIN (AP) — Country music fans have come to expect a little eccentricity from legendary crooner Willie Nelson, but he pulled off a real shocker this time: He cut his hair.

"Oh Noooooo!," wrote one fan who saw a picture of Nelson's new do on the website of Nashville television and radio personality Jimmy Carter.

Nelson's waist-deep, reddish pigtails have long been one of the singer-songwriter's signature features. But spokeswoman Elaine Schock said Nelson, who's been hanging loose in Hawaii, got his hair cut in the past couple of weeks.

Schock said the Texas-born performer didn't make a big fuss about the makeover and thought he might have grown tired of dealing with long locks. She said, "there's a lot of maintenance."

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