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10 October 2005
Charlotte unveils new look
By Richard Smith

Charlotte Church

CHARLOTTE Church has ditched her honey-blonde locks for a sleek brunette bob.

She sat drinking white wine and smoking while a stylist created the classic look with "chocolate and toffee" tones.

After the three-and-a-half hour salon session, 19-year-old Charlotte looked in the mirror and said: "I love it."

Boyfriend trouble may have inspired her to go for a different look. Only 16 hours earlier, she and rugby player Gavin Henson, 23, ended up arguing after a night out.

He wanted to go home but she wanted to carrying on partying at a karaoke bar in London.

But her glamorous hairdo helped put the smile back on her face.

A friend said: "Charlotte was thrilled to bits, she looked absolutely gorgeous.

"I hardly recognised her. She looks completely different."

British Lions star Gavin was supposed to join Charlotte at Gavin Alexander's hair salon in Cardiff Bay. But he ducked out to attend a meeting.

Charlotte had screamed at him during their night out when he wanted to go home early.

But stylist Gavin Alexander, 32, had no such problems. He said: "Charlotte's a pleasure, she's relaxed and down-to-earth. We have a good old chit chat.

"In the summer we went for the honey blonde. But she wanted a new look for autumn and said 'I fancy going darker'.

"The classic bob was my idea and the colour is based on chocolate and coffee tones. It's a chic, classy look and makes her hair appear so much healthier.

"It's also a very easy style to look after. Charlotte was delighted.

"I think her image is changing all the time. I don't think it's necessarily an age thing.

"I've been doing Charlotte's hair for 18 months now and she puts a lot of trust in me which is so nice.

"Working with her is a real buzz. We had a drink in the wine bar after to celebrate her new look."

The classic bob is similar to a wig Charlotte wore for a photoshoot when she appeared on the front cover of GQ magazine.

And it bears a striking similarity to the hairstyle fellow Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta Jones wore for her Oscar-winning role in hit movie Chicago.

But Charlotte may not be alone in sporting a new hairstyle.

It seems boyfriend Gavin is all set to ditch his trademark gelled spikes for a different look.

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