Cheryl ColeBritish superstar Cheryl Cole hasn't exactly had her best year ever.

After being fired from X Factor, reportedly because of her accent, which some said was difficult to understand, Cole did what many women do in times of trouble ...

She radically changed her hairstyle.

Once a ubiquitous long-haired brunette, Cheryl emerged for her 28th birthday with new, golden locks and a radical bob, one that we at The Stir can't stop talking about.

Sure we've all seen asymmetrical bobs before -- but rarely have I seen one quite so ... long in the front.

And I can't decide if I like it.

What about you?

You can check out another angle of the 'do -- and see a 'before' pic -- here.

I definitely love the color on Cheryl -- it makes her a standout, and now that I see her with blonde hair, I think it's safe to say that her brown hair was doing nothing for her.

The bob looks good on her, too, but I just wonder if that extreme front length takes away from the overall effect. It's so very long that it takes attention away from everything else. I just can't stop staring at that long hank of hair in the front.

At any rate, I hope the radical change helps Cheryl move on from the embarrassment of getting publicly sacked.

What do you think of her bob? Love it or loathe it?

 

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