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Niall Horan Has Officially Retired His Most Iconic One Direction Look

New year, new Niall

Niall Horan has laid to rest his signature One Direction hair. My condolences, 1D fans.

On Wednesday (January 25), photographers captured indisputable proof that Niall is, in fact, no longer blond. He's experimented with darker 'dos over the months — more recently, only his front bangs remained bleach-blond — but now he's completed the transition into a full-blown brunette. Behold:

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If you add a baseball cap and sunglasses, he'd be almost unrecognizable. It's such a major change from his baby-faced days on X Factor, as you can see from the basically ancient photo below.

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They grow up so fast! *wipes tear*