Lena Dunham poses backstage during Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 LIVE Summit at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
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This year has held some big changes for Lena Dunham, and it seems like she wanted to make some big style changes to reflect that. To mark the ending of her show Girls, Lena dyed her hair red.

But wait, you say. Didn’t Girls end in April? Lena managed to keep her hair change private, which is kind of a miracle in the age where anyone with social media can become the makeshift paparazzi. Hair changes can be an emotional journey, as we all know. Lena chose to reflect on that journey with an essay published in Vogue.

The essay covers a wide range of topics and references many different stylish redheads.

But the main reason Lena wanted the change is because she’s had a hard year of health issues and work.

She went on to elaborate even more.

The final look at her redhead transformation is stunning.

So, did going red give Lena the gumption she was sure it would?

It seems like the answer is a solid yes. Because she decided to cut all her hair off shortly after the transformation.

It’s nice to know we’re not the only ones who have deep emotional connections to our hair. Thanks for sharing, Lena!