If you’re *so* over dreary February weather, look no further than Jessica Biel for a glimmer of sunshine. The usually-brunette star just debuted a much brighter hair color, and it’s giving us warm-weather vibes! Earlier this week, the 35-year-old stepped out with beachy blonde locks and a new layered haircut to boot!

Unlike some celeb hair color transformations that seemingly happen overnight, this new look took 6 months to perfect, according to reports from Us Weekly. The 35-year-old’s stylist, Adir Abergel, spilled that he’s been working alongside renowned colorist, Tracey Cunningham, to gradually lighten the actress’s hair in order to mitigate potential damage. If you ask us, the juice was worth the squeeze: the mom of one’s hair looks as shiny and healthy as ever!

Cunningham posted a before and after Flipgram of the new hue on Instagram. “I have been slowly taking @jessicabiel lighter,” the color guru wrote, “but last night she wanted to go really blonde!” The artist also shared that she and her assistant “only had an hour to do [Biel]!” adding, “I felt like I was on a game show, and I had to beat the clock.” (LOL)

As for the new layers, Adir shared with Us that he “wanted to go a bit more rock ’n roll and make [Biel’s hair] into a long shag with face-framing layers.” He also told the mag that the bombshell has been growing out her bangs, which he made “…a lot more wispy and shaggy with piecey layers all around.”

Whew! We never would’ve guessed this look took *so* much consideration and time, given its effortless, summery vibes!

What do you think of Jessica Beil’s new haircut? Let us know @BritandCo!

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