Lena Dunham has been changing things up left and right in the beauty department lately! After making the case for long ombre locks that had her looking completely unrecognizable back in February, the former HBO star followed it up with a jaw-dropping color change that had us doing a double take. Yes, ladies and gents, the RL Hannah Horvath went red!

It wasn鈥檛 a decision she made lightly: In fact, she wrote an entire essay on the experience for Vogue, explaining the reasoning behind her major makeover.

As the American Horror Story: Cult actress shares in the piece, it was a change she desperately needed in her life after wrapping up a seven-year run on Girls. 鈥淚 looked in the mirror and saw a tired, fearful person; I was not the self-starting, sparks-flying dynamo I had expected to be at 31.鈥

She goes on to explain that unlike the stereotypes she鈥檇 grown up with of blonde (鈥渋nnocent and desirable鈥) and brunettes (鈥渟hrewd鈥 and 鈥減olished鈥), redheads symbolized something 鈥渁 little dangerous 鈥 eternal interlopers鈥 鈥 all descriptors that appealed to the struggling star. 鈥淲hile hair color can鈥檛 solve problems we need to solve ourselves, it can be a catalyst,鈥 she says.

Perhaps because of their rarity (less than two percent of the population is said to have natural red hair), the 31-year-old was drawn to the allure of figures such as Shirley Manson and model Karen Elson, who once said, 鈥淚t was the very thing that made me beguiling to the fashion world,鈥 developing an obsessive desire to don the color.

And boy, did she ever! Editorial colorist, Lena Ott, gave us a peek at her handiwork with a series of Instagram shots, writing, 鈥淚鈥檝e been sitting on these photos of the beautiful and vivacious Lena Dunham for months! Lena did the transformation to RED and writes about the fire she found within.

It鈥檚 a totally different look than we鈥檝e ever seen from Dunham, and TBH, we kind of love it! It didn鈥檛 last for long, however 鈥 as she explains in the piece, just 10 days later, perhaps emboldened by her new fiery hair-color, she made the drastic decision to shave it all off.

Well鈥 not all of it. 鈥淚 needed enough hair to remain a redhead,鈥 she wrote. 鈥淏ut close to the scalp, with a spiked peak, Annie Lennox style.鈥

RG from @jennikonner of my new relaxed attitude and matching lewk!

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Still, it was enough to give her the personal kick-start she felt she needed. 鈥淚 did feel brave,鈥 she pens. 鈥淚 felt an ownership over my body that had been given a jump start. It鈥檚 just like Manson says, 鈥楻ed hair trickles into each crevice of your existence, coloring everything.鈥欌

What do you think of Lena鈥檚 brief look? Let us know over @BritandCo.

(Photo via @lenatott, Mike Coppola + Frederick M. Brown/Getty)