11/29/2013 11:38 EST

Paulina Gretzky Looked Way Better As A Brunette (PHOTOS)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Wayne Gretzky (L) and his daughter Paulina Gretzky attend a game between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

We know we might get some flak for saying this but... Paulina Gretzky looked waaaay better as a brunette. (Don't hate us!)

The Canadian American hockey heiress has been rocking Britney Spears-esque blond locks for what feels like eons but the 24-year-old hasn't always been a bombshell.

In fact, the Maxim covergirl was sporting brown locks as recently as 2011, when she was spotted at a basketball game with her pops wearing a white long-sleeeve shirt and light-blue jeans.

Unlike the Hollywood hue we're so used to seeing now, the 2013 AMAs presenter's hair looked healthy and really, really pretty, bringing out the colour of her brown eyes.

The newly engaged socialite also rocked a reddish-brown hair colour when she promoted her first Flare magazine cover back in 2005 when she was just a shy 16-year-old.

Although we're quick to assume that Dustin Johnson's wife-to-be hits up the hair dye on the regular, we would be (mostly) wrong! While we're sure the Instagram maven gets highlights, the budding singer is actually a natural blond (check out the adorable pic of a tiny Paulina cuddling with Wayne Gretzky, blond locks and all).

So what do you think? Is Paulina Gretzky better as a blond or a brunette?

My, how she's grown up!

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