Connie Britton is known for many things: her twang, her ability to use the word “honey” without being condescending, and, of course, her glorious, flowing red hair. But thanks to a photo from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s memoir, Off the Sidelines, we now know that the Nashville and This Is Where I Leave You star’s beautiful head of hair wasn’t always so perfect. In case you need a reminder, here is what Connie looks like now…

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…and this was her in the 1980s:

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YES. These two people are Connie Britton and Senator Gillibrand, snapped when they were roommates (!) on a study abroad trip to Beijing, according to The Washington Post. Also, worth noting: Although her hair is totally loco, her face looks exactly the same.

So how does Connie keep her present-day hair so shiny and perfect? Don’t worry, she told us.