Helen Flanagan has been showing off her natural new look on Instagram - and we LOVE it

With her due date edging closer, pregnant Helen Flanagan has been preparing herself for motherhood with a more practical new hairdo.

The ex-Coronation Street star unveiled a cute shoulder-length cut on Tuesday after ditching her hair extensions for the first time in over a YEAR. Sensible Helen, 24, thinks her longer tresses won’t be manageable when she and footballer boyfriend Scott Sinclair have a baby to care for.

‘I was slightly nervous about getting my extensions out (I’ve had extensions in since December 2013) so I am so used to having them in!’ Helen captioned a photo of her shorter mane on Instagram.

‘I was a bit worried i would feel like i would have no hair with them out 🙈 but I actually quite like it! I naturally have thin hair.

‘With my baby coming in June I won’t really have time to have my extentions blow dried often (which can take a good hour) plus I find extensions hard to blow dry myself (to look nice) as it’s just so much hair.’

Good thinking, Helen! The actress has also abandoned her extensions to avoid any, erm, bodily fluids getting on them.

‘I’m sure if I kept them in i would end up with baby sick in them anyway 😄,’ the mum-to-be explained.

‘so this is why I have decided to take them out and give my hair a good break from extensions. Going to try and get my hair in the best condition possible and for it to be healthy as it can be and as thick as my hair can go.

‘Hopefully by May i will see a good improvement. I have @easilockshair clip in extensions that I shall use for when I’m going out and want to feel a bit more glamorous which I shall do posts of soon 💁💋 #mummyprep #minimalmakeup♥️’

We think that Helen looks gorgeous with her natural new look and it’s great to see how prepared she is for when her little one arrives. Over the weekend the former soap star showed off a pair of flat shoes she’d bought which matched her baby’s pram – stylish mama alert!

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Anna Francis