The Biebs has swapped his long mop of bleached blond hair for a head of dreads

Justin Bieber has got himself a brand new hairdo and its caused the internet to have a major freakout.

The What Do You Mean? star has swapped his long blonde mop of hair for DREADLOCKS, and he debuted his latest look on Instagram over the weekend.

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The Biebs shared a string of snaps featuring his new ‘do and was a man of few words, only captioning the first shot with a single word: ‘Why’.

You’ll note that he didn’t even use a question mark, so we’re guessing that Justin had already resigned himself to the avalanche of criticism that was about to come his way.

Because people really aren’t feeling JB’s dreaded locks, with many taking to social media to share their thoughts on his bold new hairstyle.

‘Justin Bieber with dreadlocks is a big, fat, massive NO,’ one Twitter user posted.

Another asked: ‘Why have you done that to yourself?’

The hairstyle soon drew unfavourable comparisons, ranging from vegetables to Grinch fingers.

The controversial look has even got his die-hard fans all worked up, with one posting: ‘@justinbieber i will always support you but i do not approve of your dreadlocks omg’

baby remove the dreadlocks you look adorable but still,’ another added.

A third wrote: ‘Your best hair style was in Baby video.’

Some people even accused the star of cultural appropriation.

But Biebs was captured hitting back at those critics, saying in video footage shared on Twitter: ‘[People say] you wanna be black and all that stuff, I’m like ‘its just my hair’.’

So, what do you think of Justin’s dreadlocks – yay or nay? Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @CelebsNow!