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  • Justin Bieber appears to be trying to soften his image a bit and recapture some of that early magic in his career after a year in which he veered into punk look and was rocked by a baby mama scandal.

    He was spotted this past weekend wearing his hair in his trademark sweeping style across his forehead. He went with a punk, spiky style last year. And, that’s no small thing. His hair has been a big part of his image.

    “I just wanted to, that’s all, not really a big reason; I just woke up and said, “I don’t want this any more”, so I just cut it,” he said at the time.

    Bieber appeared at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week with his more original style hair cut. The 17-year-old was spotted again with the retro-do at friend’s house over the weekend. So, it looks like he’s sticking with it.

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    Girlfriend Selena Gomez, who seems to be going in the opposite direction, added some purple highlights to her hair. She’s gearing up for a South American tour.

    It’s always risky when a pop star changes their style, especially when they have a young, tween fan base. Bieber tried to go with an edgier more mature look last year. The move cost him 80,000 Twitter followers.

    Fortunately a small fraction of his 16.4 million Twitter followers. But in November, he was slammed with allegations he fathered a child during a back-stage tryst.

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    Suddenly his new look was working against him. The last thing he needed was an edgier, bad boy image. Fortunately, girlfriend Selena has stuck by his side and so have most of his fans. Otherwise, his career could have been in real trouble.

    As it is, the baby mama scandal is still hanging over his head. For unknown reasons, the pop singer has allowed it to fester. He’s refused to cooperate on a paternity test that is acceptable to both sides of the controversy.

    One thing is certain, the old hair style recalls a younger, more innocent time for the Biebs. Let’s hope he’s not bracing for another turn in his baby scandal.