Hayden Panettiere shows off dramatic transformation as she returns to social media

Hayden Panettiere is making a statement with her return to social media!

Earlier this week, the 30-year-old actress took to Twitter for the first time in nearly 10 months to debut a totally new look. In a stunning selfie, Panettiere shows off a short new hairdo, which features a partially shaved side and a silver-grey color.

"Channeling my inner #Kirby #Scream4," Panettiere wrote alongside the pic, referencing her character from Scream 4

Prior to posting the new pic, Panettiere had been absent from Twitter since February, when she shared a photo from a Duke basketball game.

Panettiere's social media break continued throughout the year, including when her now ex-boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence in May. Hickerson was released on $50,000 the same day of his arrest and pleaded not guilty. At the time, the judge issued a protective order stating that Hickerson had to stay 100 yards away from Panettiere. The pair, ET previously learned, went on to call it quits in June.

The case against Hickerson was dismissed in September, as was the protective order against him. The dismissal came after prosecutors told the judge that their office wanted the case dismissed. Hickerson's bail was also dismissed. 

At the time, a spokesman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office told ET, "The case against Brian Hickerson was dismissed without prejudice today. Our office was unable to proceed because we could not secure a material witness. The protective order also was dismissed."

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 31: Hayden Panettiere arrives at a screening of Freestyle Releasing's 'Sharkwater Extinction' at the ArcLight Hollywood on January 31, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson are seen on January 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 02: Hayden Panettiere is seen on August 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 22: Actress Hayden Panettiere attends the UFC Fight Night event at Bridgestone Arena on April 22, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Actress Hayden Panettiere is seen in Soho on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Actress Hayden Panettiere is seen outside Good Morning America on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Hayden Panettiere discusses 'Nashville' with the Build Series at AOL HQ on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Hayden Panettiere discusses 'Nashville' with the Build Series at AOL HQ on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Hayden Panettiere attends Build Presents Charles Esten & Hayden Panettiere Discussing 'Nashville' at AOL HQ on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 04: Hayden Panettiere appears on Amazon's Style Code Live on January 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Amazon)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 29: Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere attend The Daily Front Row and Faena Art Celebrate the Launch of The Daily's Miami Edition, Featuring Act One at The Faena Art Dome on November 29, 2016 in Miami Beach, FL. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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