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If you watch Counting On online, you know that Derick Dillard’s look has changed dramatically in the years since he first started courting Jill Duggar.

There was a time when Derick’s health was a major concern for fans, and while his seemingly dramatic weight loss still hasn’t been explained, the focus has shifted to a less worrisome change in his appearance:

For months now, fans have been rabidly debating the topic of Derick’s hair.

Derick Dillard Says Goodbye to His Long Locks
Photo via TLC

Yes, his hair.

Obviously, it’s rare that so much attention is paid to a male television star’s ‘do.

In fact, it’s rare that anyone other than Jennifer Aniston circa 1994 is able to make tabloid headlines as a direct result of his or her coif, but that’s exactly what Derick pulled off with his Arkansan Jesus look.

Der cultivated his mane while he and Jill were performing missionary work in El Salvador last year.

Earlier this week, we learned that the Dillards are back in Central America (and still eagerly soliciting donations from fans).

Jill Duggar and Mr. Derick Dillard

Derick seems to have have sent the message that he’s adopting a "new year, new Bible-thumping campaign, new me" attitude by lopping off his Christ Cobain locks.

Naturally, like everything the Duggars and Dillards do, the moment of truth was documented for social media.

In fact, Jill didn’t post just one photo of Der receiving what fans feel is a long overdue haircut.

She posted a whole bunch of pics of the occasion:

So what do you think?

Do you prefer the "CPAC attendee/future unsuccessful school board candidate" Derick, or the "I’ve come to offer you salvation, but first, check out this crunchy riff" Derick?

We’re guessing Duggar fans will gravitate toward the former, particularly as Derick draws closer to his 33rd birthday and doesn’t have to spend much time worrying about running afoul of irritable Romans.

As the folks at Starcasm pointed out, Derick and Jill’s bathroom hilariously features a framed photo of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar violatin’ those courtship rules like it ain’t no thang:

Jim Bob and Michelle Throwback Pic

You can practically hear the Barry White bass thumping in the background.

Or whoever the white, Christian conservative equivalent of Barry White is.

Pat Boone?

Whatever the case, we don’t think there’s any question that that was one of the nearly three weeks’ worth of nights that Michelle and Jim Bob made ’em some babies.