RIP To Ariana Grande’s Ponytail In The New ‘Thank U, Next’ Video

As if the first “Thank U, Next” video wasn’t enough, Ariana Grande released an alternate version. To celebrate the launch of her new fragrance of the same name, the video pays homage to the iconic movie, Mean Girls, again, but this time, with a twist.

What fragrance did Ariana Grande release?

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Ariana Grande performs on stage | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AG

Grande’s partnership with Luxe Brands makes her new scent, Thank U, Next (the fragrance), exclusive to Ulta Beauty. This proves she’s having the best year, honestly.

What does it smell like? According to Ulta’s page, Thank U, Next Eau de Parfum, is composed of “white pear, white raspberry, creme de coconut, pink rose petals, macaroon sugar, and velvet musk” layers.

Grande, who is on tour, promises the scent is “optimistically outspoken” and “playful yet cool.” This is the fragrance for you if you’re, “moving on and looking up.”

“I wanted to make a fragrance that smells related to my first fragrance Ari but more summery, so I revisited Ari’s fruity pear and raspberry notes and changed it up by adding some coconut,” Ariana said in a statement about the fragrance.

“I was inspired to design a bottle that represented the message of my song ‘thank u next’—the emergence of the perfume from the broken heart represents moving forward from a challenging chapter.”

How is this video different from the original?

At first glance, the perfume-focused “Thank U, Next” video looks similar. Both are Mean Girls-inspired, and both poke fun at Grande.

The original “Thank U, Next” video featured many cameos. Mean Girls stars Jonathan Bennett (Aaron Samuels) and Stefanie Drummond (Bethany) stir up the drama, while Kris Jenner makes her video debut.

The fragrance version is shorter, with no cameos, focusing mostly on marketing the perfume.

“I heard she sings to a rose garden every day,” one student says in the new video. “They get, like, a private concert.”

Another student chimes in while coming down the stairs. “Well, I heard she swam with actual mermaids in the Bermuda triangle and convinced them to give her the velvety musk of their new sea god.”

Even Grande gets in on the action, dressed in a cheerleading outfit a ‘la Bring It On. She says, “Honestly, I’m not the biggest Ariana Grande fan, but I do hear the new fragrance is somewhat promising.”

The icing on the video cake is when the first student adds, “Rumor is she put part of her ponytail in it.” The words are followed by a shot of Grande snipping the ends of her famous ponytail. Gasp!

Does Ariana Grande’s ponytail survive?

Seeing as she only cut the very ends, it’s likely her iconic ponytail is still intact. If you need a little more reassurance, her Instagram photos show her long locks perfectly polished. Breathe easy, Arianators. Her ponytail lives to see another day.