updated 04/08/2011 AT 6:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/07/2011 AT 6:00 PM ET
The Real Housewives of New York City are no strangers to drama, catfights and taking sides, but this season the ladies have taken their differences one step further – division by hair color.
“It’s just the natural divide, it’s like [the San] Andreas fault,” LuAnn de Lesseps, referring to California’s earthquake boundary, told PEOPLE recently at Bravo’s upfront presentation. “You just can’t guess when it’s going to split.”
The Countess is joined by Jill Zarin and new housewife Cindy Barshop to make up “Team Brunette,” while Alex McCord, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan are members of “Team Blond” – but Kelly Bensimon says her ombre highlights (dark at the roots, light at the tips) kept her firmly neutral.