Are you considering a short haircut? Here’s what I have to say about that: Do it.
I know it’s a big leap, and women are often scared of doing something drastic with their hair. But if you have that feeling inside that you might want a change, that you want to go from long to short, I only encourage you to do it. I would never tell you to not do it.
The shock of cutting of your hair can take a while to get used to. Yes, some women cut it and immediately love it and feel completely liberated. But if you’re worried you won’t be one of those women, don’t let that be an excuse to keep you from taking a chance.
There can be a lot of doubt surrounding a drastic change, especially with a haircut, where you might feel like you can’t go back. Trust me—after about a week it’s like the old you is suddenly in the past.
Psychologically that can be a great thing for a woman. It takes inner strength to go through with it, and I’ve noticed that when women cut their hair off they start to dress differently and act differently. If you take the leap, you will discover new ways to wear fashion and makeup, and it can be very, very liberating.
Last year I cut a few girls’ long hair for the Balenciaga show—I gave them short, somewhat punky cuts. Instantly I’d say four out of five of the girls completely loved it. They changed the way they stood, acted and presented themselves. It was very inspiring to see that these girls had become themselves and taken control of their style. Even though they didn’t cut their hair themselves, they had made the decision to do it, and it was very empowering.
You can see it in actresses when they cut their hair. They become someone else; people perceive them differently, and I’m sure they get different roles in films because of that. Emma Watson, when she cut her hair, she went from a little girl to a woman, and she looked like she was in control of herself.
When you’re committed to the idea of a short cut, get as many inspirational pictures from magazines as you can. Get tons of them, even ones where the cut looks like it might not perfectly suit your hair texture. Go to your hairdresser and have a long conversation as you look at the pictures. You want to give him or her the idea of the feeling that you want, and then he or she will help translate that to suit your hair.
Once you have the cut, you start a journey of beauty discovery. Straight away your hair starts to grow and become something else. As it grows, along the way your bangs are going to grow into different lengths; your layers will different at different times. You will notice how your texture reacts. Along the way you might find your favorite length and style that you never would have discovered if you hadn’t taken that big chance and cut your hair.
It can only be a positive thing.
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These celebrity crops elevated careers, set wide-reaching trends, or even defined an era.
Celebrities who trade long locks for short hairstyles instantly create a stir, but the original haircut heard ‘round the world was when "Rosemary’s Baby" star Mia Farrow made the daring decision to chop off her long blond locks. The dramatically shorter style, which was lopped off by Vidal Sasson in 1968, shocked many of the actress’s fans who were used to seeing her flowing tresses on the popular TV series, Peyton Place. Farrow’s iconic haircut paved the way for many stars (and non-celebs) to take the short cut.
The "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" and "Roman Holiday" star topped her petite frame with a cropped cut that flattered her elfin features. She even managed to make mid-forehead length bangs look good. Hepburn exuded style and class in everything she wore and balanced it all with an elegant, yet simple, short hairstyle.
In 2007 the world was introduced to Deyn and her daring crop. The platinum blonde fashion model is a virtual chameleon, creating several fresh looks out of her boyish haircuts—from smooth and polished to spikey and messy. It’s no wonder that Vogue’s Anna Wintour once described Deyn’s hairstyle as “uncompromising.”
In the 1998 film "Sliding Doors," a romantic-comedy about how your life can completely change just by whether or not you catch a subway train, Paltrow played the lead character in two parallel lives. Naturally, she sported two vastly different hairstyles to reflect the choices she’d made in each life: a mousy brown shoulder-length cut and an inverted bob that exposed her swan-like neck and stole the show.
In her heyday, the supermodel rocked a short and sexy ‘do on the runway and in George Michael’s video for “Freedom ’90,” setting her apart from other supermodels like Cindy Crawford who sported the high volume hair that was popular in the 90s. But the dramatic cut didn’t come without an initial price—after getting the boyish short hairstyle in 1988, which wasn’t popular in those days, Evangelista was dropped from the big runway shows. But within a few months, the fashion world (and women everywhere) embraced her new look and her bookings picked up again.
The actress literally left some breathless with her closely cropped gamine cut in the 1960 film, "Breathless" (the film was remade in 1983 starring Richard Gere), which was a precursor to the iconic short cut Mia Farrow would get years later.
Although today she’s better known as a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model, Twiggy was dubbed the world’s first supermodel in the 60s. She helped set the trend of waif-like and slightly androgynous models with her side-swept boyish haircut and exaggerated eye makeup.
Brooks starred in several silent films in the late 1920s, but her haircut spoke volumes. Her famous jet black flapper bob became so famous that women could ask for it by name (“the Louise Brooks bob”). The smooth and sleek hairstyle is timeless—both Christina Ricci and Selma Blair have requested similar cuts.
The singer, dancer and actress not only broke ground by being the first African-American woman to star in a major motion picture, but she also took the short, sleek hairstyle and made it her own by sculpting the ends into flirtatious swirls with pomade.
In 2010 the "Harry Potter" star traded in her wavy auburn tresses, which she couldn’t touch for a decade, for a pixie cut after the long-running movie series wrapped, saying, “It was the most liberating thing!” Watson’s cut is clearly inspired by Mia Farrow’s and Twiggy’s famously cropped styles. Getting a haircut that defies convention? Hermione would be proud.
The former Spice Girl-cum-fashion-designer breathed new life into the popular bob haircut when she revealed her modern and edgy angled bob in 2007. Her signature cut spawned several celebrity copycats including Jenny McCarthy, Rihanna and Katie Holmes. How Posh.
Few celebrities can make short hair—namely, her pixie cuts—look as sexy as Halle Berry does. The Oscar winning actress makes her closely cropped cuts work for her, whether she wants her hair to appear smooth, sleek and sophisticated or tousled, spikey and edgy.
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