If you haven't noticed, Hollywood has been trading in its long, flowing locks for chic, short hairstyles. From Beyoncé's epic hair reveal on Instagram to Jennifer Aniston's bob and, most recently, Jennifer Lawrence's pixie, now's the time to try out a new look. If you're scared to go for the big chop, we caught up with Herbal Essences Celebrity Stylist Charles Baker Strahan to hear his thoughts on the new short hair trend.
All of us get scissor-happy at one time or other. You see a great haircut on someone else and think, "I could totally pull that off!" Then, you're in the hairdresser's chair before you can say, "wrong face shape." But not every dramatic cut goes terribly wrong. Some of us are born to wear our hair short, and plenty of celebrities have seen their careers skyrocket after chopping off their long locks.
Long hair will always be beautiful, but there are loads of great short 'dos that prove there is more to life than Rapunzel lengths (at least for some of us). For a bit of haircut inspiration, take a look at our gallery of celebrities who've gone for the chop. We've decided which ones we think look best with long hair, those who rock a short cut, plus the lucky souls who can pull off any length they like. Keep clicking to see if you agree with our verdicts.
Shockwaves hit the beauty world when hair icon Jennifer Aniston debuted her new bob haircut. We caught up with the star's mane man, Chris McMillan, who is responsible for creating Jennifer's new style. See what he has to say about the cut and why Hollywood seems to be embracing shorter-hair trend, too.
POPSUGAR: What made you and Jennifer decide to go with a new, shorter cut?
Chris McMillan: Jen just wanted a change! We had been toying with the idea for a while and just decided to go for it.
PS: How would you describe the cut?
CM: The cut is a really chopped up A-line bob. We are calling it the unprecious bob. The hair has long pieces in the front and is shorter in the back. It is very piecey with tons of layers, but no hard edges.
PS: First there was the long bob, and now we have been seeing a lot of bobs lately. What do you think is making Hollywood continue to go shorter?
CM: I love short hair! A lot of the women I work with, both on the red carpet and at my salon, have been asking for short cuts lately. I think women want hair that is easy to style but still looks great. Cuts like this bob are perfect for that. Honestly, you don’t even need to blow-dry the hair!
PS: What makes the bob a great cut?
CM: How easy it is! Jen has been applying Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment ($26) to wet hair and letting it air dry. The product adds volume, conditions, and gives it a shine — that's all you need!
PS: What do people need to consider if they want go for a chin-length cut?
CM: Just go for it. It will always grow back!
The lob had its moment back in the Spring, but a new season calls for a new style, right? Well, if Beyoncé, Karlie Kloss, and Nicole Richie are any indication, the asymmetrical bob is poised to take over as the new haircut supreme. The great part about this style is its versatility, as you can tailor it to your own personal style. Looking for a classic shape? Keep it short in the back and a bit longer in the front. Want something with a little more edge? Have one side longer than the other. The possibilities are limitless. Now, flip through our list of celebrity inspiration and find your perfect style. Fall is just around the corner!
An end-of-Summer crop is standard practice, but Shailene Woodley has taken it a step further. The actress recently cut her hair in preparation for her role as a cancer patient in the new film The Fault in Our Stars. But instead of just letting her locks hit the salon floor like so many before her, Shailene has donated her length to Children With Hair Loss. The organization takes cuts of eight inches or more and crafts them into wigs for children who have lost their hair. Unlike other wig-providing charities, Children With Hair Loss doesn't charge for its wigs, making it a stellar option for Shailene's hair.
"It's really awesome because there's no upkeep," Shailene explained to People StyleWatch of her new look. "It dries in two seconds and it's nice not to spend a lot of time getting ready." While Shailene admits she'd like to go even shorter, as in buzzing it all off, she doesn't think that would fly with the powers that be. "I want to go short like Natalie Portman did in V for Vendetta. That would be so cool and liberating," she said.
Think you want to follow in Shailene's footsteps for your next cut? Children With Hair Loss accepts donations of eight inches or more. So go on and cut!
— Additional reporting by Jaime Richards
Believe it or not, cutting your own hair at home isn't as crazy of an idea as it actually seems. But before you go reaching for your plastic coated safety scissors, there are some definite tips you need to remember. Never fear, we have your go-to guide right here:
- Don't go it alone if you can. Ask a friend or a roommate that you trust to even out the hard-to-reach places, like the back, for you. And never cut too much. Think: a very subtle trim.
- Don't get too fancy. Cutting in layers and angles isn't the kind of thing you want to do haphazardly, and they require technique, so keep your first couple cuts to a single length. Leave the advanced cuts to your stylist.
- Use your fingers as a guide. It's easy to accidentally angle your scissors up or down, creating weird holes and gaps in your hair. So hold the sections you're cutting parallel between your fingers to help keep your shears even. Tip: instead of cutting straight across, consider chipping into the hair by holding your shears perpendicular to your fingers. This will give you a softer, more natural finish.
- If you want something truly simple, this is probably the easiest way to cut hair if it's wet: flip your head over, brush it out, and then cut in a straight line all the way across. It'll create a bit of movement without a harsh line.
- Keep the sections you're working on small, and longer than you think you'll want them — it's always better to have a little more hair you can even out later. And if your hair has even a little curl, it'll be a good deal shorter when it dries. In fact, the curlier your hair, the longer you should leave it if you're nervous about overcutting.
Rihanna, Miley, Beyoncé, and now Coco Rocha! The model took to Twitter and Instagram today to give a step-by-step evolution of her new pixie cut featuring shorter hair on the sides. Stylist Anh Co Tran was the man behind the big chop, but her husband, James Conran, also got a few snips in. We know Coco isn't afraid to take hair risks, considering she often changes her color from pink to brunette and back to red. And now she joins a slew of stars trying the undercut trend this Summer. See her go from extralong locks to short and sassy, and learn how to get her look, after the jump.
Need some style inspiration when it comes to your kiddos' coifs? These seven pint-size style-setters aren't afraid to take hair-raising risks! Check out some of the boldest, most creative looks sported by celebrity kids — from Kingston Rossdale's neon spikes to Suri Cruise's supershort bangs.
In the beauty world, your face shape can determine many things from your next haircut to your makeup tactics. Finding the correct measurement is a simple equation of proportions. While the most common shape is oval, others include round, square, triangle, diamond, and heart. Want to find out what category you fall into? Grab a mirror and follow these simple steps to discover your personal shape when you keep reading.
Who needs a sleeve when you can wear your heart on the top of your head! While some tots will be sporting their Valentine's love with their clothes, lil ones with long manes can fashion their hair into the ultimate symbol of love with a heart braid. Cozy Friedman of New York's Cozy's Cuts for Kids and the author of Cozy's Complete Guide to Girls' Hair ($9), shared the sweet holiday look with us. If you know how to create a French braid and have 15 minutes to spare, your child can sport this sweet style. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.
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