Celeb Trend Alert: Is Short Hair Sexier?

Why are Christina, Jessica and the gals cutting it all off?
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Celeb Trend Alert: Is Short Hair Sexier?

Why are Christina, Jessica and the gals cutting it all off?

-Rachel Grumman

Hayden Panettiere

Recently, a slew of celebrities have lopped off their long locks and are debuting short new ‘dos – most notably Hayden Panettiere, who went from long, blond hair to dark tresses to a super-short blond bob, and then cut it all off! The starlet once told Us Weekly that she “doesn’t like being called cute.”

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Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Love Hewitt have also taken a short cut. “Although Christina’s bob is edgy, she works two of her best features – her eyes with a sweeping fringe and the textured ends of her bob draw attention to her voluptuous lips,” says celebrity hair stylist Kristan Serafino, who has worked with Elizabeth Berkeley, Matthew McConaughey, Emily Mortimer, and Meg Ryan.

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt’s natural wave and length is great for wash-and-wear short hair, notes Serafino. “The shorter framing around Jessica Alba’s face only enhances her natural beauty,” she says. “It’s the perfect length for the feeling of short hair, but she can still pull it back into a small ponytail. But regardless of the style, length, or texture, the reason these haircuts work for each celebrity is that she wears it with confidence.”

Being sure of yourself is key if you’re going to chop off up to a year’s worth of hair growth in a hot minute. “Cutting off your hair is a really a high-risk maneuver,” notes Maryann Troiani, a clinical psychologist and spokesperson for the American Psychological Association. That’s because, unlike dying your hair a different color, you can’t quickly undo it. But whether you’re a celebrity or a regular gal, sometimes you just need a big change, such as after a breakup or job change. “Dramatically cutting hair short can be the launch of a new persona – you’re freeing yourself from a feeling or characteristic you don’t like,” says Troiani.

If you’re itching to change your image by shortening your mane, follow Serafino’s advice:

Focus on your best features
Although soft, graduated layers are recommend for round faces to reduce volume and curls or choppy ends help downplay a square jaw, Serafino doesn’t recommend dwelling on your face’s “flaws.” Instead, she suggests talking to a professional hair stylist about a short cut that plays up your best features, such as bangs to highlight your eyes or cropped ends that frame your cheekbones.

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0 thoughts on “Celeb Trend Alert: Is Short Hair Sexier?

  1. Gotta say that nothing is better in the summer than a sweet short do! I definitely prefer my hair longer, but there’s nothing sexy about sweaty, frizzy too-long hair when the temperature starts to rise. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I’m with uptowngirl. I rock all kinds of lengths depending on what I’m in the mood for for that hair cut. But my hair grows fast so short cuts are not intimidating. I did short for the last two years or so and now I’m back to long and loving it. Although short dried and styled faster.

  3. oh my god like long hair is soo over rated and like..totally not ‘in’ anymore.

    FUUUCK NO. i love long hair and i don’t care if its in or out of style.

  4. I think Christina Aguillera and Halle Berry look absolutely GORGEOUS with short hair! My favorite look for Demi Moore was in “Ghost” when she had that pixie cut because her face is so beautiful. She wears her hair long now because it makes her look as young as Ashton.
    I’m 56 years old and would trade with ANY of you girls just to HAVE hair again! (I have terminal cancer.) But previously when I let my hair grow longer, I couldn’t wait to cut it all off. When my hair was very short, I had women stop me every day asking who cut it. I have big brown eyes and naturally blonde hair, and those short cuts made me look very striking and sophisticated. I always wore fabulous chandelier earrings (still do) that accented it that much more.
    It takes a special lady with guts and a don’t-give-a-damn attitude to rock really short hair! And one always has to wear bold eye makeup and brightly colored lips, or risk looking like a boy………

  5. I have losed my hair,as a result I wear either hats or scrafs…I have shaved what was left off. But I afraid to go out without a hat or scraf…help an old lady will you…I have a small head.My daughter whos is 30 say “go for it”

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