Style and Beauty Editor
The Short List
Three Reasons to Cut Your Hair Right Now!
-Lois Joy Johnson
I once cut off my hair after a bad breakup, and it was liberating. And that’s the first thing long-haired celebrities are saying now as they go for the big chop. Somehow all that long hair starts looking and feeling kind of tired and tacky, extensions seem absurd and all those hours of flat-ironing and straightening feel like wasted time.
Celebs aren’t the only ones–more and more of us are going short, and these are the top three reasons I’m hearing:
*It’s the best way to get rid of the damage that all those years of heat styling and color applications have inflicted.
*Shorter hair looks newer and chicer (everyone deserves an up-to-date look).
*It’s an instant pick-me-up after a breakup (with a guy or your employer!).
A medium-length blunt cut that hits an inch or two above the shoulders now has all the glamour that long hair used to provide. Gwyneth Paltrow kicked off the trend last year, and now we’re seeing Anne Hathaway and Reese Witherspoon, too. Even perennially long-locked Liv Tyler quickly snipped and acquired the serious sophistication of a young Liz Taylor or Marilyn Monroe…and it’s all about the hair.
Katie Holmes, Victoria Beckham, and Hilary Swank leaped to boyish crops and pixie cuts, but let’s be honest, that’s hard to pull off unless you have a chiseled jaw and long neck like they do, or the dramatic height or a toned body like model Agyness Deyn and Olympic swimmer Dana Torres.