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