CHOP CHOP!

Want to kick­start 2014 by shak­ing up your look? There’s no faster way to in­stantly trans­form your ap­pear­ance than get­ting a hair­cut. And we don’t just mean a trim. We’re talk­ing about hav­ing a full-on, scis­sor-happy mo­ment with your most trusted coif­feur

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With Hol­ly­wood’s A-list and the big­gest mod­els of the mo­ment lead­ing the way, lop­ping off long locks in favour of some­thing short and sassy is the hottest trend in the hair world right now. In­sta­gram went into melt­down in Au­gust last year when Bey­once tweeted a snap of her newly-shorn pixie look, com­plete with freshly-blonded ends. Kar­lie Kloss, Ari­zona Muse, Edie Camp­bell and Coco Rocha kick­started the trend on the cat­walks, es­chew­ing their long and lay­ered locks in favour of short, blunt-ended bobs and gamine pixie cut, while supermodel Naomi Cam­bell re­cently ditched the sleek weave she’s loved for years to show off a chic, 20s in­spired bob. Style chameleon Ri­hanna sliced into her mag­nif­i­cent mane once again to rock a retro mul­let, com­plete with shaved sides, just as hol­ly­wood sweet­heart and the ‘girl on fire’, Jen­nifer Lawrence has hacked off her gor­geous blonde locks to a cov­eted clas­sic pixie. So is the cur­rent wave of celebrity shear­ing re­spon­si­ble for the rest of us get­ting braver with our bar­nets, and con­sid­er­ing go­ing for the chop?

“There’s been a shift to­wards more brave, and avant garde styles of late,” says Claude Hachache, Style Di­rec­tor at Toni & Guy, Dubai In­ter­na­tional Fi­nan­cial Cen­tre (DIFC). “The ex­per­i­men­tal short styles worn by celebs on the red car­pet and cat­walk have be­come pop­u­lar in sa­lons, and in­spired women to try some­thing that gives them a re­ally fresh, new look.”

Mov­ing away from the long and lus­trous styles that have been the norm, and the im­mac­u­late blow dries that made Kate Middleton an in­ter­na­tional hair icon, the coolest heads on the planet are go­ing short – in all man­ner of ways. Clearly, un­less you’ve got a proper hair cut right now, your look sim­ply won’t cut it.

But while it’s all very easy for the pro­fes­sion­als to say short hair is the hot look of the sea­son, and su­per­stars with per­fect bone struc­ture and bag loads of con­fi­dence are happy to get busy shear­ing, tak­ing the plunge to ac­tu­ally lop off your locks takes a lot of nerve. Af­ter all, it’s not like you can just stick it back on if you hate it, right?

Ab­so­lutely, says the woman re­spon­si­ble for Bey­once’s shock crop. “It had to be her de­ci­sion. This was a big step,” says her hair­styl­ist, Kim Kim­ble. “She had great, thick long hair, which she cut off be­cause she was ready to make a state­ment that ‘I’m beau­ti­ful, hot, bold and I can do it all’.” Al­though she has since grad­u­ated to a bob, and was most re­cently spot­ted sport­ing longer locks again, Bey­once took the de­ci­sion to no longer “hide be­hind” her hair – a brave sen­ti­ment that could serve us all well for the new year.

Ad­mit­tedly, it takes plenty of guts to do a Samp­son, and cut away that layer (or lay­ers) of fem­i­nine as­sur­ance that’s been your friend for so many years. How­ever, if you’ve been through all of the ‘to trim, or not to trim?’ trau­mas, and are still con­vinced you’re ready to get scis­sor happy, what are hot styles to try? Toni & Guy’s Claude Hachache guides us through the coolest cuts of the sea­son:

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