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
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: