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Miley Cyrus Chops Hair Off; Says She’s “Never Felt More Free”
Tue, 14 August 2012 1:35PM
My hair is both super-fine and rather, well, lank, at the best of times, so I’ve never felt tempted to go for the Big Chop. Truth be told, there wouldn’t actually be much to cut off, and considering my current lob was more than enough of a change (a tale for another time), going the whole hog and loping it all off is just not an option.
Unlike Miley Cyrus, who has just taken the plunge and chopped off her freshly coloured blonde hair into a cropped, shaggy-and-razored ‘do, courtesy of stylist-to-the-stars Chris McMillan.
She went from this …
To this …
And from the back …
Now, one could be forgiven if she thought that this move screams breakup haircut. Remember when Abbie Cornish and Reese Witherspoon did it? Coincidently this was both after dating/being-married-to Ryan Phillipe. And looked all the better for it, I might add. And then there was Katie Holmes and that fringe, which she should most definitely make permanent. But Miley was still happily flashing her engagement ring and has been spotted with beau Liam Hemsworth, so all seems to be rosy in that world.
It seems as though Miley was simply looking for a change – which is actually what she tweeted late last week, before counting down to the big day. Since then, she’s faced criticism, but says she’s “never felt more free” is “happy in her own skin.” You go girl. However the most important thing to remember about a drastic haircut is that it’s a permanent move. And one that will take a long time to grow back.
So before you head to the hairdresser, take these dos and don’ts into consideration …
- Do speak to your friends and family about it beforehand. Ultimately it is your decision, but it’s always good to get their thoughts, too. After all, they’re the people who know you best, and have probably been there through all of your bad hair days, too. And will share a wine with you if and when it doesn’t turn out how you expected.
- Do be realistic about your expectations and what you want your hair to look like. If you have long, black frizzy hair, it’s probably not a smart idea to ask to look like Miley’s here. I’m no fortune teller, but I can look into my crystal ball here and tell you it’s going to look a helluva lot different.
- Do ask yourself whether you’re happy to be so exposed. Obviously, having next to no hair means having little to hide behind. Those who best carry off super-short ‘dos tend to be those with neat, symmetrical features à la Emma Watson and Natalie Portman. Think about it this way – if you feel 100% at ease wearing your hair scraped completely back and off your face, you’ll probably also feel comfortable going short. Of course, if you’re mostly wearing your long hair tied up, it might be a sign that it’s becoming too much of a hassle for you anyway.
- Don’t ask for the cut when you’re fresh from a nasty breakup. Truth is you’re more than likely feeling a tad irrational, emotional, and a million other –nals, and believe me, it’s not a decision to enter into lightly
- Do get it cut gradually. Try a halfway chop first, and wear it for a few washes first before committing to getting rid of the rest. One of two things will happen a) you’ll either love it and want it shorter again or b) you’ll weep into your pillow for a few nights and desperately will it to grow back
- Don’t ask for a haircut when you are hormonal. The end.
Speaking of, a hairstylist friend of mine once told me about a time one of his good girlfriends came in for a cut. She was pregnant and had really long hair and wanted a boy-short cut. Even though he protested (along with everyone else in the salon) he did it, and then called him a few hours later in hysterics. Needless to say he’s never cut a pregnant woman’s hair since.
But if you still have your sights firmly planted on a shorter style, we only a little while ago composed a gallery of the best crops in the biz – go forth and be inspired.
So Primpettes, tell me. What do you think of Miley’s new ‘do?
Love it? Loathe it?
What about the Big Chop – ever contemplated it, or had a bad story?
Please do share.
PS. Thanks, Miley, for putting these pictures on Twitter.You’re a gem.
Posted by: Hayley Bennett