My latest magazine feature is all thanks to my sister, Hilary Hayes, 44. She has thin hair that looked stringy as soon as it grew past her shoulders. She had been building this Pinterest board of short hairstyles for a year, until she called me one day and said, “I’m ready to cut all my hair off.” My reply? “WAIT! This is a great hair makeover story. Let me pitch it.”
Hence, this month’s cover story in MORE magazine, Find Your Best New Haircut. Beauty Director and supermom Genevieve Monsma loved the idea of Hilary’s short hair makeover and recruited two more women who were ready to cut off some major length. Shown above is Jennifer Saviano, who lopped off seven inches for a sleek and chic bob. She’s actually the wife of the amazing stylist who did all the makeovers, Nunzio Saviano. He did a spectacular job and gave great advice on how to find the perfect short hairstyle. I strongly urge you pick up the issue if you have any desire to go shorter.
It used to to be that once you turned a certain age, say 40, or became a mom, the trend was to transition to short hair, almost conceding to the fact that you’re not young anymore and are ready to sacrifice style for ease and functionality. Eventually, that iconic soccer mom bob got a horrible rap, with good reason, for lacking any sense of edge and being as cheesy as high waisted mom jeans and fanny packs. Exasperated with the uncoolness of short hair, women started to defiantly opt to keep their locks long, despite their age, and some still pull it off really well—think Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Anniston and Courteney Cox.
Now, short hair is back, big time. This past year, we’ve seen a slew of celebrities, of all ages, take the leap to short hair—Beyoncé, Charlize Theron, Robin Wright, Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence, to name a few. These new short hairstyles have a modern edge, thanks to a piecey texture, flattering face-framing bits and versatile lengths that can be styled sleek and shiny or matte and spiky. This surge of celebrities flaunting sexy, short hair has impacted all of us, shedding the fear that if you want go shorter at an older age, you’ll look stale and lifeless. Now you can have it all with short hair—ease, functionality and style. On the flip side, remember that long hair will always be feminine and popular.
The bottom line: anything goes! Call it a hairstyle emancipation.
My sister loves her new short hair and has a lot to say about not only how it transformed her looks, but also her mentality. I’ll post more details about her amazing makeover and some great behind-the-scenes shots next week.
After writing this More beauty feature, I started analyzing my own hairstyle and just recently got a hair makeover as well. It’s not as dramatic, but I bill it as The Best Anti-Aging Hairstyle Ever. Check it out!