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Monday, 18 March 2013

Mum on the Run - To chop or not to chop, that is the question?

Our hair. It can be our crowning glory, or responsible for everything that goes wrong in our lives, from not getting that job to a horrendous night out. So often we refer to people's hair when describing them - "You know who she is, she's the one with the very long/short/blonde/shiny/dark/curly hair."
 
When I was last at the hairdressers, we were chatting about how it often seemed to be the case that women who experimented with short hair quickly decided that it wasn't for them and grew it again.  A straw poll in the salon drew a consensus that Halle Berry, as beautiful as she is, suited short hair better than long hair.
 
Long hair means so much to so many women, whether they use it as protection, for seduction, because it suits them or because they (or their other halves) can't imagine life without it.
 
I can't imagine how awful it must be to lose one's hair as a result of illness and I don't feel qualified to go there - so this is all about preference and in some cases hysteria when a cm too much is chopped off. We've all been there! 
 
With Jessie J agreeing to have her head shaved for comic relief (how amazing does she look?) I thought now might be a prudent time to look at those stars who had had their hair cropped and who, in some cases, had grown it again.
 
 

I know that she's paid millions, and I know that it grows back, but I thought that Anne Hathaway was brave in having her hair cut for Les Miserables.  I don't think that she's planning on keeping it short. It seems to be getting a little longer each time I see it which is a shame (if I may be so bold as to express an opinion) as it really suits her.


Ah, the lovely Michelle Williams. Her short hair is so much a part of her style which is chic, elegant, a little bit 1950's and very Miu Miu. I read that she kept her hair short as someone to whom she had once been close loved it so much. I assume by this that she meant Heath Ledger, the father of her child who sadly died.


Carey Mulligan is apparently unable to grow her hair long as it has been so damaged by extensive colouring. Whether it is true or not who knows but she's another (cropped) blonde bombshell.


Danii Minogue is a bit of a chameleon when it comes to hair in that it always seems to look different. Perhaps that just comes from having a good hairdresser and enough length to it to style it in many ways. I don't really think of Danii as a true "shortie" - just a visiting one!


After being contractually bound for so many years not to cut her hair, when Emma Watson finished filming Harry Potter, it's one of the first things that she did. This was a growing up/rebellious chop as much as anything else but not one that lasted - although again I think that it suited her.


Sienna Miller, she who epitomised the boho look for so long, was never a convincing shortie and as much as it suited her, it was only a matter of time before she grew her crop out again. It was great whilst it lasted!


Halle Berry did more for short hair and orange bikins in "Die Another Day" than anyone could have done for either, in anything else, ever. She just looked stunning.


VB's crop was the start of her transformation from the WAG of the Baden Baden days, to the fashion designer that she is today. Whilst she didn't keep her short hair, losing those long curly extensions was probably the best thing that VB could have done for her style credentials. Having said that, I love her hair now.


For a long time Winona Ryder had short hair but she is wearing it long again now. In some ways the look of long hair which is tied back is not that dis-similar to cropped hair. Everything is exposed and there's nowhere to hide. Again, I think that it suits her but maybe I'm biased.


In fact, I can't think of many stars who have had their hair cropped and who it hasn't really suited - and anyway that would be unfair to say so. On the other hand, I guess most of them think long and hard about it before braving the hairdresser's chair. So, what do you think. Would you? Wouldn't you? Have you? What would your other half think and would you ever do a Jessie J for charity?

Here are some girls who probably have enough hair for all of us!

18 comments:

  1. Natalie Portman looked amazing when she shavEd her hair off, with long hair she is just like everyone else.

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  2. I think a lot of women keep their hair longish to keep looking young. These photos show sometimes it's worth a try at short. I'd never crop my hair ( haven't got he face for it) but I did cut my hair into a bob from longish 3 years ago and feel younger.

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  3. I love Anne Hathaway's look just now-it's so pretty and she really suits it. She's currently my hair heroine as I've gone short after several years of sporting a boring bob! Although I also love Michelle Williams' in the pic you've chosen - I may take that one to the hairdresser next time!

    I think lots of women who would really suit short hair will never get it cut, because it's quite a 'scary' thing to do, which is a shame - I recommend going short at least once in your life - it always grows back much quicker than you realise, as my 5-weekly visits to the hairdresser will testify...!

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  4. I LOVE my short hair - I love standing out from the crowd:) Plus the Husband prefers it short these days. I think short hair can be really classy as one ages...Sharon Stone for example - and Charlize Theron looked amazing at the Oscars! I LOVE your hair short:)

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  5. I love Anne Hathaway's look just now-it's so pretty and she really suits it. She's currently my hair heroine as I've gone short after several years of sporting a boring bob! Although I also love Michelle Williams' in the pic you've chosen - I may take that one to the hairdresser next time!

    I think lots of women who would really suit short hair will never get it cut, because it's quite a 'scary' thing to do, which is a shame - I recommend going short at least once in your life - it always grows back much quicker than you realise, as my 5-weekly visits to the hairdresser will testify...!

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  6. I go up and down every couple of years, I'm fortunate in that my hair grows quick, but I know I suit it better when it's short but I just get a bit bored of it and my hair takes longer to style when short. Jessie J looks amazing, what a thing to do! I love Michelle Williams hair, it's the nicest look here for me.

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  7. Where's your picture Beth? You really suit your hair short and it does make you stand out from the regular girls who have their hair long (me included). I've experimented with shorter hair but I find that I feel a little more girly having longish hair whilst I'm dressed in a tomboy way. It's my way of balancing and softening my look. Then again, I do get to the point where I am nothing more than a mop top.

    I have to say, Jessie J does look amazing with her shorn head - I never thought much of her look before but I will be paying more attention to her now. All the girls look amazing here with short hair.

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  8. I've gone short many times ... I mean really, really short. But I actually prefer it longer. When ghds hit my world, I grew my hair incredibly long as finally I was able to style it in a sleek way (I have LOTS of hair!) It's also very handy to hide behind & if I'm looking tired or washed out, I reckon my hair will compensate. Halle Berry looks incredibly gorgeous with the cropped cut, as does Michelle Williams. But I have to say, I think Anne Hathaway looks way better with long hair ..sorry!

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  9. Thank you for that lovely blog! A lot of thought and work went in to it. And you hit the nail on the head with some of your remarks!I've gone through my whole life changing from short to longish but as I have such thick hair and am relatively small I end up being overpowered by hair. At the moment it's shortish but I'm contemplating a real crop when the weather gets warmer!(That's if I'm brave enough on the actual day of the hairdresser appointment!)

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  10. Hi Beth I cut my long curly hair short about 10 years ago! I did try to grow it back but get so fed up with the in between stage that off I go for the chop again:)
    ~Anne

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  11. Hi Beth, I've always had long- longish hair and only recently got brave enough to cut it off. Have to say I love it and since doing it so many people have told me I look 10 years younger and that I should keep it like this! What did I look like before!?!?! I am an advocate for short hair. x

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  12. I'd always had long, one length hair, no fringe as I was a ballet dancer but about 6 years ago I got brave enough to crop it and I haven't looked back! It was Alyssa Milano from Charmed that I copied as she looked so great with her really short crop! I think Charleze Theron looked amazing at the Oscars with her crop, I hope she doesn't grow it out.

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  13. Also, my 14 year old daughter has short hair (a bit like Anne Hathaways) and she loves the fact that she's the only girl in her entire school with short hair! She says the others all have a variation of the same haircut! Long, either with or without a fringe and either straight or wavy! No individuality!

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  14. The longest my hair has ever been was shoulder length when I was 7 years old. My mum then got it all chopped off and I was mistaken for a boy for years after! It's always been varying degrees of short since. I'm currently trying to grow it to jaw length on one side only for an asymetric look - I'm just fed up with an all over crop. I'm not one to conform anyway - my hair is dyed shades of blue and turquoise through the front!!

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  15. I cut my curly mid length hair after having kids and i loved it!! was a little like halle berrys....then whilst on hols last yr i decided to do a jesse j and i shaved it all off....vvvv liberating and god was it so easy to maintain! at mo...its growing into a short v curly bob a little like tuppence midleton(sorry im rubbish with the computer so ull have to google image her!).I thoroughly agree with u on the above ...think they all look amazing with short hair......and did u see Charlize Theron at the oscars......AMAZING!! .LOVE THE BLOG BTW XX HELEN CORK

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  16. Asa fellow 'shortie' I always admire both your's and Poppy's Styles do's :-)

    I am a HUGE Michelle Williams fan and her photo more often than not accompanies me to the hair dressers. x

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