It’s been said that a good haircut can change your life. If you believe that, you probably need more than a trim, but that’s not to say letting go of your locks isn’t at all liberating. In the ’20s, rib-splintering corsets were replaced by brassieres, pants were tossed for thigh-skimming pinafores, and lofty bouffants gave way to short bobs. From your clothes to your cut, the message was clear: the shorter, the sprightlier. Such dos embody as much moxie today too. Personally, I’m chicken and just can’t, er, put my neck out there. I’ve had long hair since I can remember and my tresses likely won't touch the ground until I do. A few other once life-long-haired ladies here at NYLON
, however, were craving a change, and so they went under the scissors to see if short is really any sweeter. SAMANTHA GILEWICZ TRACY : SHORT ’N’ SHAGGY
I have had long hair since middle school and have cut it here and there, but it has pretty much remained mid-chest for the majority of my life. Then, when I moved to New York two years ago, I decided to grow it out super long. I loved having hippyish, mermaid hair ’cause I loved the messy flowy feeling. But then I realized I hadn't gotten a trim in about two years so I was forced to get a healthy haircut. Also, I have to admit, Sienna Miller on the cover of NYLON
really made me play with the idea of cutting all my hair off. After asking everybody’s opinion, I decided to just do it. One of my friends had said that I was the girl with the long luscious locks, I decided I didn't want to be defined by my hair, and when I found the ad of Natalia Vladinova for Calvin Klein, it sealed the deal. I chopped 12 inches off! It’s almost creepy how much I love it. Even though I have been called a young Tony Hawk by a couple of friends, I take it as a compliment… I mean, I love skater boys!The handyman: Tommy Buckett, Sally Hershberger
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People talk about the break-up haircut, right? Well, this haircut is pre-break-up haircut! I swear—when I was in college and my boyfriend and I broke up, I got this exact haircut about a month before, and this time, this haircut preceded a break-up. In any case, four years ago, I chopped my hair off like a boy, and then grew it out till it was SUPER LONG. Looking for the same sort of fix, I went to Michele Fiona at Bumble and Bumble and it was love at first sight—she RULES! She used to work at a salon called Cowboys and Angels (which is the coolest name, by the way), and now she cuts the hair of tons of awesome musicians including the Citizen's Band. Back to the haircut, we decided to just take off a little, a nice trim, but being as compulsive as I am, I went home and cut it more myself a few days later! Oh! Did I mention that I haven't let anyone beside myself cut my hair in seven years? So, uh yeah, this was a big deal. The rock star stylist: Michelle Fiona, Bumble And Bumble
415 W. 13th St.
New York, NY
tel. 212-521-6500bumbleandbumble.com THE NIKKI : BIG CITY BOB
When I moved to New York I looked around I noticed that blondes are few and far between. I have been blonde my entire life. I went to college in Florida and joined a sorority… obviously the long blonde hair was there to stay. I moved to New York in December and the bright blonde look stuck out in the dead of winter. Due to intern wages, I wasn't able to get my hair done. By the time April rolled around it was just scary—inch-long roots don't look good on anyone. I needed a makeover, to stop looking like I just walked out of a frat party. I cut my hair from mid-chest to my chin. And I love it! I didn't realize how dead and dull my hair had been looking. Then a few weeks later I made another drastic change—I went brunette! I feel like I have a more sophisticated look, but the guys I know still don't understand why I did it, especially my dad. The short muses: Ryan Cotton, Rare
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