August 8, 2013

The Cut: On Opting to Chop

Editor’s Note: With Beyoncé debuting her recent new chop less than 24 hours ago via Instagram (you follow B on Insta right?) we thought it was time to revisit THE cut of the season. We first talked about this cut back in May… and all fashion talk aside, what this cut is really about, is power. Looks like the chicest accessory this season is courage, courage to be exactly who you are. Read on to see our short-haired-girl tips and tricks!


Karlie Kloss did it. Kate Upton has it. Emily Weiss loves it. They’ve all taken the plunge and chopped inches — yards, even — off their famous manes, arguably making short hair one of the best beauty trends this season. But it’s more than a trend, there’s a reason we love the chop.

The chop is all about the feeling of letting go, freeing up, starting over. Losing long layers and length makes us feel lighter both inside and out. We can’t wait to get our locks snipped off up around our ears to feel the cool breeze brush across the back of our necks. We’ll be running our hands through our loose and carefree ends, tossing our new crop around as if to say, “We’re ready summer, let’s rock this!”

Behind the scenes

If the thought of a fresh new ‘do has you running to the salon right now considering making the chop, here are some top tips from Steve Racine, Redken Artist and co-owner of Montreal’s Salon Odyssee.


The rule of thumb when considering a new hairstyle is to avoid adding volume in places where it already exists. For example, if you’re going for a short bob, neutralize a strong chin with a straight-across symmetrical cut or one that’s a little longer in the back. Doing the opposite with a graduated cut will only serve to accentuate your chin and draw the eye to it. Counterbalance a strong forehead with wispy bangs or a narrow chin with fuller layers toward the bottom of the face.


Making the decision to chop off all your locks is a difficult one and can seem daunting, but don’t feel the need to do it all at once. Racine says that by doing it in stages you can experiment with different looks over the course of several months, going from long to medium length to short, instead of doing it all in one fell swoop.


For a lot of women, making the cut means committing to one look all the time without having the flexibility of wearing your hair swept up in a ponytail or topknot. But Racine says with the right products, you can switch up your look just as much as before.



  • ([Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil], $50
  • ([Sachujuan Ocean Mist], $34
  • ([Redken Heat Styling Iron Shape 11 Finishing Thermal Spray], At salons $19
  • ([Bumble and bumble Sumotech],$32
  • ([Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy], $42
  • ([Oscar Blandi Texture & Volume Spray], $29
  • ([Living Proof Weightless Styling Spray], $44


*Karlie Kloss feature image from Into the Gloss
*Karlie Kloss image from Vogue
*Kate Upton image from Vogue May 2013

3 Responses to “The Cut: On Opting to Chop”

  1. KathyS says:

    A great look for sure! But new? Not at all. How long has Halle Berry been rocking a pixie cut. Those of us fab females who’ve rocked pixie cuts (not bobs) for years welcome B to the short hair tribe!

  2. Anne says:

    I’m sure Beyonce always had short hair, she always wears wigs and weaves.

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