When wanting to do something drastic with our hair, most of us look to celebrities for inspiration or ideas, then you talk yourself into it by constantly reminding yourself, it's only hair, and that if you don't like it, it'll grow back. Of course, for a celelbrity, the drastic change can mean drastic consequences for his or her career. I always support drastic change, being that I had long curly dirty blond hair, cascading to my lower back from the time I was a toddler until college, when I made the drastic decision to chop it off and dye it pink at the age of 18 (my mother would not let me touch it when I was a child), and I'll admit, while it started as an act of rebellion, it soon turned into liberation. To this day, at tweny-four years old, I still believe it was the best, most empowering decision I've ever made. Hair doesn't define who we are, unfortunately, others do define us by our hair.
1.) Keri Russell (Haircut - 2000):
Everyone remembers where they were when they heard that Felicity cut her hair! It was drastic, and it almost cost Keri Russell her job! "Susanne Daniels, the head of programming at the WB, thinks it was a knucklehead thing to do and says she doesn't want to see it happen ever again." Forunately, Russell stood by her decision saying, "For me as a person, hmm, well. For me, that long hair is how I was identified. So, it was nice to be out of that. It was good and liberating for me. It was great." Russell also admitted how it was authentic to the character, saying that cutting your hair is something a lot of girls do in college.
2.) Jennifer Lawrence (Haircut - 2013):
In 2013, actress Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar, starred in "Catching Fire," (Part II of the Hunger Games Series), one of the highest grossing films that year, and is up for a second Oscar for her role in 2013's "American Hustle," so it's perfectly normal to understand that the most talked about thing was her HAIRCUT! Now, for me, this is one of my absolute favorite haircuts of the year, not only because people made such unnecessary press for it, but because it is actually an amazing look for her!
3.) Michelle Williams (Haircut - 2010):
I consider Michelle William's 2010 style change one of my favorites because she was among the first batch of celebs to try it, and pull it off! Of course, we all remembered her as Jen Lindley, the new girl who stole Dawson Leary's affection away from Joey. I'm not saying that her short hair made her who she is today, but the style allows us forget about the stereotypical blond bombshell from Dawson's Creek and allows us to see her as a more mature actress. Not to mention, her short hair is absolutely goregeous and compliments her more than her long hair ever did!
4.) Anne Hathaway (Haircut - 2012):
Hathaway cut her hair for professional purposes. She starred as Fantine in the movie adaptation of "Les Miserables." Of course, not all transformations are pleasant, as Hathaway said that she volunteered to make the cut after getting the part, but was, "inconsolable," for days after doing it. Her hair nowadays is slightly less choppy than the picture below, and she has learned how to style her new look in a glamorous way that all of us fell in love with.
5.) Emma Watson ( Haircut - 2010):
Emma Watson has always been regarded as a trailblazer when it comes to fashion, it was no different when she debuted her beautiful pixie cut in 2010, after wrapping the final Harry Potter film, where her hair played a pivitol role in her character, Hermione. While the critics may not love it, Watson has said, "I think it's made me more bold, there’s no way to hide when you have short hair." Also making her a hero to many young girls who struggle with confidence issues; it takes a lot of confidence to have short hair, making it even more empowering! Watson has also said that this bold move has given her the courage to try other things out.
6.) Natalie Portman (Haircut - 2005):
Portman is another actress who cut her hair for a film, but recalls the most stressful part of the ordeal the pressure to get the scene done in one take, as there would be no, "Take 2s," because this moment was as real for her character as it was for her. Portman had said she loved the drastic cut. Although it is quite obvious that Natalie Portman isn't a woman who lets aesthetics define her or her career. Bravo, Ms. Portman!
7.) Justin Timberlake (Haircut - 2013):
Now, some of you may think I am being biast here because I absolutely ADORE Justin Timberlake, (but then again, who doesn't?) and happen to think he is the most amazing man to ever walk the planet, but I added him to the list because I think it is important to understand that hairstyles aren't simply a "girl thing." All of us remember the *Nsync days, because *Nsync was THEE best boyband of all time, (sorry to break it to you BSB), and Justin Timberlake, and his everchanging hair was hard to miss. Let's be real, this dude had a fro' and he made it work. Timberlake has gone through many styles, he did the buzz cut and cornrows, and has most recently debuted what people are referring to as the, "Suit and Tie," haircut, and it's brillian because it allows both old and new fans to see him as a more mature person; further solidifying the fact that this guy can do NO wrong. LOVE HIM!
8.) Hayden Panatierre (Haircut - 2010)
Hayden Panatierre has had quite the career in Hollywood and animal advocacy, so why is it that her haircut made more waves than her work in raising awareness about the cruelty ocean animals face? While this particular styling isn't my favorite (I prefer her with bangs), I think the shorter hair really enhances features that would otherwise be lost, such as her big, bright green eyes, which are hardly noticeable in the picture on your left. This is just more evidence to prove that when you have short hair, you can't hide behind anything, and in Panatierre's case, it definitely works to her advantage.
9.) Ashlee Simpson (Haircut - 2011):
Ashlee Simpson is no stranger to dramatic hair changes, the natural blond went dark brown as an adolescent, but quickly made a statement when she dyed her hair a beautiful red color, it was the red hair statement she made a few years back that encouraged me to take the scary plunge into red hair, and I have yet to go back to my blond roots. Simpson stepped away from her trademark red hair when she took another plunge, chopping off her long locks and dying them blond. While I absolutely love the new style, and understand the maturity in it, I still can't imagine her as anything other than a red head.
10.) Miley Cyrus (Haircut - 2012):
Miley Cyrus is no stranger to controversy, and she pretty much solidified her position as the Queen of Controversy when she debuted her platinum pixie cut in 2012. Now, while I don't usually agree with Miley's decisions, I do think this look agrees with her. It may have taken awhile for others to get used to, but I thought the fresh cut made her look young and refreshed. To some, it may look choppy and unrefined, but hey, the girl is 21, making her about 18 or 19 (depending on the month), when she made the drastic change, the age when most young girls like to experiment with their looks and experience new things, the only difference between Miley and any another 18 or 19 year old, is that she made the change in the public eye.