Short hair is certainly becoming a “thing” lately with so many actresses deciding to make the crop from pixi cut to longer in the front.
I know there are a jillion different ways to style short hair, because once upon a time, Gad Cohen cut my hair to the shortest its every been.
And blonde too!
Here’s Gad’s expert hair advice in case you’re considering a short cut this summer.– S.H.
THE SHAPE SHIFTERS…
No, I’m not talking about a new Twilight movie here. “Shape Shifters” is a term I like to use for haircuts that can completely transform your look from one moment to the next, and then switch back again. And this is not only a great cut to get, but it is also a great way to grow out a super short haircut.
The best example? Jennifer Lawrence’s latest cut, which can go from sleek, chic, slicked-back hair to messy, tousled tomboy bangs the next. I like to call this cut “The New Gamine,” a new iteration of the Jean Seberg and Audrey Hepburn pixie that is short and tapered to the nape but leaves the front long and sexy. I think the gamine look gets its power of attraction from the dichotomy between the masculine and feminine in the cut. As a French Canadian, “ga” to me, in French, is a prefix connoting masculine, while “mine” connotes the feminine. So the essence of gamine is androgyny, drawing on the strengths of both sexes.
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Some other examples of great cuts would be Charlize Theron, Julianne Hough, and Robin Penn Wright, all attractive women who have broken out of the mold of standard sex symbolism. I don’t want to kvetch but I can’t look at another woman with long, long hair in a short, short skirt with high, high heels. That idea of sexy is so outworn… its stripper beauty. And because the new short cut is androgynous, it’s a style that men can wear as well, to get a more poetic look.
I know it can be counter-intuitive to think that it’s sexier to have short hair in the back. One of the biggest mistakes is when a woman says I can cut the front as short as I want but leave the length in the back. I mean, hello mullet! The front of the hair is where the real action is. A good stylist will know just where to cut to accentuate the jawline, the cheekbones, the brows and the eyes. And a longer length up front will give you lots of play room, to wear it with more volume, or sleek or higher up top, even peekabooing behind the ears just enough to give the illusion of length.
What many women don’t realize as well is that shorter hair at the nape reveals some of the most potent yet discreet erogenous zones on the body, the back of the neck, the ears and the collarbones. I know I said this wasn’t about vampires, but unveiling this area is the best invitation to where you want to be kissed! And if that’s not inspiration enough, what is? — Gad Cohen
Photos: via and Sharon’s personal image