Kate Moss with short hair. I’m guessing she didn’t like it herself cause she grew it out pretty much straight away and has had it the same length ever since. But I think she rocked it short and she should do it again.
Kate in a Burberry ad with her funky short do.
Photograph by Mario Testino. I love this shot. Ok, so my goal is to grow my hair like Kate’s is here, with it long in front and leaving the back short.
What do you think? Do you like short hair on Kate? I think there’s a distinct shortage of models with short hair these days. Arizona Muse has been rocking a nice bob for a while, and then there’s Agyness Deyn… But I’m thinking back to the 90s now when Linda Evangelista had a great short style which she used to change the colour of constantly. I loved that! Even Christy Turlington went super short too for a while. You know me, always pushing short hair 🙂
Cutting my hair short last year was such a good decision. I’ve been getting the nicest comments too, such as I look younger and how much my cut suits me. I don’t remember getting this much attention when my hair was long? Makes me wonder – how bad was my hair? Short hair does save time in front of the mirror and it saves me money on shampoo, but it does require more visits to my hairdresser to keep it at the right length, but as I am not having any foils done, I still win.
Short hair doesn’t suit everyone of course, and truth be told, if I had magical powers, I would abracadabra myself the most amazing, wavy and luscious locks ever! Alas, I am no magician. Trends bug me though. It’s always the same, when long hair is in, I want to have long hair, and so I’ll start growing it out and, well… I’ll see someone with a fabulous short do and before you know it – bippity boppity boo – I give in and cut it all off. It’s hard work being a girl sometimes!
I read somewhere once that if you want to find the right cut and colour for yourself, the one that suits you best, then you should take a look back through photographs of yourself as a child. So I did that and for a long time, my mother kept it short because it was so fine she couldn’t do anything with it. Then as I grew older and started to do ballet, I had to grow it long so I could wear it in a bun for all those ballet exams. I kept wanting to cut it off, like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, but my mother would always play the ballet exams card. In the end, she would let me cut it into a long bob during the summer and I’ve realised now that my hair suits me best as it is, in a pixie or in a classic bob, and as I don’t have access to large piles of money for extensions, this is why I’m talking it up!
I’ve been saving images for this post for a while now, you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find a nice shot of a beautiful short do. I think deep down, most girls like to have long hair. But for those of us that can and do rock a great short cut, for whatever reason, when it’s done right it can effect your whole self. I often think of two of Audrey Hepburn’s characters – Anne in Roman Holiday and Sabrina in Sabrina. Both these girls cut off their hair and change their lives. Am I maybe going a little over the top here? Little bit.
My point is, if you’re someone who has been wanting to try cutting off your long locks but are too afraid to take the plunge, I hope that even one of these gorgeous short do’s has helped you to change your mind to do it! You won’t lose your girlish looks, in fact it can enhance them. Think of that gorgeous long neck you’ve been hiding all these years, or those cute and delicate earlobes? Even the shape of your face, your eyebrows, your shoulders can all be enhanced by a great short cut. So for all of you who that think you can’t do it, this post is for you.
So I’ve decided to cut my hair. I’m not going to do anything crazy like I did two years ago and get the clippers to it, but I am going to take inspiration from Michelle Williams pixie and cut my long bob into something like hers I think.
My hair has changed a great deal from what it was like a few years ago – back then it grew long ultra fast, and after having children, it had developed a nice waviness about it, quite different from the dead-straight pre-children hair I had. Then, after a three years of a lot of unexpected life changes and much stress, the result is that my hair has become very dry and is much finer and very slow-growing, the slowest it has ever been.
I how have an very healthy diet, one that is free from pre-packaged foods and almost exclusively organic, so I cannot understand why it is still in such bad shape. I guess what they say is true, that your hair is an excellent indicator of past experience and health. I think cutting it again will help it to catch up with the new healthier hair that I see is now coming through abundantly on my scalp.
I also realise that I have to accept myself for me which means that I simply cannot ever expect to suddenly grow hair like Julia Roberts. Julia’s locks have always been my dream hair.
I mean look at it, isn’t it just amazing? I’ve dreamt of waking up with hair like hers. Aside from her other wonderful attributes, she really lucked out in the hair department.
On the positive, Julia doesn’t suit a pixie at all. Remember her as Tinkerbell in the movie Hook? No, a pixie just won’t do for her. So the bright side of this is that by the end of this week I shall have the cutest pixie cut in the neighbourhood. Now that’s something to look forward to!
I have done much reading on the subject of French women and their hair and I have discovered that less is definitely more. The cut is far more important than colour and sans brushing is as much a part of their secret as is long layers and celebrating grey hair.
To my delight, I realise that I have been following this relaxed approach to hair care for some years now without even knowing it. Perhaps my French great-grandfather’s blood runs through my veins more than I realised?
Audrey Tautou’s pixie cut is a definitive look for her. It suits her so well, much like Audrey Hepburn’s pixie in Roman Holiday and also in Sabrina. A hair-cut can literally change your life!
I may be lax in self care from time to time, but hair care is the one thing that means more to me than shoes, (shocking, I know) because your hair is your mane and in the words of Vicki Archer on her blog French Essence:
“For the French hair is about the individual woman not about her age and the care and maintenance of hair is routine – not a cure to be taken once or twice a year. I have learned this from French women – look after the hair and the rest will follow.”
Jean Seberg and her Pixie and Jennifer Aniston and her famous ‘Rachel’.
No one will ever forget Farrah’s famous flicks and Louise Brooks broke all the rules of the day with her super short bob and blunt fringe. Hair cuts come and go, they take on a life of their own (read: the Rachel), they can completely transform someone’s look and a particular shape can become an icon on its own. Even Demi Moore’s short do for the movie Ghost became a hit (I know it was for me!)
A few months ago I got so sick of my hair falling out from stress from our move back to Australia that I took Hubby’s electric clippers and cut it all off.
I know what you’re thinking (holy crap!) but this is not the first time I have done this and so I knew what to expect. I felt liberated and cool (not in the Fonzy way of cool, but temperature cool because I had been struggling to live through my first really hot summer in many years and frankly, it was driving me crazy! Always sticking to my neck and forehead!
Cut to 3 months later and it has grown out into a nice little pixie cut. It’s occurred to me that this is all very fortuitous as the Pixie is all the rage in Hollywood right now.
Many leading ladies, starlets and models have completely changed their look by cutting off their locks. Most of the time it works too. Thanks god, because it sure does take a long time to grow back (that’s if you do it the old-fashioned way and forget about extensions).
Kate Moss cut off her locks for Chanel.
Katie Holmes increased her chic status with her long Pixie.
In Sabrina, Audrey’s character cuts her hair off is unrecognizable by the caddish David. My favourite Pixie cuts over the years are definitely Winona Ryder and Meg Ryan.
But it goes without saying that for me, Jean Seberg set the bar in the 60s with her iconic Pixie. Although an honorable mention must also go to Mia Farrow.
Is anyone else out there willing to give the Pixie a try? As I’ve always said, a change is as good as a holiday.
“I had just had my first real BREAK-UP, the first heartbreak. Everybody else just thought I had everything in the world, but inside I was completely LOST… I remember feeling, I can’t complain about anything, because I’m so lucky, I’m so lucky.”
Out of the many actresses from the GENERATION X-ers, Winona Ryder is the one that I remember the most from growing up. It was her movies that I identified with the most and so did most of my FRIENDS. Winona Ryder is arguably the best known ACTRESS of my generation and has made some of the most influential films of my generation. Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, EdwardScissorhands, Reality Bites, How to Make an American Quilt, Little Women, Night on Earth and The Age of Innocence. I admire her choice of film roles. Every film she has done has been really INTERESTING and she really OWNS her characters.
Winona as Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice (1988).
Some of her roles have been played out over and over again in my MEMORY – I cannot tell you how many times I have watched FILMS such as Beetlejuice, Heathers, Dracula, Reality Bites…too many times to count. I think I have taken a little of each character and made it my own over the years.
I LOVED that her Heathers (1989) character Veronica wore a monocle when she wrote in her diary, and I started wearing black a lot more after I became OBSESSED with Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice. And Lelaini, well lets just say that thrift store fashion became my new obsession. But it was the CHARACTER Finn Dodd that had the greatest INFLUENCE on me because I named one of my daughter’s after her. FINN became my daughter Chloe’s second name. I loved the struggle that Finn goes through, the strength she find within herself by seeking out the guidance of the MATRIARCHS of her family. The strength and empowerment ILLUSTRATED in the film is so important and very crucial in the development of WISDOM.
As Mina Murray in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1991)
“My career was gradual. I didn’t do a Pretty Woman movie where suddenly I was a huge star. I started so young that I never had time to be AMBITIOUS because I was already working. I never had that, ‘I’m going to be in the movies’, because I already was. It’s strange the way people throw themselves into STARDOM – and that world is not reality. What will you draw on for your performances if you just live in this bubble of Hollywood? . .. People who are OBSESSED with making it and salaries and box office, they have nothing to draw on when they do their work. It’s very apparent on-screen.”
As Kim Boggs in Edward Scissorhands (1990)
She has been nominated for an Academy AWARD twice by the age of 24. Winona Ryder has the gift of INHABITING her characters.
The House of the Spirits (1993) – Blanca Trueba
Night on Earth (1991) – Corky
Mermaids (1990) – Charlotte Flax
as Lelaina Pierce in Reality Bites
as Finn, my favourite of Winona’s characters.
Finn Dodd in How to make an American Quilt – STRENGTH without knowing it, knowing without being egotisitcal. Jo March, Lelaina Pierce, Lydia Deetz, these characters are forefront in my MEMORIES of Winona.
How to Make an American Quilt (1995) – Finn Dodd Reality Bites – (1994) Lelaina Pierce The Age of Innocence (1993) – May Welland
I am not going to rehash or go over the DRAMA that Winona has been plagued with since her conviction for shoplifting. We’ve all been there, i.e. done something we aren’t PROUD of and had to pay the price, no matter how small. Luckily for most of us, we haven’t had to ENDURE the world’s press and Papparazzi while going through it.
In 1991 Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp were the KING and QUEEN of Hollywood.
“Well, I shouldn’t complain! I had my first real relationship with Johnny, a fiercely deep love that I don’t know that I’ll ever. .. .The FIRST LOVE is like that isn’t it? I don’t know today. It was a real wild time back then.”
They were the Natalie Wood/Warren Beatty of their time. Winona met JOHNNY when she was 17. He proposed to Winona 5 months after they met. By 20, she was single, alone and HEARTBROKEN.
Winona went on to make some of her BEST films ever but eventually her constant work and not taking time out brought an end to her favourite actress status and we saw her tumble in the LIMELIGHT in a terrible and humiliating fashion.
Photographs by Steven Meisel.
Winona was Marc Jacobs MUSE for a spell, appearing in advertisements shot by Jurgen Teller. She is known for her passion for VINTAGE clothing and often wears her own finds on screen. In her latest role as Sandra in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee she brought basically her character’s wardrobe in her suitcase to the set. “I saw her as thrift-store girl because it was stuff she could afford, and also because I picture her really ROMANTICISING the other eras because she’s still searching or her own identity.”
Little Women (1992) – Jo March, gifted emerging writer
Eternally YOUTHFUL. The cover on the left is dated July 2009 and the second is dated January 1997. She still looks the same, she doesn’t look a day older, does she? LUCKY girl.
Alien: Resurrection (1997) – Annalee Call, android Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – Mina Murray, reincarnation of Prince Vlad’s wife, Elisabetta Edward Scissorhands (1990) – Kim Boggs, teenage cheerleader Autumn in New York (2000) – Charlotte Fielding – dying milliner genius
Hanging out, doing her own thing.
“I thought it was COOLER to be interesting than pretty.” – Winona Ryder
“If there are two words I would use to describe Winona, they are ‘ELUSIVE’ and ‘DISARMING’. she isn’t easy to pin down – for a coffee date or a straight answer. She is a great changer of plans. I sense that she lives very much in the PRESENT, in her own emotional reality, and she remains TRUE to that. ” Rebecca Miller, Writer/Director of Winona’s latest film THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE.
“She’s ECCENTRIC, her own person, with her own STYLE. She follows no one.”
Obviously a very strong and INDEPENDENT woman. Good for her I say.
I am looking forward to seeing more of Winona on the big-screen. I have MISSED her.