Yes, we are still on about Beyonce’s short hair
This week, Beyonce unveiled a drastic new look. Like so many stars before her, sheâ€™s opted for the chop â€” swapping her long, flowing, tresses for a bleached, pixie crop.
Itâ€™s quite a transformation. But here celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton â€” whose clients include Kylie and Elle Macpherson â€” explains why itâ€™s a look that can suit any woman, whatever her face shape or age, and gives his verdict on the stars whoâ€™ve gone for the chop.
â€˜The crop, as far as Iâ€™m concerned, is the little black dress of the hairstyling world. It can make any woman look fantastic.
Beyonce, 31 The ultimate pixie crop – shorn of her long mane, the singer is all doe-eyes and gorgeous pout
The two words I hear most when I talk about crops are ‘masculine’ and ‘frumpy’.
But the truth is that a skilfully-done crop can not only shave years off a woman. It can also make her look thinner, funkier and sexier.
â€˜When Victoria Beckham had her famous crop about five years ago we experienced a flurry of customers wanting the style, and I expect it will be the same now that Beyonce has followed suit.
â€˜As a hairdresser, one of the most frustrating misconceptions about hairstyles is that long hair is feminine and short hair is not â€” a myth mostly perpetuated by men.
â€˜Indeed, people assume that itâ€™s only women like Beyonce with delicate, fine features who will look good with drastically short hair.
They do look great, of course, but what many donâ€™t realise is that a crop can also really feminise and soften a womanâ€™s face â€” whatever her features and whatever her age.
A pixie cut will make the eyes look bigger and brighter, it will define the jawline, bring out cheekbones and elongate a neck.
â€˜On the more mature lady, when worn brushed away from the face and cut so that it sits behind the ears, a crop can be as effective as a face or brow-lift.
Charlize Theron, 38 Nobody could argue that Charlize looks any less feminine with short hair. This is an extreme example of the crop and probably too drastic for most women, but she looks sensational.
â€˜Evenly cut layers in a crop will add body and texture to fine hair while thicker hair can beÂ made more controllable withÂ longer layers.
â€˜Once the hair is cut, itâ€™s a very low-maintenance hairstyle to look after and will often not even need blow-drying. I advise clients to use a gel spray to minimise any fluffiness on the ends.
â€˜A pixie crop will, however, need cutting every four to six weeks â€” twice as often as long hair â€” in order to keep its precision shape.
Victoria Beckham, 39 Poshâ€™s cropped hair was, for me, her best look, as it was much more fashionista than WAG. I wouldn’t be surprised if she goes short again soon.
â€˜Any stylist will tell you that trying to persuade a client to part with her long locks can be a challenge, as there are so many psychological and sexual elements to a woman and her hair.
â€˜But long hair only looks good when itâ€™s bouncing with health and vitality and, unfortunately, that isnâ€™t the case with a lot of women. What you end up with is lank, long hair that just hangs there.
â€˜When a woman with long hair ties her hair back or puts it up she will nearly always look younger and fresher, so why not enjoy that all the time with a crop?â€™
More photos of celebrities with cropped hair below…..
Emma Watson, 23 This was about reinvention. AfterÂ Harry Potter, Emma wanted an edgier, more grown-up look. This style, held with gel spray, will stay put all day
Natalie Portman, 32 The actress looks like a teenager with cropped hair, but much older with longer locks. The shorter style is also more flattering for her round face
Rihanna, 25 She changes her hair all the time. This crop is probably a wig, but itâ€™s still a great example of how short hair can feminise and highlight delicate features