Celebs with short hairstyles that stunned us all

Michelle Williams, 2017

BY BRITTANY BROLLEY
In
one trip to the salon, you can almost completely revolutionize your image. Even
if you don’t opt to have your hair colored, a cut alone can create quite the
dramatic look. After all, there’s nothing quite so transformative as an edgy
pixie. Going from long hair to short is technically easy, but there are some
things to think about before going in for the big chop.
Celebrity
stylist Losi told InStyle that a dramatic haircut is not going to be
“a solution to your problems.” You might regret cutting your hair if
you do so in an emotional state (ahem, Britney Spears). There are a lot of
matters to consider before anyone chooses to totally change up their hair, but
this decision is perhaps even more daunting for those in the public eye seeing
as how pretty much everyone is going to have an opinion on their new ‘do. Yet
and still, that hasn’t stopped some celebrities from embracing bold, short
hairstyles. Here are some of the celeb short hairstyles that rocked our world
the most.
Charlize Theron and her many hairdos

Charlize Theron, 2015
When
it comes to changing up her hair, actress Charlize Theron is pretty much a
wizard. Theron’s character in Mad Max: Fury Road, Imperator Furiosa, wasn’t
originally meant to have a shaved head. After trying a few different looks on
her character, Theron suggested shaving her head. And, in the end, that’s what
she did. Afterward, the actress realized just how much time she used to spend
doing her hair and got rid of trash bags full of hair products. “There’s
something very freeing in that, for sure, definitely,” she told
Entertainment Weekly. “And there’s always something nice when you kind of
take that importance of your femininity and make it about something more than
just your hair.” She clarified, “But it’s also nice to have
hair.”
Theron
did go back to her longer blonde roots eventually, but stunned us all once
again when she showed up to the 2019 Oscars with rich brunette hair coiffed
into chin-length bob. The star’s hairstylist, Adir Abergel, told Us Weekly that
he actually came up with the color based on her Oscars attire. If hairstyling
were a category, she would’ve won. For sure.
Rihanna’s haircut changed everything


Rihanna, 2007
When
Rihanna came onto the music scene in 2005, she was just 16 years old.
Naturally, her style evolved as she transitioned into adulthood. In 2007, she
both cut her hair short and dyed it dark. With that change, she started
transforming in other ways. “When I cut my hair, the whole sound changed,
my style changed,” the star told Vogue.
Although Rihanna
has now experimented with pretty much every style and color imaginable, it was
that first big chop that mattered most. “If she didn’t change her
look, [the album] wouldn’t have been as impactful,” Rihanna’s
hairstylist Ursula Stephen told Billboard. “Obviously, the music would
have still been good, but her changing the look really made people pay
attention to her.” 
Stephen
added that the singer’s new hair also helped differentiate her from the other artists
who were emerging at the same time. The star’s first album post-haircut,
Good Girl Gone Bad, sold close to three million copies and spent a whopping 99
weeks on the Billboard 200 Albums. So, it seems a new haircut can literally
change your life.
Halle Berry finally felt like herself after
cutting her hair

Halle Berry, 2000
When
you think pixie, Halle Berry’s image may come to mind. Now, we can’t say this
with all certainty, but don’t you think the pixie might have been invented so
that, one day, Berry could rock the look? “Halle’s one of those women who
looks more and more beautiful the shorter her hair gets,” Andy
LeCompte, the hairstylist who transformed the actress’ bob into a pixie in
2009, told Allure. But this wasn’t the first time the actress pixied her
hair. And not everyone shared LeCompte’s opinion when she first debuted the
style.
When
the star was just 18 or 19 years old, she decided to cut her hair short — a
decision that shocked and upset her manager. “He said, ‘You’re never going
to work. You are no longer commercial,'” Berry recalled when speaking to
HuffPost. “And I said, ‘That’s exactly it. I look like every other girl
and they’re never going to notice me.'” Just a couple weeks later, Berry
landed a role on ABC’s Living Dolls. “They even said I was
different,” she explained, “And it felt like me.”
Miley Cyrus and her “bad b****”
haircut

Miley Cyrus, 2013
By
2013, Miley Cyrus was already a far cry from her former persona — Disney’s
squeaky clean Hannah Montana. But that was by design. “Right now I’m at a
point in my career where I can just be exactly who I want to be,” the
actress and singer revealed in her documentary Miley: The Movement (via
ABC News). Of course, a bold new hairstyle was vital to Cyrus’ 180-degree
transformation.
“I
told my hairstylist, shave my head, dye me blonde. I need to let go of like a
past in a way because I felt like we need to see change,” she explained.
“I felt like I had this whole new attitude. I felt like I could finally be
the bad b**** I really am. Even the way I dress has opened up.”
Although Cyrus has toned down her look in the years since, no one will
forget the half-buzzed ‘do that helped jumpstart the singer’s transformation.
Michelle Williams has a tragic reason for
keeping her pixie

Michelle Williams, 2019
We’ve
all gotten so used to seeing actress Michelle Williams sport her stunning
blonde pixie that it’s hard to even picture her having long
hair. Nevertheless, fans of Dawson’s Creek will recall Williams’
portrayal of Jen Lindley, who did indeed have hair past her shoulders. There is
a reason why Williams cut — and kept — her hair cropped so short all these
years, though. And it will give you all the feels.
“I
cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair and I wear it in
memorial of somebody who really loved it,” the star told Elle UK (via Us
Weekly). She was, of course, referring to her late ex-husband, Heath Ledger.
No, you’re crying! The actress admitted that even the couple’s daughter
wished she would have longer hair. Although Williams flirted with the idea of
growing it out back in 2013, she’s still rocking the timeless pixie as of
2019.
Jordyn Woods is making changes

Jordyn Woods, 2019
In
late February 2019, the news broke that Khloé Kardashian’s husband, Tristan
Thompson, cheated on the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star with Kylie Jenner’s
bestie Jordyn Woods. Eek. Woods sat down with Jada Pinkett Smith on her
Facebook show, Red Table Talk, and attempted to clear up some of the
controversy.
Following
her interview, Woods started to get back to business. As her
Instagram account shows, the star is, as of this writing, continuing to
promote her own collection of false lashes with cosmetic company Eylure. In
March 2019, Woods also debuted a new blunt bob on Instagram, perhaps
following Coco Chanel’s motto: “A woman who cuts her hair is about to
change her life.” Needless to say, her new do looks amazing and, who
knows, it may signify more changes in the future. “If you’re reading
this,” she captioned the photo, “it means God has given you another
day to wake up and be grateful [and] better than you were yesterday.”
Julianne Hough had “the short hair
syndrome”

Julianne Hough, 2014
Julianne
Hough is a fan of changing up her look. It’s hard to imagine one person
being able to pull off long blonde tresses, fiery red waves, and even a pixie
cut, but, sure enough, Hough is the woman for the job. Prior to cutting her
hair super short, she told InStyle, “I keep going shorter, it’s like the
curse of the short hair syndrome. My friend has a pixie cut and I’ve been
wanting to do her style.” She added, “I probably won’t do that, but I
want to!” Well, Hough did work up the nerve to try the style by 2014.
Although
Hough’s pixie was the talk of the town, she actually wanted to try something
even more daring. “I’ve always wanted to shave my head,” she told the
publication, “but that probably won’t happen either.” Hmm, well,
there’s still time. And somehow we just know she’d be able to pull off a shorn
do.
Shailene Woodley “always wanted” to
cut her hair
Shailene Woodley, 2013
When
Shailene Woodley was cast to play a cancer patient in the film The Fault In Our
Stars, she cut her hair into a short pixie. Although she chopped her hair for a
role, she quickly became a fan of her new look. And so did we. “I love
it,” People quoted Woodley as saying at Elle’s Women in Hollywood
event back in 2013. “It’s so easy, man.” She continued, saying,
“I’ve always wanted to cut my hair… so it’s exciting to be able to just be
free and chop it off.” 
However,
Woodley did admit that short hair has the drawback of not being able to cover
your neck. Thus, it doesn’t do much for keeping you warm. The actress
has grown out her hair since starring in the film, but at least we can
reminisce about her short hair days when rewatching the 2014 film.
Joey King never “had an attachment”
to her hair
Joey King, 2019
As
was the case for Shailene Woodley, 19-year-old actress Joey King had to shave
her head for her role in The Act. Though, by this point, shaving her head was
pretty much old hat. The actress actually had to shave her head for two
previous films: The Dark Knight Rises, when she was just 11 years old, and Wish
I Was Here, when she was just 14.
“I’ve
never really had an attachment to my hair,” she explained in an interview
with Allure in 2018. “I couldn’t care less what happens to it.” She
continued, saying, “So many people would ask me, ‘Are you really scared?’
or ‘Are you nervous?’ or say, ‘You’re so brave.’ And I’d go, ‘I’m not brave.
I’m just cutting my hair off.'” Now, that’s the spirit. By March 2019,
King’s hair had grown out into a stunning, edgy pixie and, as Young Adult
author Beth Reekles told the actress on Instagram, she’s “looking fierce
AF, as always.”
Jennifer Hudson found her “new
swag”
Jennifer Hudson, 2013
Raise
your hand if you miss Jennifer Hudson’s pixie. Although the singer/actress
slays whether she’s wearing her hair short or long, her pixie definitely blew
us all away back in 2013. “It’s so easy!” Hudson told Hollywood
Life after getting her hair snipped short. “Then I get to explore myself
and find my new swag with this! You know, it changes your wardrobe, your style,
your flavor, so I’m getting used to it!”
That
is certainly true — and something worth considering before asking your stylist
to chop off your long locks. “Your silhouette will change after a cut,
which will potentially change the way you dress and the jewelry you wear,”
Kenna, a hairstylist and owner of the Brooklyn, New York-based
salon, Kennaland, confirmed when speaking with InStyle. “You may find
yourself dressing differently to make sense of your new form.” This is
part of what makes short styles so fun, but also so daring. High risk, high
reward, though, right?
Julia Roberts’ simple hair transformation
Julia Roberts, 2019
No,
your eyes do not deceive you. While Julia Roberts is in no way rocking a pixie
or even a chin-length bob, she got her hair cut to just above her shoulders in
March 2019. And yes, it’s a big deal. This is a huge change for Roberts because
she hasn’t had hair this short in years upon years. According to People, the
celebrity’s longtime hairstylist, Serge Normant is responsible for her
updated and chic do.
Roberts’
haircut proves that you don’t need to cut off virtually all of your hair to see
a big difference. The publication speculated that Roberts’ 2019 cut is only
about four inches shorter than her previous style. If you’ve been wanting to
change things up because you’ve been rocking the same style for a while now,
just taking off a few inches will end up being a huge change. Plus, you don’t
even need to change your color, as Roberts demonstrated.
Nina Dobrev changed her hair up after
“15 years”
Nina Dobrev, 2019
While
Nina Dobrev took off more than a few inches from her hair, she, too, proved
that pixies aren’t the only way to go short. “I’ve been wanting to cut it
for years and years and years. I wanted to cut it midway through shooting [The
Vampire Diaries], but I couldn’t because of the character,” the star
admitted to Coveteur. After leaving that show, the actress said the time
came for her to embrace a new look. 
Riawna
Capri, a hairstylist and close friend of Dobrev’s, flew to London to give the
star her new hairstyle. “It was a big deal for me — it’s been 15 years
since I had a major change,” she explained to the publication. “I
wanted my best friend to do it.” Despite it being a huge change for the
star, she decided not to place too many restrictions on her bestie stylist.
“I told her I wanted it to be short, above the shoulders, and then I said,
‘Do whatever you think would be great.'” And that she did. Since Capri is
basically the “it” hairstylist in Hollywood, Dobrev’s hair, of
course, turned out amazing.
Eva Marcille is “getting used to”
her new look
Eva Marcille, 2019
If
you’re a fan of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, you were probably pretty
shocked to see Eva Marcille attend the Real Housewives reunion sporting a super
short blonde pixie. “I just cut off my hair,” the star of the reality
television series told Bravo’s The Lookbook. “I’m just getting used
to it.” 
She
may have still been adjusting to the change, but fans of the star were already
on board with her new look. “Queen of short hair and cheekbones,” one
commenter wrote on Instagram. “OMG! Yes with the short hair,” another
chimed in. Marcille’s cropped hair even proved to be some major hair inspo for
other Instagram users. “I so almost did this last night,” one person
explained. “Now I’m pretty certain it’s only a matter of time before I
chop it.” Even if you have no desire to have short hair, Marcille’s edgy
hairstyle might just convince you to give it a go.
Emma Watson wanted short hair since she was
16
Emma Watson, 2011
When
Emma Watson cut her hair, the resemblance between her and the 1960s model
Twiggy became uncanny. We can’t exactly unsee the similarities today —
despite the fact that Watson has gone back to longer locks.
The
actress first experimented with short hair back in 2010 when she was just 20
years old. At the time, she told Entertainment Weekly that cutting her hair
short was “the most liberating thing.” She continued, saying,
“The stylist [Rodney Cutler of Cutler salon] just grabbed the back of my
hair and took a whole ponytail of hair out. It felt amazing. I love it.”
The
style was a bold new look for the young actress, but it was a change she’d been
wanting to make for a while. “I missed all that experimentation that most
teenagers go through,” she explained. Having starred in the Harry Potter
series for a decade, she wasn’t really able to change up her hair. “I’ve
wanted to do this since I was about 16, so as soon as I had the chance I was
like, ‘Right. This is it.'” We wouldn’t be mad if she brought back the
pixie. Just saying.
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