Cut it Off
3 women ditch their too-long hair for cuts that prove short styles can be sexier, more modern and more flattering by far.
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the January 2006 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
How she knew her hair had gotten too long: "I started seeing a lot of split ends. The bottom three inches looked a little fried. And when I put it up: too much hair. I felt like I was drowning in it."
Why she remembers the first time she cut it: "I always had long hair as a kid because my mother loved it. Then, in junior high school, I chopped it off without telling her. She hated it; she cried. It wasn't a good haircut, but I was happy with shorter hair. Cutting my hair has always been something of a statement of liberation."
Why she remembers the second time: "I had moved from my hometown of Seattle across the country to go to college in New York City. My hair had grown long again, down to my butt. One of my cousins had just lost her hair to chemotherapy; as an act of solidarity (and also, that liberation thing), I cut my hair to my shoulders and donated it to Locks of Love." For more information about Locks of Love, call 888-896-1588 or visit www.locksoflove.org.
Her unrealized hairstyle dream: "I wish I could try a short, sassy cut; I love the feeling of running my hands through just-cut hair. But stylists keep telling me not to cut it too short because longer hair suits me. The thing is, a haircut is never a huge thing for me because my hair grows really, really fast, and I'm the kind of person who thinks that something different is a lot of fun."
The deep irony: "I might even have been willing to try a pixie—but stylists love the texture of my long hair."
What Kevin did: Once he cut about five inches off the back, Kevin then cut layers around Alanda's face for volume and shape. Rich honey highlights add dimension to her color.