For the long-haired among us, a dramatically different haircut can be terrifying, which is why it makes sense to approach the transition slowly by first finding a middle ground. A foot of hair on the salon floor is traumatic, but going at it inch by inch is totally doable. These celebrities have the right idea when it comes to taking a big hair transformation slow.
We never anticipated that Julianne Hough would cut her long blonde hair into a choppy bob, let alone a pixie, but it turns out she can rock a cropped cut with the best of them. Our favorite is still her chin-grazing middle-length look: It’s effortless and versatile, which is pretty much as good as hair gets.
We’re going to venture to say that Kaley Cuoco got bitten by the hair-cutting bug: She went from long hair to a bob to a pixie virtually overnight. We think her boyish pixie is her best look yet—those long, straight extensions were totally dragging her down.
Super-glamorous Charlize Theron shaved her head for her role in “Mad Max,” but the busy mom doesn’t seem to be in any real hurry to grow it out again. Whether it’s shoulder-length or longer, Charlize can seemingly pull off anything, so we don’t blame her for wanting to maintain a low-maintenance hairstyle.
Emma Watson‘s post-”Potter” pixie cut was a pretty genius way of differentiating herself from her curly-haired character, Hermione, and showing Hollywood that she meant serious business. Emma has since returned to shoulder-length locks, but we’ll always love her gamine close crop.
Evan Rachel Wood loves to switch up her hair, which is why it’s no surprise that she was bold enough to go for the big chop. She looks gorgeous at any length, but her cool, edgy pixie suits her the best by far.
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