Anywhere you look on social media these days, there are scissors flying, waves falling, and celebrities and real people alike showing off their brand-new haircuts. Yes, it’s true: the power pixie is back – on Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Charlize Theron, for starters. In truth, short crops have signaled mini social revolutions for decades. There were the Jazz Babies, with their sharp Louise Brooks bobs in the 1920s; Audrey Hepburn’s sheared style in 1953’s Roman Holiday; and Mia Farrow’s gamine ‘do in Rosemary’s Baby, which became the cut of the sixties.
“In the sixties there was really a revolutionary aspect to the cut,” says Bumble and Bumble editorial stylist Laurent Philippon, whose book, Hair: Fashion and Fantasy, comes out this month. “It was a boy’s cut on a woman, and there was the tie to the women’s rights movement happening then.” Today Phillippon finds the boyish streak is more about shock value: “People are feeling the need to be different, to stand out.”
Doing just that is 25-year-old supermodel Coco Rocha, who posed for these photos with a week-and-a-half-old crop, a punkish flop of bang with a shaved undercut. “My hair is so healthy now,” she says. “I cut it because it was breaking.”
So I August, after six months of stewing over it, she took the plunge. “By then she wasn’t even nervous,” she says. Rocha had studied up on red-carpet photos, settling on Tilda Swinton’s chameleon style for inspiration. Then she found just the stylist for the job, Anh Co Tran of the Ramirez Tran Salon in Beverly Hills, known for his short cuts like the elfin ‘do on Ginnifer Goodwin. “Because of work, I had to make sure my cut could do ‘boy’ and ‘girl’, edgy and pretty,” says Rocha.