November 8, 2013
Jennifer Aniston has been a hair icon for more than a decade. After all, she did popularize "the Rachel," the heavily layered hairstyle rocked by nearly every woman in the late '90s. In the 2000s, it was Aniston's long, angled locks that commanded attention and sparked copy-cats in salons across the country. Yet it looks like the popular actress is creating a new trend for all of us hair worshippers to follow.
Aniston debuted a new, cropped haircut last week - gone are her trademark long locks in favor of an edgy bob. The style is modern, fashion-forward and, most importantly, universally flattering. If you've been looking for a fresh hairstyle to usher in the winter season, take a tip from Aniston and chop it all off with these beauty tips:
Cut it right
Aniston's bob grazes the jawline, creating a sharp look that's not too harsh. Next time you're sitting in a salon chair, ask for a cut with angled, face-framing layers in the front that is slightly shorter in the back, which will prevent the bob from looking like a helmet. Having your stylist shape your hair with razor shears will add some extra movement to the hairstyle as well as give it an edgier vibe.
Thinning and piecing the hair with shears will also make the cut incredibly easy to maintain, according to Aniston's long-time makeup artist, Chris McMillan.
"I wanted it to look chewed off and lived in," McMillan wrote in a guest blog for Allure magazine. "... The idea was that Jen won't have to blow it out and style it. The point is to let her natural waves come in and maybe tuck it back on one side."
If you've never cut your hair short and have some reservations about letting go of your long locks, take it slow. McMillan recommends having your stylist cut only a few inches at a time until you settle on a length right for you.
Fortunately, the low-maintenance design of the cut means less minutes spent in the morning balancing blow dryers and hair brushes before the bathroom mirror. McMillan suggests forgoing the blow drying and using a glossy texturizing product that won't weigh your stands down. The Steiner Gloss Mist Shine Spray provides a firm hold that won't make your hair brittle or stiff, but instead gives it an all-over healthy sheen.