Why Do You Cut Your Hair?

Alexandra Owens, Allure magazine

It often seems like people associate a new haircut with a big life change. Finally grabbed the corner office? Time for a businesslike bob. Broke up with your boyfriend? Now's your chance to try a carefree pixie. Moved across the country? Dye your hair lighter (or darker) to match the coastal switch. But according to fashion designer Olivier Theyskens, the story behind shearing his ultralong locks (no more man bun!) was much less dramatic than the big reveal.

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"There's no real reason," he told intothegloss.com. "But people always want to think there's something more to it. I've been wanting to cut it for years, but it's never been the right time-when I left [Nina] Ricci and took a year off, I wanted to cut it, but then people would think, Oh no, did he freak out?! And then when I took the job at Theory and moved to New York, people would have associated it with that change. So I just waited."

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Which makes me wonder if we read too much into sudden makeovers. Maybe every time we see someone shave their head, they aren't necessarily having a Britney-esque breakdown-they just could have decided it was time to play up really great cheekbones. Personally, I've always been more inclined to get a major haircut when I'm bored and have time to think about switching things up. For me, bangs or blonde highlights will never be an impulse buy.

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When you get a haircut, is because of a life event? Or for no reason at all?


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