Arizona Muse has given up the bob haircut that she helped revitalize, telling beauty blog Into the Gloss, “The thing that kind of started me was that bob—and I felt like it was time for a change.” Legendary, way-too-cool hairstylist Christiaan Houtenbos, who we talked to about creating Grace Jones’ flattop in our rock and roll hair story “Head Bangers” in the October issue, gave Muse an edgy new look on the set of a French Vogue shoot: choppy, short layers and long, eyelash-brushing bangs (that keep the look from being too mullet-like). Muse described Houtenbos’s method, saying “When he starts cutting, it’s kind of like Edward Scissorhands: it’s a whirl of hands and fingers and scissors and blades, and hair goes everywhere—it’s very exciting. And it just kept getting shorter and shorter.”
I’ll miss Muse’s inspirational bob, which was copy-catted all over the place this past year. But as someone who has felt the burden of a signature hairstyle, I totally understand her need for a change, even though it was still working so well for her. I grew up having the longest hair in my class, from grade school to high school, becoming known as “You know, the girl with the long hair.” In college, I chopped it off into a bob. And post-college, I pared that down to a close-cropped gamine cut. It was when I became “You know, the girl with the short hair,” that I finally moved on from my pixie, and went back to longer layers.
Have you ever ditched a great signature haircut because it felt too stale? What do you think of Muse’s new look?
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