Short cuts - low maintenance hairstyles are in this season

April 10, 1997

Low-maintenance hairstyles are in this season


Staff Writer

Last fall Rose Yontz decided to let her hair down.

She told her stylist, Drue Steerman of Tangles Hair Salon in Martinsburg, W.Va., to cut off her shoulder-length tresses.

"I just told Drue to take it off, as short as she could get it," says Yontz, 48, of Martinsburg. "I was tired of it being long."

With each salon visit, her hair gets a little shorter.

"It's much easier to take care of; it pretty much falls in place," she says.

Low-maintenance styles are in this season, says Kandi Stuckey, a hairstylist at Tangles Hair Salon.

"Short hair definitely is more popular this spring," Stuckey says.


Women's hairstyles are calling for more texture, says Judy Wroe, a hairstylist at Diamond Heads Hair Designs in Martinsburg.

She says the look is healthy and pretty.

One style, the new bob, uses razors and shapers to create a more feminine, casual look, says Wroe, who also is an educator and consultant for Matrix Essentials Inc.

A razor cuts the ends of the hair, while a shaper's blade can texturize the hair at mid-shaft, Wroe says.

If a woman wants short hair, she is more likely to have it cut now that warm weather is approaching, says Suzzette Cole, manager of Pure Pizzazz and Co. in Hagerstown.

Cole says she considers short hair to be any cut that falls above the shoulders.

She says short hair is more convenient because it can be styled in a few minutes. To maintain the look, more frequent trimming may be needed.

Cole says a short haircut can be adapted to any face shape.

Stylists say women of all ages are requesting the cuts.

Shorter hair provides a more youthful look because it gives an uplift to the face, Stuckey says.

The current trend has produced the shortest cuts in American history, says hairstylist and color expert Michael Chapman. Chapman is the founder of Progressive Hair Club based in Wingate, N.C., an international group dedicated to promoting short to no-hair looks on women.

Magazines, movies and television play a big part in shaping hair trends, Chapman says. Actresses sporting short hairdos include Sharon Stone, Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder, Teri Hatcher and Demi Moore.

Hair fashions repeat themselves on a regular cycle, Chapman says, adding that the last shorter trend was the Dorothy Hamill wedge cut of the late '70s.

A woman often chooses a short hairstyle to free herself from the boredom of what she's had in the past, Chapman says.

"Some have the tendency to let their hair control their entire lives," he says.

Men traditionally have dictated hairstyles to women, saying long hair is more feminine, but they are starting to break out of that cycle, Chapman says.

"More and more men are accepting it, realizing that short hair on a lady shows more aggressiveness and independence," he says. "For years, many men have loved this look but have been afraid to say so."

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