Oscars Hair Alert: Short Is In!

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The gowns were, as always, long at this year’s Oscars. But short was definitely in. We’re talking about hair, of course. Some of the chicest hairstyles at the ultimate red carpet event were clipped, cropped and barely grazing the ears -- proof that gorgeous and glam comes in all lengths.

Charlize Theron

Sporting a stunning Dior gown with a dramatically plunging neckline and dripping in 31 carats of Harry Winston diamonds, the blonde beauty made everybody’s best-dressed list. But it was her cropped ’do that had us turning our heads. Charlize’s hair, grown out since her pixie days, was sleek and sexy, with a very modern side part. Absolute perfection.

Anne Hathaway

When Anne Hathaway presented the best supporting actor Oscar to Jared Leto, the two made a striking couple. His hair flowed past his shoulders, while hers was boyishly short. But Anne looked every inch the lady with her beautifully toned arms and shoulders on full display and the most perfectly arched brows of the night. (Brow maintenance is a must with super-short hair.)

Lupita Nyong’o

Along with her Oscar for best supporting actress, Lupita Nyong’o also deserves top props for the best hair accessory. Her glimmering diamond and gold headband was designed by jeweler-to-the-stars Fred Leighton. To recreate the look for less, search the Web for “glitter headband” and you’ll find entire online boutiques devoted to the sparkling accessory, with styles starting at less than two bucks. Or shop Etsy for handmade versions just a dollar more in dozens of colors, including orchid (Pantone’s color for the year), charcoal, rose, turquoise and wine.

Jennifer Lawrence

The Oscar contender may not have won the golden statue this year, but she wowed with the latest incarnation of her pixie -- brushed back and elegant with tons of volume. Reports say she was wearing $3 million-worth of Neil Lane jewels, but we think the most important part of her look was a genius root-lifting gel. 

Portia de Rossi

Uh oh, we’ve got dueling ’dos here. Much like Jennifer Lawrence, Portia wore her blond tresses swept back and amped up. Who wore it best? The envelope says … the tresses tie! 


by Beatrice Strnad