Hair today, gone tomorrow!
Princess Charlene of Monaco was almost unrecognisable when she debuted her new hairstyle at a traditional Christmas tree ceremony at the Pink Palace with her husband, Prince Albert.
The 42-year-old revealed a dramatic ’do – a close shave down the left side of her head and a bob style on the right, dyed a darker blonde-brown.
“She wore a beret which concealed it, but up-close I could see where she had her temple and the back of her head – completely shaved,” one attendee told People magazine.
The former Olympic swimmer complemented her bold new hairstyle with a sequined face mask that matched her festive black-and-gold outfit. Her choice of glam eye makeup and spiral hoop earrings as well as a diamond stud in another piercing gave her an edgy look that matched her daring new ’do.
Charlene appeared happy and confident – but hairstylists are divided about whether her new look works for her. Brad Allen, a stylist and senior educator for celebrity hair dye brand Color Wow, says Her Serene Highness’ choice of cut is “dreadful” and he’s “in total shock at the ‘transformation’”.
“I understand people may want to try something new after getting bored staring at the same cuts, colours and roots for months on end during lockdown,” he says. “But it’s not something I’d advise in such drastic measures.
“I really loved the simplicity of her former cut, and her ash-blonde tones.”
However, Abra McField, hair expert and CEO of a hair salon in Missouri, has another take. “If she loves it, so do I,” she says. “I’ve noticed people choosing shorter hairstyles this year because it gives them a sense of freedom.
“A lot of my clients are taking this time in quarantine to rock new looks. People are going after what they really want and following their own style. I say good for her!”
This isn’t the first time the mom-of-two has experimented with a new hairstyle in recent months – she forwent her signature above-the-shoulder locks in favour of a blunt bob and baby bangs earlier this year.
Maybe it’s true what they say, a change is as good as a hair-liday.