For years, Hollywood women had three lengths to choose from when it came to high-glam hair: medium, long and really long. But thanks to the crop of newly shorn celebs—including Sharon Stone, Candice Bergen and Elizabeth Taylor—going short has never been more chic. "I was with a bunch of people and I figured, 'Why not?' " says actress Ashley Judd of the above-the-ears do she got herself only hours before appearing at this year's Emmys. "It was all about having fun." Adds hairstylist Golan Azria of New York City's Gil Gamlieli Beauty Group, where Naomi Campbell comes for cuts: "I think short hair is sexier. Celebrities are doing this because they want to look different."
With short cuts making their first comeback since the days of Brigitte Nielsen, the appeal, says Los Angeles hairstylist Allen Edwards, lies in the look's simplicity. "People are tired of maintaining that Jennifer Aniston thing," says Edwards, who clipped Marcia Clark. "They really just want to whack it all off." But Laurent D., owner of L.A.'s Privé salon, who is responsible for Stone's pixie cut, says the trend has deeper roots: "Women are finally feeling good about themselves and not hiding their faces anymore. The days of hair as a security blanket are over." But, warns Judd, short hair does have its hazards. "I woke up that first night not remembering that I had cut it off," she says, laughing. "I caught a glimpse in the mirror and went, 'Oh, my gosh!' I was really shocked."