These Career-Changing Celebrity Hairstyles Were Actually Accidental

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"A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life." — Gabriel Coco Chanel

Career-Changing Celebrity Haircuts
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We can all agree that there is something about a fresh cut that makes you feel powerful enough to take on the world. Shaking things up in the hair department can literally make or break a look –  and in the case of these celebrities, a single trip to the salon was enough to alter the course of their careers. No, really, we’ve got proof.

Scroll down to discover the career-changing celebrity hairstyles that were anything but planned.

1

Mia Farrow

Mia Farrow won a Golden Globe for her role in Roman Polanski’s horror film Rosemary’s Baby, but it was her pixie cut – that would later become her signature style – that got people talking. Perhaps one of the most talked-about celebrity hairstyles in history, the legend goes that hairstylist Vidal Sassoon was specially flown onto the set of the film to chop off Farrow’s locks, costing the producers a hefty $5,000 for the feat. It is also said that Farrow’s then-husband Frank Sinatra was so offended by the length of her hair that he filed for divorce. The story, however, could not be further from the truth. 

In an interview with the New York Times, Farrow spilled the beans on the life-altering haircut. Contrary to the famous story, Sassoon was not flown in to cut the actress’s long tresses short but to trim what was already cut short by the actress. 

“Vidal Sassoon is mentioned in the book Rosemary’s Baby and the film. So, Paramount decided to stage a photoshoot in which he trimmed my 1.5-inch hair to 1 inch. The whole event was taken in good spirits, and I can assure you my divorce from Frank Sinatra had nothing to do with my haircut,” she explained. 

While the pixie crop might not have affected her marriage, the iconic haircut came to be known as Farrow’s signature, earning her the title of a style icon.

Career Changing Celebrity Hairstyles
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2

Jennifer Aniston

Raise your hands if you’ve ever rocked a ‘Rachel’ cut. If you grew up in the 90s, the chances are that you have – or you’ve at least wished for one. Back in the 90s, there was no hairstyle as iconic as Jennifer Aniston’s voluminous layered locks on Friends that was dubbed the ‘Rachel’ cut after Aniston’s character on the show. The hairstyle that catapulted her to fame was never intended to make headlines. Hairstylist Chris McMillan told the Telegraph that he merely wanted to give Aniston “a bit of a different look.” As the sitcom hit its peak, fans couldn’t help but cop Aniston’s signature hairstyle.  

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3

Twiggy

With her glued-together lashes and pixie cut, Dame Lesley Lawson (a.k.a. Twiggy), was one of the most iconic figures of the 60s. Her signature look, defined by a gorgeous pixie crop, continues to be a beauty inspiration. But did you know that Twiggy’s career-launching haircut was actually an accident?

Earlier this year, the model appeared on the podcast Table Manners with Jessie Ware, where she revealed that the pixie crop was totally unintentional. The model never intended to so much as trim her tresses, let alone chop them all off. Her iconic crop hairdo was merely a result of being too shy to say no. When 16-year-old Lawson entered the upscale Mayfair salon House of Leonard, all she was looking for was a shampoo and set. Leonard, the owner of the salon, however, asked if he could give her a cut. Although unsure about cutting her precious locks, the would-be model simply couldn’t refuse. Photographer Barry Lategan later shot the iconic portrait – and the rest is history. The fateful crop still holds the position of one of the most famous celebrity hairstyles ever.

Career Changing Celebrity Hairstyles
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4

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande – the most followed woman on Instagram – is synonymous with the long sleek ponytail hairstyle. Her natural hair, however, couldn’t be further from this defining look. As a teenager, Grande rocked dark black curls – that was until she landed the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon series Victorious. The character required her to bleach and dye her locks red every other week for four long years. The popstar’s signature high pony – that she sported as her music career took off – was actually a way to hide damaged hair from the frequent bleaching. Not even Grade herself could’ve predicted that the hairstyle would become “a thing.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Ariana Grande attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
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