The holidays are over and autumn is here. This is often the time of year when women want to change their image.
You may be starting a new job and want to create an image of power and portray yourself as being a woman who will stand her ground and not suffer fools gladly.
Over the summer there was plenty of talk about the pob – the political bob – as supported by the likes of Theresa May, Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton.
It is often a look favoured by women of a certain age whose hair has become drier over the years as it is easy to manage and often only needs blow-drying once a week. Result: you always look well-groomed. It also makes you appear as if you have more important things to worry about in your life than hair and fashion.
“The pob makes career women look more masculine,” says hair supremo Michael Charalmbous whose salon in London’s Chelsea attracts the rich and famous from all over the globe. “It says look who is wearing the trousers.”
Michael feels that there is no reason for women to go for the chop unless it really suits them. Shorter hair may give the illusion of having a facelift but go too far and it can look severe.
“Femininity is important,” says Michael. “You can still be taken seriously with a slightly softer style. You want a look of your own that indicates low maintenance. You do not want to come across as if you spend all your time in the hairdressers.”
He suggests that Theresa May grows her hair. “I think she should not have it cut for about four months and then she should add about one and a half layers to create some movement. I would also change the colour and make it blonder. An almost biscuit shade would suit her,” he says.
The mane man styled my hair into a longer one-length bob which I can tie back or wear up for those days when you need to say: “Don’t mess with me.”
By Daralyn Danns
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