In recent summers, mane trends dictated that women had to brave the humidity in wavy, below-the-shoulder hair. The only stylish relief was a fishtail braid.
This year, inspired by celebs from Miley Cyrus to Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams to Rihanna, women are getting much more severe chops. And they're liking it.
"Short hair is soooo feminine this year," said André Richard Baldini, owner of André Richard Salon in Center City.
"It's not new that women cut their hair in warmer weather, but this year, I have a feeling the Gatsby movie is encouraging them," he added, referring to the bob, a popular Roaring Twenties flapper look.
Baldini and his 12-person styling crew have been giving clients shorter looks since late winter, when supermodel Karlie Kloss inspired a slew of Tweeters, Instagrammers and Pinteresters to try a nape-of-the-neck shag featuring a bit of bang.
Experts predicted Kloss' do was going to be the coif of the year. And while "the chop" - as it was deemed by Vogue magazine - was pretty hot, it wasn't the only cropped look making heads turn this year.
Spiky styles, like Cyrus', are high on the fantabulous meter, as are inverted asymmetrical bobs like actress Chelsea Kane's.
One woman who committed to a drastic cut is 18-year-old high school senior Sarah Smith.
For two years, Smith, of Springfield Township, Montgomery County, wore glam Beyoncé-like hair straightened with a product that acted like a relaxer but didn't have any chemicals, she said one recent Saturday afternoon.
"I used to want to get rid of my curls," Smith said. When dripping wet, her hair reached down her back and revealed two textures - wavy loose curls from the scalp to mid-ear. The rest was bone-straight and limp.
"Now, I just want my curl back."
Stylist Eric Nowacki knew just what to do. He was thinking a beat-the-heat lob, but he wasn't sure how short Smith was going to let him go. read more