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11 Film (Hair)Cuts to Covet

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Don’t you hate it when you forget to bring an example of a haircut/style you want to the hair salon, and every fucking magazine seems to somehow feature only the cold, dead eyes of any or all of the numerous Disney Channel gremlins starring in various vampire , high school clique, or princess-related movies?  Well, now, when you get all procrastinate-y, you have a reference that doesn’t involve generic 12 year olds!

Note: I apologize that there are little to no women of color featured here, but I literally couldn’t think of any prominent examples in film that weren’t wigs or weaves.  If you have suggestions that my dumb ass couldn’t think of, please tell us in the comment section.

1. Catherine Deneuve, Belle De Jour

Oh Catherine Deneuve, is there anything about you I DON’T LIKE?  You and your French subtlety can just whisk me away anytime!  Anywho, although this doesn’t seem like much of a haircut, it’s better used as more of an inspiration– voluminous, loose bedroom curls of the 1960s.

2. Ruth Gordon, Harold & Maude

I have been wanting to create this for SO long. And for how simple it is– you can really fuck it up pretty bad…trust me.  Can someone please share the secret of this hairstyle with me?  Because I would really like to know.

3. Jean Seberg, Breathless

Fuck Mia Farrow.  Fuck Winona Ryder.  Fuck Audrey Tautou, and yes, even fuck Audrey Hepburn.  Joan Seberg did the pixie cut best.  Period, end of story.

4. Rita Hayworth, Gilda

This is sort of a pre-cursor to the Bell De Jour— tighter curls, though still voluminous & cascading.  Attention people with absurdly thick, wavy/curly hair (like mine): this is the only way your hair can look halfway decent without straightening the living shit out of it.  It’s like your natural hair, but not as fucked up (frizzy, poofy) looking…and actually not too shabby at all.

5. Warren Beatty, Splendor in The Grass

I guess this one’s for the menz.   I honestly couldn’t think of a particularly outstanding hair cut or style in any movie.  But I’d say that Warren Beatty’s hair in Splendor In The Grass is pretty fantastic.  It’s got a perfect balance of styled and messy.  Plus, he was a total stone fox back in the day.

6. Anna Karina, Une Femme Est Un Femme

Essentially, the most perfect mid-length hair ever.  Damn, I really need a haircut.

7. Barbara Streisand, Funny Girl

Have you ever actually seen this movie?  Do so at your own risk, because it’s pretty annoying, actually.  But here’s the thing– she has some pretty amazing bouffant-y hairstyle situations going on (though I guess some of them might be partially hairpieces).  I suggest netflixing it, popping it in on mute, and just let the fake late 1900s-mid 1920s take you away.

8. Ali McGraw, Whichever other movies she’s in that isn’t Love Story

Aside from the fact that at this time, I’ve literally wanted this hair all my life.  Long, straight, and simple.  Sometimes it doesn’t have to be too complicated to look great.  How I wish I could just get out of the shower and have my hair just magically dry like this.  I guess if you have naturally straight hair, it’s not complicated.  Fuckers.

9. Karen Black, Nashville

Though I find Karen Black’s squinty/pinchy cross-eyed fug face to be quite unpleasant to look at in movies, I have to say that her hair in Nashville was pretty fabulous.  It’s kind of like a country-fied version of the Belle De Jour.

10. Faye Dunaway, Bonnie & Clyde

This is essentially the go-to bob cut.  And though no one’s cheekbones can ever compare to Dunaway’s (except maybe that Paul Newman hater, Erica), this is sure to make yours stand out AND make your neck look longer.

11. Diane Lane, Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains

You know what?  I LIKE the overall silhouette of this haircut, OK?  So, fuck y’all.  She’s even rocking it with a RIBBON.  Ribbons= YOU WIN AT LIFE.

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Anna G. is a Southern California native living in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn since 2005. Anna is constantly trying to unite her love of CA sunshine and the excitement of the New York urban jungle, all the while trying to keep her unwieldy credit card debt under control, and look fabulous at brunch, no matter how un-showered and hungover.


  1. Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    November 19, 2009 at 10:11 am

    How about Pam Grier during her Blacksploitation days? Here fro was almost as amazing as her tits. Have you seen Foxy Brown? They pretty much shot that whole movie about Pam Grier’s tits.

  2. Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe
    November 19, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    And pretty much any movie that Penelope Cruz is in