"Always love changing up this human's hair. New color. Swept back. New vibe," wrote hairstylist Adir Abergel alongside an Instagram snap of Charlize Theron over the weekend. The caption rang true as Theron's new 'do—inches shorter with honeyed highlights switched for a single shade of platinum— exuded an entirely refreshed feel. While her last chop read classic and sweetly gamine, the actress's lightened mane, defined by extra length and volume at the front, skewed subversive and punkish, an aesthetic offset by her romantic makeup palette (think rose lips, bronze-brushed skin, and a few swipes of mascara).
And for those who favor abbreviated lengths, the comment section of Abergel's share featured a welcome styling tip. In response to one commenter's complaint around difficulty achieving Theron's level of hair height at the front of the short style, Abergel sounded off with a simple, though game-changing, tip: tease the roots. The result is a look at once done-up and undone—the ultimate balancing act.
Originally Appeared on Vogue