Hairstylist Cervando Maldonado on a cut that went down in Hollywood history.
“A hairstyle can be more powerful than most people realize.
In 2007, while working at the Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, my client Reese Witherspoon approached me about a major cut. She was preparing for the movie Rendition, and trying to figure out her character’s look.
Reese mentioned the idea of cutting bangs — I always collaborate with my clients, instead of just telling them what to do — and we agreed that would be a good style.
At the beginning of our appointment, her bangs were a little bit groovy. They stuck out in different directions, so the very first snip of her hair, which was down past her chin, was nerve-wracking. But as I added more weight to them they — and I — started to loosen up. Reese loved the cut, and debuted the look on the Golden Globes red carpet.
It became an instant sensation and was all over the Internet.
Regular — and new — clients requested those bangs. Browsing through industry magazines, I’d see Reese on their covers with ‘the haircut of the year.’
I couldn’t have been more proud.
— as told to The Thick