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Beauty Etiquetter: The Verdict on Haircut Copycatting

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Beauty Etiquetter is a new column on Beauty Counter in which we address your beauty-protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in the know. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.


The Quandary:
My best friend just got the most amazing haircut ever, and I want it for myself. Is imitation the best form of flattery, or is it creepy?


The Expert in Residence:
Paul Labrecque, stylist and owner of Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa


The Advice:
“I think it’s a generational thing. Teens click closely with their peers—wearing similar clothes, using the same makeup, and even putting it on the same way, just typically sharing the same overall style. It often seems like teens try to look as similar as possible, so at that age, I don’t see any problem with wanting a haircut/style that’s just like one of your friend’s—imitation is normal and is definitely a form of flattery. But once my clients are all grown up, I don’t think it’s okay for them to request the exact same style as their best friend. At this stage in life, it’s more important than ever to stay true to your own original sense of style. You should have an idea now what’s flattering or not for your face, hair texture, lifestyle, career, et cetera from past experimentation, and that’s what your haircut selection should be based on. And it’s likely your coloring or face shape isn’t exactly the same as your best friend’s, so the highlights or shorter cut that might look great on her won’t look exactly the same on you. Find a stylist who can lead you in a direction that’s flattering for you and will complement your lifestyle and, most importantly, won’t create an exact replica of a friend’s look.”

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