When it comes to haircuts, cutting off any length can take a big leap of confidence. Some find comfort in the laid-back, untamed nature of long hair while other like to keep it sweet and simple with a cut from the shoulders up. While finding a functional hairstyle is always relieving, there’s always an itch to switch it up just a bit.
If there’s anyone who isn’t afraid of a little change, it’s Layne Faltinsky who embodies just about everything there is to a brand new do. Layne, a senior in high school, challenges the status quo with both fun and fire, proving there is not just one means of ordinary. While it’s not hard for the 6’0″ beauty to naturally catch the attention of the room, the brisk new bob suspended just above her shoulders is a surefire way to turn heads.
It’s amazing that I can find a quick 20 minutes in Layne’s hectic schedule to sit down with her and talk. Front pieces of her hair are pulled back tight into two symmetrical pigtails, reminiscent of an elementary school hairdo but with a new cool confidence in their bounce. “My main motivation to cut my hair so short was that it had always been in the back of my mind as something I knew I wanted to do, but just didn’t know when,” notes Layne. Not a novice to hair cutting, though, she admits, “Before I got my bob I would cut my hair pretty regularly—once a month or so—or really whenever I wanted to go shorter.” She comfortably shifts in her chair, the sides of the bob swaying and brushing up against the sides of her neck rhythmically. There’s no doubt the bob is an increasingly popular celebrity go-to trend, as recently seen on the likes of Bella Hadid, Selena Gomez, Sarah Snyder, and Simi and Haze. Turning to Instagram and Pinterest now feels like second nature when looking for inspiration in the beauty and fashion realm, hence their endless portals of fabulous ideas and envious photos. But this isn’t necessarily the way all transformations begin. “There’s just so much you can do with a bob,” Layne admits. As oxymoronic as it sounds, a bob haircut allows for more freedom and personality than most would think. Alongside the fact that the style is grabbing widespread attention, it’s important to scale down the craze into something that shines on the more personal side of Layne’s intentions.
“I think I have definitely become more confident since cutting my hair,” Layne states, “Not only is this the prettiest I’ve ever felt, I’m so beyond happy with my hair.” Her smile is radiant and is accompanied by a contagious laugh, one of those laughs that you can’t help but crack a huge grin and laugh at the mere fact of the laugh itself. When I asked about advice she would give someone interested in the same route as her (with myself in mind), she fearlessly noted, “Don’t listen to people if they tell you you shouldn’t [cut your hair] or that it won’t look good. I had people tell me I shouldn’t cut my hair, but I did it because I wanted to, not for anyone else.” And she’s right. When it all boils down, it’s about you and will always be about you. That’s what keeps things interesting in this world. If there’s one piece of wisdom to hold close, she’s nailed it spot on. And she adds in that on the plus side, “If it ends up not being for you, hair always grows back, but you’ll never know how it actually looks until you try.” Apart from her kind-hearted nature and youthful disposition, it doesn’t take long when talking with Layne to distinguish the self-assurance and boldness in her actions, something too genuine to teach or imitate.
On the lightest note of the interview, Layne jokingly notes, “A lot of the comments I’ve received about my hair is that it looks so sassy, and I agree that it looks sassier but I haven’t really felt any sassier. So that’s something I’m going to have to work on.” There’s no doubt she’s a woman on a mission, and being accompanied by an unparalleled personality and feisty outlook on life, it will be hard to set limits on where and what she’ll take on next.