Katie Holmes Cuts Her Hair to Go Shorter, Darker (and Sassier?)

12/16/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Katie Holmes haircutJamie McCarthy/Getty; DJDM/WENN

With the exception of one major haircut in 2009 (you may remember these bangs), Katie Holmes has always sported the same long, brown, center-parted locks appropriate to her “girl next door” status. But now she’s mixing things up a bit, instead going for “girl next door who just got home from college with something different but you can’t quite put your finger on it.” Yes, that’s right, she cut her hair.

The actress made an appearance at the Z100 Jingle Ball in N.Y.C., and at first glance we completely missed that she’d made a change — the loose waves and simple styling are so familiar, we didn’t look twice. But after checking out some older photos, it became clear that this wasn’t just a little trim; Holmes made a major chop, cutting off at least six inches of her hair, losing some of the layers and even appearing to go a few shades darker for a rich, winter-ready hue.

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Holmes is so famous for her hair, she even got it a gig as the representative mane for Alterna haircare, so we’re not surprised to see it looking lush, shiny and healthy. But we are surprised that she made such a big hair alteration and it almost got right by us (after all, celebrity hair is our favorite topic). Should we expect more big changes for the star in 2014?

What do you think of her new shorter, darker do? Do you miss her long locks?

–Alex Apatoff

FILED UNDER: Beauty , Hair , Katie Holmes
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carol on

Beautiful lady

carol on


Angella on

Absolutely stunning and classy!

Saiph on

Umm, not the sort of thing I normally care deeply about, but did People’s editors completely forget the truly *short* cut she got not long after her wedding to Tom Cruise? She has definitely not “always sported the same long, brown, center-parted locks.” Just sayin’.

Andrea on

Not a big enough change to warrant writing about it — it’s just not really interesting fashionwise. She still looks nice, if not bland. She cut her hair short years back, and it wasn’t the same side part.

Suzanne on

Well, she’s always pretty but the picture on the left makes her look like a girl and the picture on the right makes her look like a woman. I like both though.

Wendee on

Maybe she just had her some hair extensions taken out and had it colored?

Diana S Fetterman on

Not much different, a tad short, a tad darker. I don’t know why this is news ?

christa on

These days many people have hair extensions and after using it for a while it breaks the real hair. So maybe that’s why she cut it a little bit shorter.

peoplefan on

Her and Drew Berrymore could be twins. Same smirk.

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