When you have gorgeously long golden locks like The Big Bang Theory star, you crimp them, straighten them, create an updo, or curl them--not chop them off. The bubbly blonde took to the scissors after filming season 7 of TBBT, for her role in the indie flick Burning Bodhi.
Her show’s producers incorporated the new look into the following season.
The change didn’t quite cause the stir that Keri Russell experienced on Felicity, but fans certainly noticed Penny’s pixie.
The writers made it work because the character was getting a new job as a pharmaceutical rep, so it stands to reason Leonard’s girlfriend would want to distance herself from her dumb blonde waitress persona.
Regardless, going from long to short so suddenly is a ballsy move which requires confidence and a touch of attitude, both of which the voice of TV’s Harley Quinn has to spare--it just never quite grew on us.
15. OOO, Boy Is That Short
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The year was 2014 and the first time as an adult that the sitcom star had so drastically cut her surfer-girl hair. Even if the new 'do is coming from a positive place (not post-breakup or job loss), it can still be a shock to see your hair covering the salon floor, but also very liberating.
14. The Same But Different
When you change your 'do, often makeup switches up as well. Some fans were not pleased and even wrote a song with lyrics like, "Oh Penny, you cut off your hair and we hate it," with the kicker, "Please grow back your hair, oh Penny." The ditty accompanied a YouTube video of a memorial service for her coif.
13. Hair's Nothing To Cry Over
The beauty of hair is that it grows back. Whether the cut is causing regret or a stylist messes up, you can survive the regrowth period. First, educate yourself on how to maintain a short style. Also, look into extensions, wigs, and pretty accessories. Never underestimate the power of a great hat.
12. Did It, And OK With It
The Screen Actors Guild nominee embraced the look because why not? After beating out 25 actresses for the role which required the new 'do, then going back to her hit show, she was feeling pretty good. The native Cali girl even told TBBT producers she'd wear extensions, but they said no and totally supported her new look.
11. She Can Run But She Can't Hide
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You in shades. The outside world may think you're wearing them to look cool, but for the person whose face they're on, sunglasses can be a suit of armor. Whether your issue is emotional or physical (such as a growing out hairstyle a la the 8 Simple Rules actress) they're like wearing a disguise.
10. Channeling Pink
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Attending the People's Choice Awards--and winning--with a swept-back Pompadour had her twinning the So What? singer, who BTW will never grow out her hair and told her daughter: "We don't change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl to help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty."
9. Too Slick For Words
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It's said that short hair forces one to wear makeup, as there's not enough hair to drape one's face, which is now on display. The former child actress went with the flow and was bold enough to go for it with bright blue eye makeup made all the more prominent by her slicked-back locks with swirled pouf upfront for height.
8. Shaved Vs Short
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Although this style was created with her long hair, it bears mentioning as a questionable choice. Yes, it is not as severe as lobbing off her silky locks, but short has it over shaved, which is a little too Marine recruit--especially for a Hollywood star once on FHM's list of 100 Sexiest Women in the World.
7. A Bobby Pin, Really?
This hairstyling staple is a lifesaver if you have to hold an updo in place, need to keep bangs out of your eyes while doing makeup, or your name is MacGyver. But as adornment? The actress, even in character, can do better. Even if one must bobby pin their hair in public, there are ones with rhinestones, flowers or pearls.
6. A Tattoo, Who Knew?
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Well, if you're going have ink, you might as well show it off. Obviously, a short cut allows one to show more skin, which the one-time nationally ranked amateur tennis player took full advantage of for a night in tinsel town. The other reason to show off is her amazing body, the result of horseback riding, kickboxing, bowling and playing the drums.
5. Twinning With Sharon Stone
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If you're going to be a doppelganger for another actress, it might as well be an international sex symbol with an Emmy, Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as an Oscar nomination. If they were making a movie of the Basic Instinct star's life, the younger Maxim Hot 100 honoree could definitely step into the role.
Without a massive mane as a main accessory, dazzling earrings and statement necklaces are a go-to as there are not errant strands to hide them. Although the black bow tie might be a better choice for her tuxedo-wearing date, her cropped top allows for flaunting sparkly posts, not just eye-catching danglers.
3. Think Pink
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OK, regardless of whether her hair was long or short, it was going to end up with this cotton candy hue because for a while, this was "a thing" in Hollywood, evidenced by Rumer Willis, Rita Ora, Rhianna, Nicole Ritchie, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, Ellie Goulding, and Julianne Hough--even Dame Helen Mirren.
2. She's Still Glam
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"I love the fashion world. I love clothes. I love style." And it shows. Whether or not you're Team Pixie, you have to admit the Critics Choice award winner can carry it off. A natural beauty in a red carpet designer gown or in athleisurewear walking her Chihuahua-dachshund mix, German Shepherd and Jack Russell Terrier, the comic actress looks like a star.
1. Missing Her Long Locks
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By 2015, the green-eyed beauty missed her flowing tresses. By 2017, it was once again down her back. How'd the transition go? According to hairstylist Christine Symonds: "The trick: trimming the back to let the front and sides catch up. To mask a lot of the awkward lengths and stages...a ton of texture." Hair extensions helped, too.
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