Laurel Pantin, Associate Accessories & Shopping Editor, Glamour

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“When I was in eighth grade, I cut my hair off. My dad ended up buzzing it for me. I just really liked how easy it was on a day-to-day basis. I also liked having to not worry about my hair because I feel like when you have curly hair, especially when you dye it, you’re always taking care of it, worrying if it’s frizzy or if it’s doing something. I cut it again last year—I felt like I was always taking home products and trying new stuff in my hair and always focusing on my hair and then at a certain point I was just like, ‘It’s just a waste of time!’ I always wear it up anyway. I also feel like, you are never going to look as good as you do right now. Like, I’m only getting older, so if there was ever a time to just not have anything but your face, now is the time. I also have no emotional attachment to my hair. When I cut it, I wasn’t upset. Everyone was like, ‘Did you cry?’ and, ‘What made you do it?’ and there was nothing that happened in my life, I just wanted to have short hair. People really read into it. Everyone was like, you know, ‘Did you break up with your boyfriend?’ or, ‘Did you get dumped?’ People just assume that there is something in your life that made you cut it off. But there was nothing, I just got sick of having hair, basically. I like the way it looks, and in the mornings it’s really easy. I have to get it cut like every two weeks, which is a pain. I bounce around for the color. I go to a million places. I think I’m going to start doing Manic Panic myself, bleaching it. When I couldn’t get in to get a color appointment and the roots were really bad, I used Jolene, the mustache bleach, and just did it along my hairline and it totally worked. It looked awesome, basically. So, I figure it can’t be that hard to bleach it myself. And the other thing about having short hair like this is that if you do something wrong and make a mistake, it doesn’t matter because in two weeks you’ll basically have all new hair anyway.

I like having my hair this bleached but I’m sort of wanting to go back to something more natural because of the maintenance. I’m super super low maintenance in terms of my upkeep. When I first cut my hair, everyone would say, ‘Oh, you’re going to have to start wearing earrings and start wearing makeup and everything.’ I just prefer the blankness of it. I also feel like the nose ring and all these little earrings that I have and my hair, it’s all so extreme that if I start painting my nails with glitter again or anything like that, it’s just too statement-y, so I have to keep everything else super super pared down. When I cut my hair, I was so afraid that everyone was going to be like, ‘Oh, she’s the quirky girl with the short hair! She’s so spunky and eccentric!’ That quirky, spunky, zany thing is the opposite of what I want, so now I think I have to be very conscious to keep makeup simple and not wear big earrings, and keep everything really really simple. And I also didn’t want to cut my hair off and then start dressing super feminine. So, I’ve been really conscious of that too. I just wanted to keep everything the same as before and not go too extreme with the short hair and little dress thing. I wear jeans all the time, I’m very tomboy-ish; I don’t wear dresses, I own six dresses maybe.

I feel like if you’re not going to wear a ton of makeup and if your thing is to be very minimal and whatever, like I am, I have to take really good care of my skin. So, on a day to day, I use La Prairie Tinted Moisturizer and it’s really really sheer, it’s SPF 20, and I also think it’s really moisturizing and really good for my skin. I like wearing mascara sometimes, that’s kind of the most I’ll do. I like CoverGirl LashBlast 24 Hour, something like that. I basically will use any CoverGirl mascara—they’re my favorite ones. And Joe Fresh actually makes these really amazing lip stains that I'll sometimes wear. They’re neon and they go on and it dries like a stain so it’s not gloss or sticky or anything, and it shows up kind of neon. There is an orange one that I like to use if I’m going to wear anything product-y. Other than that, I have really sensitive skin and I’m allergic to a lot of stuff, so I use a Vitamin E stick for chapstick all the time. I use a lot VMV products. It’s called VMV Hypoallergenics. They have a coconut oil—VMV Hypoallergenics Know It All—that I use kind of for everything; it’s extra virgin coconut oil and that’s it. It’s like a moisturizer—it’s like anti-bacterial, anti-microbial. I think it’s kind of expensive but a little bit goes a really long way. And their face wash is really moisturizing, really really gentle, Moisture Rich Creammmy Cleansing Milk. It works really well. I mean, the more that I’ve worked in beauty, I like to try a lot of stuff but I’m just finding that in the end, it’s the best to use the simplest things. I can’t really use a lot of stuff with a ton of fragrances, so I just have to basically use stuff for infants, stuff for babies.

I have always wanted to have the septum ring. When I was littler, when I was in eighth grade, I went through a really serious punk phase and it was like, ‘I’m gonna have a septum ring and get full sleeves of tattoos and do all this crazy stuff!’ I love tattoos and I love piercings and everything, but obviously I can’t and I wouldn’t want that now. But I’ve wanted a septum ring and I really wanted to do it before my birthday. So, at a certain point, I was just like, ‘I have to do it if I’ve wanted it for this long, I have to do it.’ And then I saw the septum chains, Colby’s [at New York Adorned] septum chains, and that was like, ‘Ok. I’m just gonna do it,’ because it’s so pretty and feminine even though it’s a big manly piercing to have, kind of. I never wanted the one on the outside of my nose and I never wanted any other kind of facial piercing just because of the scar or mark that it left, but this is so invisible during the day because I flip up the retainer so you can’t even see it if I tilt my head back which is partially because I have a tiny nose and tiny nostrils. It’s been healing fine. It doesn’t hurt at all unlike ear piercings; it’s been relatively easy since I did it. And it didn’t hurt when he pierced it either.”

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  • Em

    Love love love the short hair! I can completely empathize with the lack of attachment to her hair. I lopped all of mine off 5+ years ago and was constantly asked similar questions after I did, I couldn't understand it! Even though I've been growing mine back in for a few years now (so I can donate it), I get green-eyed jealousy every time I see a beautiful woman proudly rocking the crop cut and can't wait to until I get cut all of mine off again! Keep up the amazing feature ITG!!

  • Guava Girls

    Shes so beautiful, I love the delicateness of her face which is contrasted by her hair and the septum ring.

  • aya

    What a beautiful face.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraVee01 The Vee Bee Diaries

    Beautiful hair cut and beautiful woman. I've contemplated cutting all my hair off as well and I feel like at some point in my life I will. I love your clean and effortless look. Goes to show you that you don't need long locks and pounds of make-up to look stunning.

    Thanks for sharing your story!

  • D.

    I'll have to try those VMV products.

    Colby can probably punch you and it wouldn't hurt; he has the hands of a god.

  • http://glossandmagic.blogspot.com/ Gauri

    Lovely hair..perfect for spring :)

  • Drunkonstyle

    Some can really rock short hair, it just suits some faces more than other :)

    http://drunkonstyle.blogspot.com

  • Kate {Something Fabulous}

    She is beautiful. What a wonderful interview! x

    Kate {Something Fabulous}
    http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/stylishdemeanor Loren Lee

    It's the stories like this one that really make me love Into the Gloss! I love reading about women who don't uses a boat load of products. Yet, I still love reading about the women who do! It's the best of both worlds. Laurel is beautiful and I didn't even notice her septum ring before! Quite cool...

  • http://into-mind.com/ Anuschka

    wow she is sooo beautiful! Especiall her eyes and lips!

  • Anonymous

    Laurel could pull off any look, she is so so insanely gorgeous, more so than even movie stars. what a face on that girl. such an individual, too. I aspire to be a beauty writer and Laurel has always been one of my industry crushes (along with you, Emily, and also the amazing Cat Marnell) — this interview so validated my admiration of her. wish I could pull off that shaved head.

  • Jo

    Ehm, well, what else are you supposed to do if you want to keep it the same length (= maintain the same look) ...? It doesn't necessarily mean you are "high maintenance" overall.

    • farrahluv

      I think what she means by high-maintenance is the effort that she has to put into maintaining her look, even though hair cuts themselves are relatively easy.

      what i do think is funny - very little thought went in to her cutting her hair, but then she had so much to think about AFTER! when you really look at her face, her features are nice. and the simple nose ring and delicate earrings really work for her. i remember seeing a photo of her when her hair was shoulder length and i thought that really flattered her. she seemed to have a very chic, parisian sort of vibe. and with this look it's a little more punk-like but still very pretty.

      what i don't understand is why someone, especially a beauty editor, would spend $40 for a tiny jar of coconut oil when you can buy an unrefined, organic coconut oil at any health food store for $10 that is 3x the size...is it the packaging?

      I got pretty excited when she mentioned VMV since I've never heard of them, but after checking out the product she uses, it seems like they aren't very different from all the other "natural" beauty lines on the market.
      The ingredients in the cleanser: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide, Aluminum Stearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Alumina, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Laurate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid

      I don't know, none of that seems "simple" to me and a lot of those ingredients seem rather harsh. I guess everyone has their own idea of simple ingredients.

      • Eunice

        I use VMV mainly because their products are hypoallergenic. Super gentle on the skin. There are natural products that are too harsh for my skin because they're concentrated. Personally, I've quit and jumped off the organic bandwagon because there will always be a loophole in them. Either way, as long as my skin is calm, I'm good.

  • Teenienator

    I love these posts, but honestly, can you please do someone who actually uses and loves makeup. The whole au naturel thing is so tired and contrived.

    • Anonymous

      Teenienator--look no further than Friday's post (Jessica Noghes-Menio): "I like everything being not natural—there’s no reason." And I personally don't think "the whole au naturel thing" is "tired and contrived." ITG is about more than just makeup, it's about style, and Laurel has that in spades. Emily

  • Lou

    Wow, Laurel is so pretty and having short hair really works for her. It makes her eyes and lips stand out and also not wearing much make up is so pretty for her.

    Lou
    http://www.thekeypieces.co.uk

  • Joops

    The eyes and the nose - all she's missing are those lips! If she put some cat-eye eyeliner on and some ultra shiny lipgloss she'd be a dead-ringer.

  • Amanda

    I thought so too, Jenna!

  • Summer Lite

    I thought the same thing!

  • http://www.ellaetcetera.com/ Ella

    laurel is absolutely gorgeous! i had the pleasure of meeting her when i visited the teen vogue offices recently, she has such a nice personality! it was really fascinating to read about her transition to simplicity when she cut her hair, and i really like her look. the bleached short haircut, minimal makeup, and delicate chain septum piercing work perfectly on her!

  • mimi

    she is just so beautiful. dead ringer for angie.

    unfortunately, if i did that to my hair i can guarantee i'd be on the not-so-great side of "too masculine" but she has that gorgeous face and delicate features, so it definitely works for her.

    i like minimalism of her beauty/skin care routine too.

  • http://www.ma-recreation.com/ Lili Barbery-Coulon

    Screaming beauty. And your pictures are amazing Emily, bravo again

  • Nadienne

    How funny. I shaved my head twice last fall and I felt EXACTLY the same way as she describes. I pared down my makeup, my accessories, everything. There's something that feels so clean about it. I HIGHLY recommend doing it. I wanted to for ages before I finally got up the courage, and it was wonderful when I did.

    How lovely. =)

  • Laura Ferguson

    Oh she's gorgeous! Beautiful hair.

  • Laura

    What a beautiful woman and unique way of beauty. Great Feature!

  • NeenaJ

    After reading this, I Googled images of Laurel and was really surprised to see her with long blonde hair, full face makeup and stunning, blood red lips.

    More than anything, I love someone who is willing to go "all in" and radically change their look. Whether it's for fun or something more serious. I agree that it's the confidence that does the most to pull it off.

  • Melanie

    I love her look. I hadn't realized Angelina Jolie had a younger sister. ;-)

  • http://whatthehaute.com/ Hannah

    I had myself a chuckle over that part when said talked about not being that girl who's spunky and eccentric. More chuckles are available at my blog http://www.whatthehaute.com, and yeah, I'd like you to visit there, but really, I did want to comment and say that I really like Laurel's thinking and well-spoken way.

  • Anonymous

    I also cut my hair very short when I was younger (aged 19-22) and LOVED it. It felt very freeing and sexy, without being overtly so. Also made it fun to try different colors - I was platinum one month, aubergine the next, and did a ton of different shades of Manic Panic. Why not? As Laurel points out, if you don't like the result, just wait a few weeks for a do-over. And while I love the natural look for day, it was also easier to get a dramatic effect w/makeup for evening, since there's no major hairstyle in the way to compete. Oh, to be that young again...

  • anonny

    thanks for this post! totally relatable, im actually chopping my hair off for the first time ever this week!

  • http://vvatima.livejournal.com/ murt

    Yes I thought the same thing!

  • Maria

    product link to vmv hypoallergenics?

  • daphnebrunelle

    I think that she has the best features to pull off a shaved head! Those eyes, and the shape of her eyelids too make it easy for her to pare down her makeup and look absolutely stunning. I always thought I could never pull it off, especially since I'm a redhead with tiny eyes. I would definitely need at least loads of eyeliner, mascara and big earrings. :D

  • http://woodstockwardrobe.com/ Dana

    I think girls with as beautiful of a face as she has should show it off! More power to her!

    http://woodstockwardrobe.com/

  • http://essentialexcess.tumblr.com/ BMB

    Cool girl but why is she a beauty editor? She doesn't seem that interested-if I had access to everything she probably does my post would be obsessive and about 238912 pages long!

  • Charlotte

    Well if you've got a face like hers!

    She is so beautiful. Really like her look. One of those stop and stare on the street types.

  • http://newyorkdog.tumblr.com/ andrea

    yes, i was thinking exactly the same thing. She could be her sister or her daughter.

  • Anonymous

    Great coverage of fashion styles.Waiting to see some more out here..Keep Sharing !!!

  • http://twitter.com/artschl_contd elana rachel

    That is the very first time I have seen a septum ring and thought, "Wow, that is beautiful" Absolutely lovely.

    -elana
    artschlcontd.blogspot.com

  • Steph

    Random question... Does anyone know where she gets her eyebrows done? They (like the rest of her) are perfection.

  • Nadine

    Where did she get her sweater?

  • http://www.king-fashion.org/ King-fashion

    love her hair so much.is so cool

  • http://www.innyvinny.com/ InnyVinny

    I hate that people make cutting your hair off into a 'thing' and am glad I wasn't the only one who experienced the barrage of questions after it was done.

    She looks amazing. And now I want to cut my hair off again.

  • KB

    Where is that septum ring from? It's so perfectly delicate!

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