Jen Aniston's Hairstylist on New Cut: "It Was Time for a Change"

Celebrity Style Feb. 23, 2011 AT 5:28PM
Jen Aniston's Hairstylist on New Cut: "It Was Time for a Change" Credit: Fotonoticias/WireImage

It was the chop seen round the world: Jennifer Aniston made headlines on Tuesday when she debuted a chin-length new bob while promoting Just Go With It in Madrid, Spain.

According to the 42-year-old actress' longtime hair guru Chris McMillan, "it was just time for a change."

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"We had a blast doing it, and we've always liked this haircut," McMillan tells Allure. "It's about keeping things simple."

One look Aniston wanted to avoid? Looking like a cast member from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

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"They all have that natural, piecey hair. It's nice to take the extensions out of the hair and do something more natural. It's gotten out of hand," McMillan says. "But I can't stop watching it."

According to McMillan, Aniston's "chic" and "simple" 'do was inspired by Vidal Sassoon haircuts and Julie Christie in Shampoo. "I call it a hairline bob that follows the jawline down," he explains. "It's shortened in back and longer in front."

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Though Aniston's locks appear lighter, McMillan says he didn't actually change up the actress' color.

"It's so funny. This is something that happens all the time: Whenever I cut someone's hair, they say, 'My color looks so much better,'" he says. "The color kind of freshens up when you get a drastic haircut."

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Aniston's new look is slightly reminiscent of "The Rachel," the Friends-era haircut that propelled her to '90s superstardom.

"How do I say this? I think it was the ugliest haircut I've ever seen," Aniston told Allure in February. "What I really want to know is, how did that thing have legs?"

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