The big chop is no easy feat: we get so attached to our long hair that’s been with us through breakups, job promotions, and new apartments that we just can’t imagine letting it go (plus, no more easy ponytails? Scary). However, it can be a totally liberating and exciting feeling for lots of people: just take a look at these celebrities and see! You can feel their confidence seeping through the screen.

Hayden Panettiere
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Hayden Panettiere
Hayden’s adorable “clavicut” isn’t exactly super short, but it’s certainly a big change from the waist-length locks she was sporting months earlier. Her big chop, like many others’, was inspired by a desire for her physical appearance to reflect the internal changes she wanted to make: “chopping hair off is like getting rid of metaphorical and literal dead ends. Off with the old and growing the new”, she captioned on her recent Snapchat of the cut.

Lena Dunham
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Lena Dunham
You might say Lena is the queen of pushing boundaries, and her hair is certainly no exception. Many stylists would tell clients with Lena’s face shape to stay far away from a pixie, but Lena’s confidence and happiness make it look beautiful.

Emma Watson
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Emma Watson
Although you could probably put Emma in a paper bag and still have supermodel looks, her pixie cut totally ramped up her beauty. And Emma had been wanting to chop her locks for a while, too: according to EW, she decided to do it immediately after her run with the Harry Potter series that required her long hair had ended. Said Emma, “I’ve wanted to do this since I was about 16, so as soon as I had the chance I was like: Right. This is it.”

Ginnifer Goodwin
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Ginnifer Goodwin
While we love feminine “big chops”, we absolutely love the more masculine cut of Ginnifer Goodwin’s pixie. Ginnifer told Daily Makeover she grew up with short hair, went long to be more versatile in the acting world, then did the Big Chop in a bold move that ultimately left her happier: she says the look is “absolutely more me, which is ironic because I’m extremely girly”. Masculine locks with feminine style? We love it.

Charlize Theron
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Charlize Theron
Charlize, wearer of bobs, lobs, pixies, and more, is probably the queen of the Big Chop. Take a look through her past short hairstyles and you’re bound to find one you can take to your stylist’s chair. And if you don’t absolutely love your new short hair, no big deal: Charlize’s stylist Enzo Angileri mentions that “any woman who wants to grow out her hair should have a hairdresser that achieves a new look little by little”, so it won’t look shapeless and boring if you decide to grow it out.

Keke Palmer
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Keke Palmer
Keke’s dramatic Big Chop in 2014 from Rapunzel-length to barely-there is one of our absolute favorites. Not only does the look flatter her face shape, show off her glow, and highlight her higher-than-high cheekbones, Keke was thrilled about the cut (the most important part of the Big Chop, in our opinion). According to her stylist Ursula Stephen, “She was so excited throughout the whole process! So giggly, happy and dancing all over the salon. It was a fun time.”

In closing, take some tips from these ladies: whether you decide to bob it, shear it, or go full-on pixie, make sure you’re happy and confident in the choice that you make.