Here’s a little anecdote that I’m sure will make you laugh, and allow you to understand where I’m coming from when I say that short hair is just as beautiful and sexy as long locks.
After growing my hair out from something that was a mix between a bob and a bowl (Coconut Head from Ned’s Declassified, anyone?) in elementary school, I quickly allowed my thick, wavy hair to reach my bum. It was soooo long, and everyone thought it was so pretty. But I had a secret.
Under the top layer of my “beautiful” and “feminine” hair was a giant rats nest knot. We had to make a trip to the hairdressers so she could cut it out.
Problem solved, right?
This happened not once and not twice, but three times until I finally learned my lesson. After the third knot, my parents would check to make sure I’d brush it. My dad would threaten me that he’d give me a buzz cut or a crew cut. That threat always scared me into taking care of my hair from that point on.
Like I said before, my hair is thick and wavy, so it’s a pain in the a$$ to straighten, blow dry, and keep frizz away. In middle school, I started wearing my hair in a bun almost every day because I didn’t want to deal with it, and I hated it falling in my face. My dad, being a guy, hates when he sees me wear my hair up. He always asks for me to wear it down, because it’s beautiful.
When I got my hair cut this past week, I did it for the reasons I explained in yesterday’s post. But another reason why I did it was because I was tired of slaving over it. When I came home, my dad was shocked. I think he was sad too. I don’t want to say he hates it (even though he says that he loves anything I do), but he prefers my old hair without a doubt. When I told my boyfriend, Justin, about my dad’s reaction, Justin said it didn’t surprise him.
When I pitched my new hair idea to Justin, he told me to go for it and thought it would look good on me. When I finally got it cut, he loved it, and that is new to him. Justin always thought that girls needed to have long hair to be pretty… until I got my hair cut short. When he saw how flattering and sexy it was, he changed his mind about what makes a girl beautiful. (Cue the confetti and party poppers! A celebration is in order!)
What this little scenario tells me speaks volumes more than just hair style. It’s about women. It’s about what beauty is.
I think one of the reasons why short hair styles (including bobs and pixies) aren’t fully embraced by youthful young women is because they’re not viewed as beautiful. Why is that? Not to get all “raging feminist” on you, but I think the reason is that girls are afraid that the guys in their life won’t think they’re attractive. I mean, save the short hair styles for your thirties, like when you’re “old.” That’s total crap!
Girls, if Shailene Woodley, Emma Watson, Julianne Hough, and countless other celebrities can rock the shortdo, there’s no excuse you can’t too.
Be bold. Be daring.