When I first had all my hair cut off, I didn’t for a second consider the implications of shedding my long, blonde locks. I just wanted a change, something drastic. A pixie crop was the answer and I stayed that way for years. As my hair is naturally fine, keeping it short does wonders for its volume (and my patience – I hate styling it).
When I tell people my hair is naturally blonde and used to be very long, some will give me the sympathetic head tilt and ask ‘do you miss it?’. For years I was delighted with my short hair and couldn’t understand the female need for long, lustrous locks… but then something changed. All of a sudden, I was desperate for flowing hair, with tumbling waves and a fringe to peek from under.
In my case, it’s a need for change more than anything… but I do think there’s a kind of cultural acceptance for females with long hair. Disney Princesses have long hair. It’s so inherently feminine that even Doc Martens look girly, and if you wear a Peter Pan collar you’re in danger of spontaneously combusting into saccharine-sweet, Zooey Deschanel flames. Also, you can swish it.
As much as I try not to link my happiness to the way I look, I am enjoying this new mermaid hair. And I can now understand why so many women with beautiful hair are terrified of hairdressers. As unprogressive as it is, hair is still an indicator of beauty and femininity, and after years without this particular asset, it feels good to go long. Very good.
What do you think – are you staying short or growing out? If you have long hair, would you ever consider the chop?