There comes a time in every woman's life when she winds up asking herself the one fateful question she never thought she'd ask: Should I cut my hair? Be it because the lead in the film she just saw was sporting a cute, cropped 'do, or because she's simply in the mood for a change, at some point or another, even the most devout of long hair fans come face-to-face with this quandary.
Some women just talk about it. They can only go as far as cutting an extra inch off when they're at the salon. Some are more adventurous and go for a bob, or a lob (long bob). And still some brave souls go balls to the wall and cut a full-blown pixie. Like Michelle Williams.
If you're one of these daring women -- I tip my longish hair to you. I'd feel naked with my locks that short. But did you know -- or care -- that, according to Michelle, "Straight men across the board are not into this hair"?
Not exactly breakthrough news. The beauty ideal that's been forced down all of our throats does not feature a Peter Pan/Sandy Duncan-esque hairdo. It features long, shiny, flowing locks that bounce when we walk. Think Kate Middleton. Except typically blonde.
Also, let's be honest, women look more feminine, by society's standards, with long hair. By no means am I saying that Michelle Williams -- or anyone with short hair -- looks manly (the woman would look gorgeous and girly as hell with a bright green mohawk). I'm saying think of all the princesses we grew up watching. They all had long hair. And the effect of that wasn't just instilling that "long hair is pretty" in little girls, it was instilled in boys, too. Hence, their penchant for grown-out tresses.
Michelle's reasoning for keeping her hair short is a poignant one, though. One that really has nothing to do with eschewing beauty ideals or even liking the way it looks. She's keeping it because her late partner, Heath Ledger, loved her with short hair. It's a memorial to who she calls "the one straight man who has ever liked short hair." I think that's pretty fantastic. Except I'm going to have to disagree that Heath is the one straight man who has ever liked short hair.
My husband likes it. He's given up now, but there was a period when he wouldn't stop pushing "the pixie" on me. I thought it was awesome that he wasn't into what "typical dudes" are into, but I would never do it. Sorry, honey. Maybe it's partially because I, too, have bought into the beauty ideal, but mainly I think it's because I just feel comfortable with long hair. It's kind of like a safety blanket of sorts -- like my glasses when I wear them. I feel like I can hide if I want.
Then again, maybe if I had Michelle Williams' face, I'd feel differently.
Have you ever chopped your hair?
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