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What It Means to Have a Pixie Cut When You’re Not Famous
New York Magazine ^ | CHERYL WISCHHOVER

Posted on 08/13/2013 1:06:05 PM PDT by nickcarraway

By now you've probably heard: Short haircuts are happening. Everywhere. From the September Vogue Paris cover, to Coco Rocha's Instagram in real time, to Rihanna, who went short a few weeks ago. And if there are other life forms out there in the universe, I’m sure even they have heard about Beyoncé’s pixie cut, polled their colonies for their citizens’ opinions, and put forth multiple theories about why she did it.

But as a short-haired woman for the past two years, I’ve been watching the pixie hysteria unfold with some level of bemusement. I was never that comfortable with long hair on myself. The longest I’ve had it is to my shoulders, and the bob is sort of my sweet spot. But in the early nineties, I was really into Depeche Mode and wanted to date someone with Martin Gore hair. I was not attracted to Gore himself — too asexual. But I loved his hair and I finally decided that if I couldn’t date his hair, then I would have his hair. This led to years of various bowl cuts, mousse experiments, and sometimes tears. But it’s still the ideal to which I aspire. In the meantime, if you're considering chopping all of your hair off, I'd like to share a few things I've learned:

It’s Not Sexy and Men Hate It After Bey cut her hair, I got a press release from the appalling dating site WhatsYourPrice.com, wherein people bid to go on dates with you and you get to keep the money. Men there bid about 40 percent less on women with hair above their shoulders than on women with hair below their shoulders. Now, I actually take that as a compliment, because I’d definitely rather have a man who knows the value of a dollar and doesn’t squander it all on long-haired bimbos. (I kid! It’s not your fault, my long-tressed sisters, that your hair makes men want to have babies with you.)

My husband met me when I had short hair and claims to like it. I’ll just have to take him at his word. I’m pretty sure Linda Evangelista, another nineties hair idol of mine who frequently chopped her hair, never had any problem getting a man into her bed. Miley Cyrus was recently No. 1 on the Maxim hot list, an honor rarely bestowed on ladies without classic bombshell hair, which Miley pointed out.

Dumb People Will Probably Assume You Are a Lesbian Because, Ellen. Someone recently told me that I look like Ellen, actually. (If only I could get my tousle as perfect as hers.) My college-age nephews used to call me Uncle Cheryl as a joke when I first cut my hair. Ah, Midwestern 19-year-old humor!

Or That You Are Going Through a Life Phase of Some Sort By the fall, I’m quite certain colleges will be offering psychology courses about Beyoncé’s cut, which you can only take after you pass Michelle Obama’s Bangs 101 and Lady Gaga's Beauty Bi-polarism 201. Stylist and author Lauren Rothman told the the Washington Post, “It’s the end of the Mrs. Carter Tour and she’s really getting into motherhood and the throes of her 30s, or it could be the expression of a significant life change we may not know about.” I actually sort of buy this explanation. Women make changes to their appearance when change occurs in their lives or when they think they need something different. (Or, you know, when they get their weave stuck in a fan.) Hence the dreaded “breakup bangs” phenomenon. And remember how Emma Watson cut her hair after Harry Potter was over to make a statement of emancipation? Michelle Williams, my own personal short hair hero, is growing hers out, and it might be because she’s finally ready to move on from Heath Ledger, who supposedly loved her with short hair.

Finally, People Think You’re Really Brave to Go That Short Buzzfeed published a list of things you should never say to a woman with short hair, and they all involve some sort of backhanded compliment. I’ve heard every single one of them, and I noticed this happening with people’s reactions to Beyoncé’s cut, too. They wrote things like “Beyoncé could walk around with bird droppings on her head and she’d look hot!” The implicit message being that the cut is the equivalent of guano?

I like having short hair. The fact that celebs are embracing the cut is a bit of a double-edged sword, though. For a while I heard, "Oh, you have the Miley!" (Is that a compliment? Unclear.) But maybe it will make it less scary for other, non-celebrity women to try. The cut is a real confidence builder, because you don't have any hair to hide behind. It's just your cheekbones against the world.

Do I sometimes wish I could just wake up one morning with long hair and avoid the painful growing-out process? Yes. Mostly because I want to try one of those Game of Thrones Khaleesi braid tutorials.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Hobbies; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: boyishhair; culturewar; haircuts; lesbibobs; lugs; metrosexual; peterpan; pixiecut; tinkerbell
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1 posted on 08/13/2013 1:06:05 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Blech. I like women with lovely long hair and I have never been a fan of boyish hairstyles for women.


2 posted on 08/13/2013 1:10:43 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

“Pixie”? I call it “Butch”!


3 posted on 08/13/2013 1:14:03 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Army Air Corps

Agreed. Some girls apparently want to have a mannish appearance. It does not look good on most girls.


4 posted on 08/13/2013 1:17:20 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Army Air Corps
Men do not like short hair on women. Further, I assert that for a woman with short hair to appear feminine and pretty, she must have a heart-shaped face, perfect and small features, flawless skin, an elegant neck, and striking coloring. When Elizabeth Taylor was nineteen, she had short hair and was luminously beautiful, but most women are not Elizabeth Taylor in her prime.
5 posted on 08/13/2013 1:17:39 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Not all short hair girls are mannish or butch. Sometimes it really fits their faces and looks nice.


6 posted on 08/13/2013 1:18:58 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: nickcarraway

This is so apropos of absolutely nothing.


7 posted on 08/13/2013 1:19:33 PM PDT by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve never cared one way or the other about a woman’s hair, least interesting part of the body. One pro of short hair is if they have a nice neck, but other than that hair is much more about impressing other women than men.


8 posted on 08/13/2013 1:20:11 PM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: GeronL

I agree, but read my post. Women have to be very pretty and a certain type of pretty to have short hair and still be pretty.


9 posted on 08/13/2013 1:21:13 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: nickcarraway

lol I call those type of haircuts “Lesbi-bobs”

And not because of ellen lol


10 posted on 08/13/2013 1:22:03 PM PDT by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Army Air Corps

“I like women with lovely long hair”

This short hairstyle thing may have something to do with baby boomers moving into their golden years (which are anything BUT “golden”).

I loved my long hair back when I could wear it long; it was gorgeous, if I do say so myself. However, since hitting about 50, the hair got thinner and limper and duller and “long” isn’t even a possibility. The dull part can be dealt with, but thin is thin. Now, at 65, short hair is the only option. So, before condemning us, maybe consider that some of us have no choice.


11 posted on 08/13/2013 1:23:08 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam (I feel much better since I gave up hope.)
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To: nickcarraway
It’s Not Sexy and Men Hate It

BS. I love women with short hair. Some men hate it but not all. I think that some of the most attractive women I've seen had short hair.


12 posted on 08/13/2013 1:23:29 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (So Obama "inherited" a mess? Firemen "inherit" messes too. Ever see one put gasoline on it?)
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To: GeronL; Lazmataz
Some asian women look absolutely beautiful with pixie cuts

So do ex-borg and vulcans.

There you go Laz, LOL

13 posted on 08/13/2013 1:23:52 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: nickcarraway
Miley Cyrus was recently No. 1 on the Maxim hot list, an honor rarely bestowed on ladies without classic bombshell hair, which Miley pointed out.

Which shows you how much the term "hot" as been diluted. She is no more than ordinary looking, not even pretty.

14 posted on 08/13/2013 1:23:53 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Army Air Corps

I had a brief fascination with short-haired women when Dorothy Hamill was burning up the ice. But in general I’m with you.

The traffic girl on our local news the other day had this long, flowing, gently curling storybook princess hair. Gorgeous!


15 posted on 08/13/2013 1:24:03 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: utahagen

I will agree with you on this. A very small segment of the female population can successfully sport a “pixie cut” and it does require more delicate and refined features to do so.


16 posted on 08/13/2013 1:24:42 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: nickcarraway
When my little sister (the only girl as well as “daddy's little girl”) was a kid my Dad always wanted her to get a pixie.It was kind of a running joke between them.
17 posted on 08/13/2013 1:26:14 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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18 posted on 08/13/2013 1:27:18 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: GeronL
Agreed.

I have always thought this woman was gorgeous in short hair:

19 posted on 08/13/2013 1:29:06 PM PDT by rlmorel (Illegal aliens don't have to obey our border laws. We don't have to treat them as citizens. Even.)
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To: nickcarraway
I am 47 and my hair falls just above my waist. Once as a child (when I also had hair to my waist) my liberal mother cut hers off and demanded that I also get a pixie hair cut. I was devastated.

The second time I mistakenly cut my hair is when I worked in the corporate world and all the women were jealous of my long, lovely blond locks and would make derogatory comments in their jealousy. I was also dating a man with a very corporate family (my now in-laws) and wanted to try out a new 'conservative look'. I regretted it within a month. (Although I think my mother-in-law loved my more snipped sexuality--as this is what cutting my hair off felt like for me.

Finally my hair is back (it takes longer to grow when one is older.). I love it. My husband loves it. My girl friends envy me and every man I meet seems to find it alluring. So hey. My thought is it won't be long until old 'B' and 'R" have their waves back. At first it is new and fun then . . . :(.

20 posted on 08/13/2013 1:29:46 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: nickcarraway

Bimbo proud, here.

:)


21 posted on 08/13/2013 1:30:09 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Army Air Corps

See post #19...an oldster like you should agree with this one!


22 posted on 08/13/2013 1:30:14 PM PDT by rlmorel (Illegal aliens don't have to obey our border laws. We don't have to treat them as citizens. Even.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

You forgot Valarie Jarrett .... “red” hot mamma!


23 posted on 08/13/2013 1:31:00 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The only growth industries left under Progressives are government and poverty.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

You forgot Janine Turner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


24 posted on 08/13/2013 1:31:17 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

They have to have the right face for it.

The pictures you posted are good examples. I’d have never have noticed the hairstyles, were it not for the context of this article. Too busy admiring their features.


25 posted on 08/13/2013 1:31:31 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

You forgot Audrey Hepburn.


26 posted on 08/13/2013 1:32:05 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Indeed. Also, when I say “Long” I am not talking about it being down to the floor and beyond. Personally, shoulder length is plenty short for my personal tastes and the women who have dated tended to grow their to lengths ranging from shoulder length to waist level. Again, personally, I like the way that longer hair frames the face and falls down about the shoulders. Yowza.


27 posted on 08/13/2013 1:32:18 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: GraceG

28 posted on 08/13/2013 1:32:26 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Lizavetta

Many young girls of today thinks that Pretty = Slutty, and that somehow Slutty > Pretty. This gives you a Miley Cyrus or Rhianna.


29 posted on 08/13/2013 1:32:33 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: MayflowerMadam

The extremely safe estriol cream will fix all that.


30 posted on 08/13/2013 1:33:01 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Yes. Great point. Features on a face matter as does the size of the face as well. Yet even some of us that could go either way choose long as it is just sexy and fun and you can brush it along a gentleman’s muscle with greater ease ;).


31 posted on 08/13/2013 1:33:06 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: nickcarraway

A pixie cut traumatized me as an 8 year old. I was getting my hair cut, but it didn’t want it that short. I remember coming home from the beauty parlor, crying, putting a bag over my head.


32 posted on 08/13/2013 1:34:10 PM PDT by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: GOP Poet

You go girl!


33 posted on 08/13/2013 1:34:55 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: rlmorel

Well, I am younger than you may think, but I agree that she looked good. Again, her features make the style work. Still, my personal preference would be for a few more inches of hair. ;-)


34 posted on 08/13/2013 1:35:42 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

1. Nope
2. Ridulously short, waste of a good face
3. Classic but looks prematurely old
4. See #2


35 posted on 08/13/2013 1:35:58 PM PDT by PeteePie (Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people - Proverbs 14:34)
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To: NEWwoman

13, here.

Mom’s idea... my dad was crushed.

Which was probably the whole point.


36 posted on 08/13/2013 1:37:34 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; obama
PIxie cutted. Do we HEART 'er now, or what?!


37 posted on 08/13/2013 1:37:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Army Air Corps

Mine went short after I had twins. I couldn’t handle both babies pulling on my hair.

I’ve grown it out a bit since then, but still keep it short. It’s easier to style.


38 posted on 08/13/2013 1:38:17 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: PeteePie
Okay. Now how about these two:

39 posted on 08/13/2013 1:40:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: rlmorel

Good Gravy!! I’ve seen less hirsute eyebrows on Ernest Borgnine!


40 posted on 08/13/2013 1:40:28 PM PDT by jaydee770
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To: GOP Poet

You hit on a very important point. Women can do many wonderful and playful things with their when it is longer than Moe Howard’s. Personally, I would often become entranced watching a young woman twirl and play with her hair.


41 posted on 08/13/2013 1:40:56 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
For some reason people don't associate Monroe with short hair.
42 posted on 08/13/2013 1:41:10 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Army Air Corps

LOL, I thought I had dialogue with you once, and I could have sworn you were of the age group that would remember well who Audrey Hepburn was.

I think most guys do prefer longer hair. What can we say? It is programmed into us. My wife used to have short hair, and she was beautiful in it, but then, she had a long, slender neck as well.

Ah. I appreciate the beauty of them in all their forms...:)


43 posted on 08/13/2013 1:41:30 PM PDT by rlmorel (Illegal aliens don't have to obey our border laws. We don't have to treat them as citizens. Even.)
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To: nickcarraway

I have no idea what a pixie cut is but my wife cut her hair short about 50 years ago and she wouldn’t have long hair again if you paid her.


44 posted on 08/13/2013 1:42:32 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: jaydee770

Heh, that was the look back then...:)


45 posted on 08/13/2013 1:42:34 PM PDT by rlmorel (Illegal aliens don't have to obey our border laws. We don't have to treat them as citizens. Even.)
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To: nickcarraway
Meh.

Bobs are for amateurs. If they really want to make a fashion statement, they'd go all the way.


46 posted on 08/13/2013 1:42:49 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: CaptainK
"...For some reason people don't associate Monroe with short hair..."

Huh. I wonder why?

47 posted on 08/13/2013 1:43:23 PM PDT by rlmorel (Illegal aliens don't have to obey our border laws. We don't have to treat them as citizens. Even.)
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To: rlmorel
Ah. I appreciate the beauty of them in all their forms...:)

Amen, brother!
48 posted on 08/13/2013 1:43:27 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: nickcarraway
I like my past-the-shoulder ponytail just fine. It goes well with my beard.

/johnny

49 posted on 08/13/2013 1:43:51 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: CaptainK

Even in that shot, the hair isn’t ridiculously short. Sopping wet, that hair would be below her ears.


50 posted on 08/13/2013 1:44:53 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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