I decided to chop all my hair off when I was 21. I was tired of hair clips and head bands and wanted something new. What was it Coco Chanel said; “a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”
"Really short,” I told my hairdresser Julie as I sat down in the shiny pleather chair. "Like Christopher Robin."
Since then I’ve always has short hair dos; pixie crops, undercuts and super short bobs.
I like my hair but I’ve had to put up with a lot of fake women with a lot of fake hair telling me to ditch the crop.
“Why don’t you grow it out?’ they ask while squinting at my crown. “It’ll look more feminine - prettier.”
And straight men aren’t much better. “But why did you do it?” bar flies ask. “You could have been so much more.”
And the most common comment. “You’re ok looking – for a woman with short hair.” Gee, thanks.
“It’s that macho thing,” top stylist Dylan Bradshaw explained. “I think it goes back to the cave man days.”
“The image of clubbing a woman over the head and dragging her by her long hair back home.” I guess you can’t drag her home if she has short hair.
As a general rule of thumb, I find the less hair a middle aged man has on his own head, the more likely he is to bad mouth mine.
And I’m not alone. “The only people who like it are gay men and my girlfriends,” elfin actress Michelle Williams said about her pixie cut. "Straight men across the board are not into this hair.”
But rather than increase appreciation of short hair, hostility for shorn and short dos has grown.
“You make think it’s edgy but normal ladies, if fine women can’t pull it off, you don’t even stand a chance,” online website TotalFrat stated.
A woman’s magazine with Eva Longoria on the cover sporting a pixie do screamed "Don’t worry – it’s a wig!!”
Equally infuriating are women who feel getting a close cut is on a par with climbing Everest.
“Should I go for a pixie crop?” an acquaintance on twitter recently asked. Pals and followers screamed ‘No’. "Thanks for your advice,” she quipped. “Not that brave!”
Brave? I mean really, it’s a hair cut.
Can we all calm down and give short hair some much needed credit. It is miles and miles better than long hair.
Sure you lose the swish-swoosh of lengthy locks, but there are massive pluses.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s extremely flattering. As my great aunt Muriel never tired of telling me “when you cut your hair short you lose a nose and gain a neck. And necks are much sexier than noses.”
Long hair is boring. Every Irish model going has the same (fake) tumbling hombre hued tresses.
"It’s not even long hair anymore," Dylan Bradshaw remarked. “It’s Mermaid style extensions.”
“Women now look like they should be sitting on a rock wearing a sea shell bra. It’s generic.”
“We need to go back to the nineties when Linda Evagelista changed her hair every season.” Hear Hear!
Women with short hair have fantastic eyebrows; Erin O’Connor and Audrey Hepburn are a case in point.
Short hair is more manageable; there’s no need for tongs, straighteners, extensions, masks or hot oil treatments. Easy breezy.
Short hair throws cheek bones and eyes into high relief.
You look strong, powerful and important. “A woman with short hair signals strength and confidence,” Dylan said. “Women with short hair have some bottle - there is less to hide behind.”
Men hold the back of your head when they kiss you.
You look dressed up wearing drop earrings and a flick of mascara. And as that famous fashion dictum states; less is more.
It’s very French; nothing says Parisian chic like super short hair and a Breton striped jumper.
So let’s cut to the chase – short hair is the tops.