THE SHORT OF IT

THE SHORT OF IT

Josie Borain Hairstyles, haircuts or just hair in general, are not universal. A flowing mane of long hair on one woman can look like a limp mop on another and so on, but the negativity bestowed upon short haircuts is confounding. We’ve briefly tapped into the backlash that appears when a woman, famous or not chops off her hair and we've come to conclude that the ‘manosphere’ is anti-crop without being innately sexist. In the media, short haircuts are presented as a cry for help in conjunction with a break up or some sort of emotional turmoil. We’ve had our fair share of Britney’s but now we turn to the women who are redefining beauty on their own terms. Emma Watson wears the perfect example of a powerful cut, liberating her hair and simultaneously shedding her childhood persona. Her haircut marks the beginning of a new phase in her career from child star to respectable adult. Comparably… almost, Miley Cyrus shed her homespun locks to give Disney the final boot. She claims her bottle-blonde crop provides her with newfound confidence to be the woman she’s always wanted to be. Every generation has a short-haired style hero from Edie Sedgewick and Winona Ryder to Rihanna and Miley, we all want to be that girl with short hair. Long hair is not only viewed as an ideal feminine standard, it’s historically viewed as a sign of luxury ie. you can afford the maintenance and you are healthy. Otherwise long hair is a sign of youth and fertility. Long hair means you are young, and our culture is obsessed with youth. Thus women of all backgrounds purchase clip-in hair extensions to ensure they meet the minimum hair requirement. However, short hair does not make a woman any more or less intelligent, sexy or subversive than a woman with long hair. Hair choices should not be so shocking to society, besides it’s just dead cells growing from your scalp! So why are women too scared to go short? Is it due to the commitment and time taken to grow it back? Perhaps it’s because short hair is recognised as a masculine trait? Gender is a social construct, it gets complicated but some women feel that cutting off their hair is the equivalent of rejecting feminine beauty. At Hershesons, we prefer to experiment with our hair. It is essential for our clients to know what they want and it is essential that they explore their own face. We play with various dimensions, haircuts and face shapes; we like to say we’ve had it all. Almost every woman can wear short hair. The secret is finding the right cut for your needs that’s why our team at Daniel Hersheson will help you with the ‘short’ of it. 7 reasons why we love short hair: 1. Change - It’s like reinventing yourself. 2. Confidence - Unleash your rebellious streak. 3. Revelation - You'll learn something new about yourself and others. 4. Inspiration - and soon as you do it, someone else is bound to follow. 5. Routine - Simply wash and go. 6. Time is money and money is time - save on minutes as well as conditioner. 7. It grows back - Good news for anyone who’s not down with any of the above. Image source: Josie Borain Calvin Klein 1985