Can We Stop Making A Big Deal About Women’s Haircuts?

Seriously, enough already. They're just haircuts.
Publish date:
November 28, 2013
haircuts, personal style

The buzz that surrounded Jennifer Lawrence's hair has been quite laughable hasn't it? And it's STILL going weeks later. People got all up in arms over her short cut, creating all these wacky ideas as to why she chopped it and it turned out...she just wasn't fond of her previous hairstyle.

In an interview with Yahoo, she said: “I don't know, I cut it earlier, and it was just kind of like [shoulder-length] and it grew to that awkward, gross length. I just kept putting it back in a bun, and I said, 'Well I don't want to do this,' so I just cut it off." And there you have it. The driving force behind Jennifer’s hair change wasn’t some traumatic event or a rebellion against society, but simply a desire to make a change.

I've often sat down in the chair and let my stylist work his magic. Not because I just went through a break-up or because I was on my period, but simply because I needed that maintenance trim -- and that subsequently turned into something different than I had planned. That is after all a hair stylist’s job, in my opinion: to reel you back into the real world when you present him/her with a picture of Beyoncé’s latest hairstyle that would never look good with your bone structure and face shape.

Speaking of Beyoncé, she also went through a hair transformation this year, taking to Instagram with a pixie cut that set the media ablaze. Women were featured on morning news shows getting the “Beyoncé cut” (because no one in history ever had a cropped style before), while countless others publicly expressed their opinion on the style on social media.

The fascination with women’s hair has seemed to exist from the beginning of time as hair has been rooted to our overall beauty and femininity. To cut it seems symbolic of severing ties with that girlishness, though it seems a bit archaic to imply that a woman is no longer as soft as her longer-haired self solely because of a few snips, no?

In 2013, we can no longer continue the farce of pretending that appearance is unimportant. With the rise of the selfie and Instagram, I’d actually say the attention paid to how a woman looks is at an all-time high. Hair does have the ability to make a forceful impression, so I get its worth, but it’s really quite ridiculous to assume that every new haircut is some grand act of rebellion initiated by some personal impetus. Sometimes a girl just wants to change up her look: every shortening of our hair isn’t akin to some kind of death of our previous selves which requires us to rise from the ashes like a phoenix.

I lighten my hair about twice a year and get a cut along with it. I might leave the salon with my same old length or something altogether different, depending on my mood and what my stylist has up his sleeve. It really isn’t a big deal, despite the protestations of society. I say we give it a break and let women do what we choose with what belongs to us.

Why in fact do we make such a big fuss over women cutting their hair? Do your haircuts stand for something momentous or are they just fun, spontaneous changes?