Does Short Hair Give You Confidence?
Evan Rachel Wood, Emma Watson, Hayden Panettierre … would you chop your locks off like these celebs?
Another star has joined the pixie posse! This time it is none other than Evan Rachel Wood, star of HBO’s True Blood. Evan chopped her long locks to debut a piecey, rocker chic pixie cut at the show’s premiere party in Los Angeles.
While all women know that pretty hair gives you confidence (a good hair day equals a good day, period) and we have no doubt that Evan is dripping with an uncommon self-assuredness, we began to wonder: do certain haircuts give you more confidence than others? With the pixie and bob craze at a fever pitch this summer, we figure a short ‘do must impart some sort of transformative self-esteem boost.
Emma Watson, who famously debuted a dramatic pixie cut after concluding the Harry Potter films, touched upon this very topic with UAE’s University Magazine recently, “With short hair, you’ve got to be a little bolder, there’s nothing to hide behind. So it made me bolder in my fashion choices.” She continued, “It’s actually made me more confident as a person I think. I’m not sure why that is. But it has.”
We’re fascinated by this but not one bit surprised. We at Lock & Mane have written extensively on the issue and on post-breakup haircuts in particular, which seem to convey the message “out with the old (read: evil boyfriend and boring long hairdo), in with the new (read: fabulous bob and hunky yet sensitive knight in shining armor).”
We’ve also investigated the various societal perceptions of uber long hair (hello Kardashians) as well as the stereotypes behind different shades (blondes are approachable, brunettes cold, redheads sensual). Different hairstyles have different meanings, both to you and to the rest of the world.
We reached out to both friends and celebs who have taken the short hair plunge.
Hayden in June 2011; Hayden last Feb, 2011
Hayden Panettiere told Lock & Mane that while she loved the spontaneity behind a short style, sometimes she missed the longer ‘do: “As a female you have those days when you’re not feeling so good and if you have a good head of hair you can hide behind it.” She was wearing shoulder length hair extensions at the time of the interview.
Our dear friend Piper Weiss, author of My Mom the Style Icon and Yahoo Shine editrix, recently cut off all of her hair (after years with impossible long and crazy curls) and told us that her confidence in the look ebbs and flows.
“I got through waves of confidence with my hair. Sometimes I convince myself I’m totally punk rock or gamine and sometimes, especially when it’s humid out, I look more like Sophia from the Golden Girls,” Piper told us. “It comes with the territory, but it’s worth it for the larger lesson at hand: don’t take your hair so seriously. It’s yours. Do whatever you want with it!”
Tell us: Do you have short hair? Would you ever go for it?
Jackie Cascarano is the Founder and Creative Director of Lock & Mane, the fastest growing luxury beauty retailer on the web. Featuring a carefully curated selection of hair products and luxe accessories along with a fun and informative style blog, Lock & Mane is the ultimate destination for luxury hair care online.