I’m a short-haired girl. It’s just how I roll. My first foray into short hair was when I was ten, long before puberty. I asked my hairdresser neighbor to cut it “boy-short” (even then I had delusions of looking like Mia Farrow), and while the cut was great and I loved it, my lack of breasts and hips combined with my new ‘do got me mistaken for a boy all summer long. I swore I’d never cut it short again; and I didn’t, until college.
When I say short, I don’t mean chin-length, or even a bob. I mean short, I mean pixie short; as in at this moment, the hair on my head is about one inch long. For me, it fits my personality: I straddle the line between tomboy and girlie-girl quite effortlessly. Sure, I wear a dress almost every day, but I also wear it with Chucks, a hoodie, and my unwashed bedhead of hair. My hair is naturally curly, and honestly, if I ever grew it out, it would be lovely – big, but lovely (think: SJP in the first few seasons of Sex and the City). I love my low-maintenance haircut, I also love that it took me years to muster the confidence to cut it this short (it’s the shortest now that it has ever been). In a society that tells us long hair on women is beautiful and feminine, I think it takes a little something extra to kick conventions in the groin and chop it; it’s kinda like giving the middle finger to years’ worth of media cliches about how women’s hair is “supposed” to look.
With actresses like Carey Mulligan (pictured) and Mia Wasikowska cutting their hair short, and of course, Halle Berry bringing her pixie cut back, it had me thinking: are pixie cuts on the rise again? Personally, I don’t need a celebrity to tell me whether or not my haircut is “hot,” but apparently it is right now. With that in mind, I headed to Manhattan’s Lower East Side to talk with Michael Damico, who owns Crops for Girls, a salon that specializes in short cuts for women. He agreed to answer a couple of questions for me.
What do you love about short hair on girls?
I don’t prefer short hair, but prefer to cut short hair because it allows so many cuts and styles. Trimming long hair past the shoulders isn’t exciting. I like to do creative, funky cuts…it’s what I like to do.
Do you think it says something about their personality?
I don’t think so, in my experience it’s a personal preference. Some do it for the thrill of making a dramatic change, some do it because of hair damage and frizziness from over-processing.
Do you have a favorite celebrity who wore, or wears, the pixie cut flawlessly?
Keira Knightley and Pink.
I sat with Michael for about forty-minutes and realized there’s not just a passion there for cutting short hair, but maybe even a healthy obsession. The CFG website clearly states: “Only women – Only short haircuts,” and while Michael admits he’d never turn down business, his fixation is definitely on hair that is above the shoulder.
So what kind of women can successfully rock the short cut? Opinions vary.
While some stylists will tell you that you need a certain face shape (round, square or heart-shaped) to rock the pixie cut, Michael doesn’t think that’s necessarily true; he thinks it’s more about your features.
Before committing to a short cut, he suggests pulling back your hair and examining your face. If there’s anything about your face you don’t like and don’t want to bring attention to, then maybe a short cut isn’t for you because it’s just going to accentuate those features. Michael also suggests calling around to salons that do consultations and getting multiple professional opinions, as well as feedback from your friends as to whether or not you can get away with such a cropped look. If you have ears like Dumbo or were born without a chin, the ultra short cut isn’t for you…or maybe it is, because you’re so cool you don’t care.
As for me? My most dreaded feature on my body is my nose. I’ve hated it since a boy in junior high school pointed out to me and my entire class, just how large it is, just how “French” (his word, not mine) it is. While I’ve grown into my nose since then, I still hate it, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that even if I had the money, I’d probably never “fix” it. My pixie cut definitely accentuates my nose and honestly, I’m fine with that. Rocking the pixie haircut, in my humble opinion, is about accepting your imperfections, and having the self-confidence to walk into a salon and say: “cut it,” then waltzing out with your new short do and taking on the world.
Isn’t inner beauty the most important feature in us all anyway? I mean, that’s what we’re told. I’ll never look as good as Audrey Tautou, Selma Blair, Michelle Williams or Natalie Portman did with their pixie cuts, but that’s just genetics. I will admit, however, I’m way hotter with short hair than long hair; simply because I’m a short-haired girl in my heart as well as on my head, and that’s how I roll.