The Long and Short of It

Actress Anne Hathaway in her newly chopped cut. (Photo: Getty Images)

As women our beauty and self-confidence is often tied to our hair.  I had a conversation with a man about two weeks ago who said that he would never date a woman with short hair.  He doesn’t care if she has a weave, extensions or a wig.  He said he wants to run his fingers through long hair.  When I asked him why he responded with, “Well a woman is supposed to be feminine.  When her hair is short she looks too much like a man and I don’t want to feel like I’m dating a man.”  I thought he was ridiculous.

Women can look just as amazing with long hair as they do with short.  It’s all about your face shape and how confident you are with your style.  When you feel good about yourself and who you are on the inside, it doesn’t matter if your locks are rolling down your shoulders or just over your ears.  Look at actress Halle Berry.  She has gone long but always goes back to her short spiky do.  It looks amazing on her.

Anne Hathaway recently chopped off her hair to go short for a new role she is playing.  She admit in an interview that she was reduced to tears and was quote, “inconsolable”.  She went on to say,  “I’ve done backflips out of windows, I’ve jumped off of buildings, [but] cutting my hair reduced me to mental-patient-level crying.”

Ms. Hathaway isn’t alone. So many of us women attach who we are to our hair.  It’s like a security blanket or a part of our image or persona.  If we’ve had the same style for a long time it can be even more emotional to make a change.

Anne Hathaway with her long hair.

Have you ever gone through a traumatic experience because of a drastic hair change?  Or does changing your style not phase you?  I’d love to hear your stories.

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