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Long hair or short hair? Which is better? Which is sexier?Which is prettier?
There's a general consensus, that long hair is more preferable on a woman than short hair, as it is prettier, more feminine, whereas short hair has a reputation of being sexy, powerful, masculine almost. But can short hair be pretty too?
I've had my hair short for quite some time now. I first went for the chop when I was about 13 years old. I was a bit of a tomboy and never really looked after my hair, so my Mum decided that it would be better for me to have it cut short so it was easier to look after.
Admittedly, my early haircuts were not in any way 'sexy' or 'pretty' and probably bordered on the more 'masculine' trend, which is not really a great look when you're going through puberty, and on the skinny, flat chested side.
I went through a stage of growing my hair out - mostly because I was at university and a skint student. However, if you have read my About Me page, you will have realised I easily get bored, so this period of my life was rather short lived once I returned home and stating earning an honest living again. Admittedly, long hair in my 20s was not a good look for me, my hair is naturally fine, thin and flat and needs all the extra oomph it can get through layering, so in that respect I'm better off being short, but it doesn't mean I can't want more does it?
Since going short for the second time - my hair has had many further guises - a fringe here, a side chopped off there - but are any of them actually pretty? I feel the pictures of myself I would describe as pretty, tend to be when my hair is that extra bit longer in some way or another. I also think the colour makes the a difference - again the "pretty" styles tend to be in the brunette, or in my 'natural shade' rather than in bright red or very white blonde.
Or is it nothing to do with the hair? Is it the clothes? The make up? I can happily go out without make up, as long as my hair is done. But again, I find that I look very dressed down in a jeans and hoodie, whereas my friend with beautiful long wavy locks is still able to 'pretty' up the same outfit with the same level of minimal effort. Or is this insecurity?
The one thing that can be said for short hair is that it creates an identity - a memory. I'm notorious for being "the girl with the really short hair that changes colour alot." (actually maybe that's nothing to do with the length at all) But I think short hair creates an air of confidence. Long hair can be used as a bit of a mask, a cover up, whereas with short hair, it's all there on show - no hiding that big spot behind a long fringe, you've got to stand up tall and show off all your features.
Many a celeb has made the change from long to short - most for the better - although there are some
|Short - most certainly not pretty!! Long - pretty.|
Sienna Miller manages to pull of both lengths in her own unique boho way. The short hair makes her look slightly older, but almost more effortlessly stylish - like she just stepped out of her shower looking like that.
When little Emma Watson went for the chop after finishing filming Harry Potter - the fashion world gasped! The little 11 geeky 11 year old we had all watched grow up in front of our eyes, had finally become a woman! Remember the pictures of her at the finale premiere? Wowzers! Hermoine Granger she was not!
But do we associate short hair with "being old"? I remember my Mum going short for the first time in her later 20s early 30s when she had me at around 9-10 and my brother who was about 2-3 years old at the time, and just didn't have time to do anything but wash and go. Is going short for Mums and high fashionistas?
Of all the celebs that did go short, Michelle Williams got it bang on the money and is my hair-style icon. Her long hair covers her petite features and looks thin and makes her look - well a bit dowdy! The sort looks classic, timeless, effortless and yes I would say pretty!
This opinion piece was never meant to reach a conclusion, just make yours and my own thoughts hum about our preconceptions about long or short hair.
Finally I'll leave you with the woman, who manages to make both long and short hair look pretty and sexy in equal measure.