Item No.1 on your grumble-worthy style list: SHORT HAIR.
It’s been making a considerably quiet arrival but is really just getting into the swing of things now. Celebrities — as always — are leading the charge. Ginnifer Goodwin, Michelle Williams, Carey Mulligan, Evan Rachel Wood, and Emma Watson have all done the admirable in chopping their shiny locks and freeing young women everywhere.
Long hair traps you. It really does. You might spend hours straightening, curling, braiding, conditioning, pinning, and yanking at your hair all for the first thirty seconds of perfection before a winter gale destroys all that work in a single huff. It’s suffocating in summer, gets caught in car doors, and often refuses to obey your every command.
Or at least, my incredibly thick and tangle-prone hair trapped me. I fought it with special shampoos and bobby pins and fierce resentment, but to no avail. This was not a battle I was going to win, and I knew it.
So, in July I gave my hairdresser a present: I was getting it all cut off. She was so enthralled it was comical. I showed her a picture of Emma Watson and said, “Cut it. Cut it all.”
At this point I was so eager to get rid of my hair in the summer heat that I wasn’t nervous like I thought I should have been. So, clump by clump, a weight was lifted off my back, my shoulders, my neck — literally.
I was finally free.
Of course, I hadn’t told my friends about my new haircut so when I showed up at one of our get-togethers there was a moment of shocked silence and then a chorus of high-pitched “omigosh”s. People’s reactions to the haircut are almost as wonderful as the haircut itself.
Short hair is liberating and noticeable. It shows how much confidence you have in yourself. It’s different enough to make other young women rethink their own hairstyles. It accents the lovely but undermined features that are the forehead, cheekbones, jaw line, and neck, the features normally hidden behind long hair. It defies convention, which is what Let Them Grumble is all about.
A lot of people think that you need to be blonde to rock the shortie. Not true. I am a proud brunette. Michelle Williams recently coloured her hair red. Ginnifer Goodwin is the definition of short style with her raven ‘do.
But you certainly do not need to be a glamorous actress to pull the pixie cut off with success. I am not Hollywood beautiful, but I love my hair and that’s all that matters. I am free. I am defying convention.
Life is short, and so can hair.