5 Reasons to Sport the Short Cut

by Allen Gil February 20, 2015

5 Reasons to Sport the Short Cut

Photo Credit: newhairstlepins.com

I first cut my hair short four years ago. Not just short....pixie-short. My hair was shorter than my teenage son’s hair. I’d been thinking about it for a while and finally decided to talk it over with my hairdresser. She looked at the pictures I’d brought her, then at me, considered for a moment and said “you can definitely pull it off.”

I told her to go for it, she did, and half an hour later I was staring at a virtually unrecognizable me in the mirror. She stepped back, put down her razor shears and proudly asked  “well, what do you think?”

I thought "Holy crap…my eyes are huge!" I had cheekbones I’d never noticed before, however, my eyebrows needed work. It changed a lot of what I typically noticed about my face, but mostly in a good way.

“What do YOU think?” I asked her. “I think this is your perfect haircut," she said. Judging from the response I received afterward, she’s right. Strangers—male and female—still approach me in restaurants, in the grocery store and at the dog park to compliment my hair. All this positive hair feedback is 100% post-pixie.

If I had a dollar for every time a woman came up to me and said, “I love your hair! I wish I was brave enough to cut mine that short!” I wouldn't be writing this; I’d be on a beach in Belize.


I’m not going to lie to you…when I left the salon that day, I was nervous. Almost afraid. I pulled a beanie over my still-wet hair and went to fill my car with gas for the ride home. When I caught my reflection in the car window, I felt sick. I looked like a Q-tip with no hair visible below my hat. I pulled off the beanie and averted my eyes while the gas filled my tank. What had I done? It was January in New York…I’d cut off all my hair and looked ridiculous in a hat. As I went in to pay, “Honey, your hair!” the cashier shouted. “If my husband wouldn't kill me, I’d totally get it. It’s stunning!” My first compliment. Now four years later, I’m still getting compliments. I've tried to grow out my hair three or four times over the years since, but I always go short again. It just works for me.

If you've been wanting to take the plunge, go for it. It’s not for everyone, but it might be for you! Here are a few compelling reasons to go super short:

1. It’s quick.

Wash, condition, towel dry, scrunch a little product through it and done. My entire morning shower-hair-makeup routine never takes more than 20 minutes. (And that includes shaving my legs.) Low-maintenance hair is great for athletes and other women who don’t necessarily want to prioritize a curling iron.

2. No bad hair days.

Super short hair doesn't move much, so there’s no awkward hat-head or fly-aways to contend with. You’ll never have to fear the wind again—your hair will laugh at its attempts to spoil your style.

3. No damage.

If you like to dye your hair (I do; I've changed my hair color 6 times in the last 12 months), you can go wild! With haircuts every 4 to 6 weeks, you’ll never have to contend with burnout or damage.

4. It’s sexy.

There’s something about having super-short, stand-out-in-a-crowd hair that makes your X-factor escalate. Short hair is touchable, daring, fun and it definitely communicates that vibe.

5. It spotlights your best features.

Have great eyes? Beautiful bone structure? A graceful neck? Capitalize on them by showing them off. I once had a man behind me in the checkout at Walmart tap my shoulder and tell me he was enjoying the nape of my neck. Actually, now that I think about it, maybe that’s one of the (few) downsides...yikes! But a pixie-short cut is definitely attention getting and works your best features!

Allen Gil
Allen Gil


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