Eva Recinos
September 19, 2016 1:35 pm
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I’ve never really had an emotional connection to my hair. When I cut my hair short for the first time, I felt a sense of relief as the weight of it dropped off me. I was donating my hair to Locks of Love, so I braided 10 inches of my hair and told my hair person to chop it all off. It happened right after my high school graduation — much to my mom’s sadness — and I saw it as a sign of establishing independence, but also as embracing another side of myself. I walked out really more confident and ready to show everyone the change.

After that, I went through a ton of hair phases. Natural color, balayage color, full color, a bob, and finally the pixie — again. It might not seem like a big deal to get your hair cut so short nowadays (it’s not the 1950s after all) but it always feels like a huge decision for me. Not because I will miss my hair, but because it feels like a ~really~ significant personal and political decision. Now, in my early 20s, I’m back to the pixie cut and I am *so* happy about it.

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Think about it: The majority of the celebs that we love and look to for style inspiration have long hair. They straighten, curl and dye it in all kinds of styles, but most of the red carpet hair looks veer towards the longer side. When all the talk is about new styles for long hair, deciding to get a pixie cut can feel like an act of rebellion. You rarely see a short pixie on the red carpet.

As someone with a Catholic, Latina upbringing — one that is pretty traditional — the act feels even more significant. I’ve been raised with pretty standard ideals of beauty, so cutting off your hair seems like a strange move. Why give up those tresses that make you feminine and conventionally beautiful?

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But even with celebrity ideals and family skepticism, every time I chop off my hair I feel so much more like myself. I never enjoyed spending time on my hair (it was unruly and thick) and I see the pixie cut as much closer to my personal style. I don’t have to worry about styling.

But most importantly: It makes me happy. At the end of the day, no amount of trends or comments from others (“Why’d you cut off your beautiful hair? You look so much *cuter* with long hair!”) will change my mind. When it comes to hair, your own image of yourself should ultimately influence your decision. You are waking up to your own hair, dealing with it throughout the whole day, and taking selfies with it (which I totally do more now).

I am a firm believer that you look the most beautiful when you feel like yourself. If that means long hair, then you do you! But if it means short hair and you are afraid to make the plunge, it might feel really great to take the risk. After all, hair grows back.

Gina Rodriguez also recently made a statement about cutting her hair really short that I loved:

I’m actually taking that philosophy and applying it in the opposite way — my beauty is not determined by length of hair. My beauty comes from inside and how I see myself. It just so happens that short hair matches my idea of my inner image more. So for now, I’ll stick to the short ‘do.

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