Short Hair & Identity

A lot of girls are afraid of getting a short haircut (this is going to sound very dramatic) because identity is closely linked to appearance. I love my short haircut and I was very hesitant of getting it because I have such a round face. Long hair framing your face can provide the illusion of length to the face, while removing the frame can enhance the appearance of roundness.

I was very fortunate to receive a haircut from a very experienced hair stylist named Joe (he works at Stanford Hair).

Here it is (few weeks ago):

I decided to post a mini blog on this hair cut in order to encourage other girls who feel like they have round faces to just go for it! I love having short hair.

An even more universally flattering haircut for girls is the A-line cut. I got this haircut at the end of my last academic year.
Here’s a pic:


The haircut is longer towards the chin, and really short at the nape of the neck.

Then as my hair grew I got a haircut to even it all out:

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Sometimes I feel strange when I dress in unisex clothing, like sweatshirts and sweatpants because part of me thinks that I’ll be labeled as a lesbian (especially since I like to compliment girls). Having short hair has made me feel very comfortable and due to the asymmetrical style it frames my face well.  And the length makes me seem taller! I’m a short one, so anything helps.

I feel more edgy, tough and badass. Less constrained by expectations. I actually look and feel more mature due to the length, which is strange. Should we be so affected by appearances? This is probably why some people cake on make-up, or get plastic surgery, or buy expensive clothing. What you look like can really affect how you feel about yourself. Maybe you try not to care about what other people think about you, but in the end your perception of the world is quite similar to how others see the world (or beauty). If you’re open minded enough, though, you will be able to find more beauty than the common Joe. You’ll see it in a smile, a laugh, a spoken phrase, a gesture, deep in someone’s eyes, in their wrinkles, or even the warmth that emanates from them.

Beauty is in everything if you’re interested in finding it.

Updates 2014:

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