Short hair is empowering, having the courage to cut your locks off is not easy and is usually followed by much criticism, frankly when a women has her hair cut short she grows bolder. It all started in the 1920’s; the short women’s hairstyles raised more controversy than any other period in American culture. And it all started with Castle Bob, who you may have guessed is the woman our modern “bob” is named after. Castle was a publicly known ballroom dancer who cut her feminine locks off for the sake of convenience; little did she know that this would ignite a revolution in women’s hair fashion for generations to come.
As we all know trends come and go, and eventually the “bob” was yesterday’s hot trend and today’s old news. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that short hair would become popular again. It was 1954 and Audrey Hepburn was up for an Oscar for her role as the rebellious Princess in “Roman Holiday”. In the film she cuts all of her royal locks off as an obvious act of independence, sparking a new movement in the hair revolution. And creating the oh so popular “pixie cut” trend.
“If I was going to be in hairdressing, I wanted to change things. I wanted to eliminate the superfluous and get down to the basic angles of cut and shape.” Vidal Sassoon
While our first two revolutionists may never have anticipated their mark on the hair revolution, Vidal Sassoon was out for more and ready to change the way the world saw hair. For over 30 years Sassoon was not only a household name, the Five Point cut as well as his foundation of hair cutting and styling has become the norm for modern hair design. Sassoon truly revolutionized the hair industry and his techniques will live on for generations to come.
While hairstyles and fashion are always changing, short hair will continue to come back during a time when women are ready to show their power and individuality, it just so happens that there are lots of celebrities right now doing just that; From Jennifer Lawrence, Beyonce, Anne Hathaway, Ginnifer Goodwin and of course the oh so rebellious Miley Cyrus and so many more rocking their awesomeness one pixie cut at a time.