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Tools of Attraction: Girls with Short Hair
Five New York women who decided to take it all off.
By Carly Pifer
Kathryn, 35, artist
How long have you had your hair short?
Six years. I saw a photo in Vogue that I loved, so I took some scissors and cut it myself. Before that, it was a little bit past my shoulders.
So, it was long. Was it an emotional thing to cut your hair?
Sure, but not in a bad way. I felt much freer and a little more punk rock after I did it.
[laughs] And since you do it yourself, it’s genuinely punk rock. What reactions do you get from men?
My husband loves it. I’ve also noticed that people remember me now — when people meet me, they remember me. When I had long hair that never happened.
What does short hair say about you?
It says that I’m avant-garde and an individual. Though less so now, since so many people have asymmetrical haircuts... I may have to change it up again.
Would you ever shave your head?
Yeah, I shaved my head a couple times in college, and I would consider doing that again, but it is so extreme. I do like what Tilda Swinton has going on.
I think that terrifies a lot of women.
Yeah, a lot of women have reservations about cutting their hair. But you’ve got to let that go. Short hair is sexy.
Dress: Built by Wendy, tube top: H&M, shoes: Walking Co.