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Jackie, 33, traveler
How long have you had a pixie cut?
This time it’s been about two years. I had my a pixie when I was in high school and college, too. Then I grew it out, but decided I’d had enough of long hair so I cut it short again; it’s much easier.
What made you go short the first time?
It was a whim. I think I was about fifteen and I’d seen a picture of someone with short hair and I though, “Oh, that’s cute.” So I threw caution to the wind, had it done, and I didn’t look back.
When you were fifteen, did the guys at school dig your short hair?
I think they did, but they didn’t necessarily want to admit it. Because high-school girls are supposed to have long flowing locks and ponytails and whatever. But I think the guys secretly dug it.
Did you ever regret it?
Every once and a while, someone’s ringing me up at a store, not paying attention, and out of the corner of their eye they see short hair and they say, “Sir.” But then they realize their mistake, because I’m obviously not a man. They’re usually quite apologetic and embarrassed.
Why do you think men find long hair sexier?
A lot of men have this ideal of a pin-up with makeup and curves and her hair blowing in the wind — there’s something Greek goddess about it that men find very classically beautiful. But other men go for edgier women. Those are the ones I meet.
But, in the end, it’s more of a personal decision, right?
When you do something like cut your hair short, it’s for you — it’s not for other people. The standards of beauty that Americans have come from fashion magazines and men — or, from women imagining what men want to see. But some things are just comfortable and personal; short hair is that for me.
What do you think when you see other women with short hair?
I think you cant help but think, “Oh, a kindred spirit.” Because I think a lot of women would like to have short hair, but they can't sit down in the salon chair and say, “Go for it.”
It’s a really emotional thing for some girls.
I know. On America’s Next Top Model, they cut the girls’ hair short and they sit there and bawl their eyes out. And most of the time they end up looking better but still, there’s just this emotional connection that women have to their hair.
Have you ever shaved your head?
No. You just don’t know what’s under there.
Everything: Zara, glasses: Tom Ford