I blame Rihanna. After all, she is the most obvious culprit. Her tapered, short haircut with an interchangeable, layered side-swept choppy bang has become so commonplace, it borderlines on trite. Not since Halle Berry in Boomerang has super short hair been the object of such adulation, and with Rhianna as a pop culture fixture, imitations easily run amok.

Most would agree that Ms. ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’s’ edgy coiffure was a result of her rebellion against the perennial R&B/pop sensation costume, i.e., long hair that screams sex. Though execs attempted to control her image Rihanna’s liquid leather, tattoo and chain-loving self wasn’t going to let that happen. Not long after she adopted a more unconventional approach to style, the masses followed suit. Short hair was everywhere. On the streets, I found myself surrounded by different versions of “the Rihanna.” In magazines, beauty editors were profiling the latest cuts and showing women “different ways to wear it short.” Even other celebrities began to experiment, having resulted in Ciara briefly donning a very unconvincing, (and unfortunate) short wig. So is the reason behind all this going under the scissor the most obvious one? Or could this be an affront to the reigning weave? The Barbie look doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon like acrylic French manicures, so one can only assume this is a much loved trend at the moment. And for good reason.

I myself decided to go short two years ago, when I realized I wasn’t doing my baby-fine hair any favors with back-to-back weave wear. That, and I was ready to embrace what nature blessed me with–India Arie in the back of my head reminding me that I am not my hair. It was a welcome change, given the pros: not only is short hair easier to maintain, and ideal in summer weather, but it can help project strong features such as high cheekbones or a swan-like neck. Yes, Tyra doesn’t torture those girls for no reason.

Short styles can be– if not more– attractive on most women and somehow it seems more genuine as opposed to hiding behind an amass of hair. Going from one end of the spectrum to the other is not always easy, given the hair-obsessed climate in today’s society, but sexy doesn’t always mean shoulder surpassing. Take Nia Long, or Eva Pigford; they’re closely cropped manes only bring out their natural beauty, and I definitely don’t see any men complaining.

It’s about not being afraid of change and using your hair as an accessory, not a security blanket. Whether unintentional or not, I’m wondering if this is how the copycats feel.

— Princess Glover/ From C+C

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