Nia Long. Halle Berry. Rihanna. The more beautiful women with close-cropped cuts I saw, the more I became inspired to rock short hair with confidence. But it’s easier said than done.

In some corners, and especially within black communities, the longer the hair, the better. Whether your texture is natural or relaxed, long hair is glorified and idealized.

That makes it easy to get attached to what grows from your scalp and become obsessed with maximizing and retaining length.

My mother, who would go from short hair to long strands with ease, always encouraged me to experiment with length. She never understood the fuss around cutting hair. “It grows back,” she’d say, trying to push me to just let go.

When I first big chopped, all that changed. I felt like I could finally see my face. And it was beautiful, all by itself. It was liberating to learn I didn’t need hair to look or feel pretty.

Tia Mowry recounts a similar transformation when she cut her hair. She recalls crying while her stylist chopped away and her hair fell on the floor. But she soon fell in love with her cut, which she says reflects her “new perspective and outlook on life.”

Watch below:

What do you think of Tia Mowry’s cut, Clutchettes? Have you ever been attached to your hair?

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  • Patience

    It’s not just hair when women have to deal with their femininity being questioned simply because of the length of their hair.

    • Nic

      Who is doing that? Seriously? A woman doesn’t look like a man just b/c she has short hair. That is so ridiculous.
      Just like a big mannish woman doesn’t become pretty or delicate b/c she has long hair.
      Unless you have a hormone imbalance or TAKE hormones to look like the opposite gender, it is highly unlikely that any hairstyle can make look like less of a woman.
      That crap is all in your head.

    • Patience

      “Who is doing that?”

      People are doing that.

    • Laugh

      I see this all the time. Stupid ignorant people will assume a woman is a man just because they have a short haircut. The woman could have on a dress and earrings but that dumb ass still says yes sir or he…

      I see this ALL THE TIME!

  • Joy

    I don’t like this look on Tia. Very very very few people can rock the Halle Berry look

  • Laugh

    She looks absolutely GORGEOUS! Her eyes are so beautiful. I watch their reality show and they are always very well put together with beautiful eye makeup. This just makes her beautiful eyes and smile 10x’s better. WOW, she should have done this years ago. She’s always kinda in competition for roles against her sister and this look will really set her apart. I can see her getting offered a serious drama role with this FAB new look. I think her sister having such a hard time getting roles is because they basically still had the same look as when they were 12, so it’s hard to take them more seriously as an actor.

    Even more grateful that I can now tell them apart! Love cousin Jerome in the video as well.

  • ChiHou

    She looks beautiful! Great decision!!!