Picture it! A GIRL in her teens wearing basketball shorts, playing with vigor but every time she loses sight because of her hair, she thinks, "I wish I could cut them short". Back home she asks her mother "Mom, what if I just cut my hair a bit shorter", her mother replies " We let you play basketball, isn't that enough, now you want to cut your hair and lose the femininity left?"
What is to think here is that HOW DOES LONG HAIR RUN PARALLEL TO FEMININITY!
Roman civilization marks women with longer hair than men. During the Roman empire, women would spend a lot of time tending to their hair whereas men who would do the same, were considered to be effeminate.
During the 1800 and 1900 women of the Victorian era preferred to keep their hair long as social conventions pointed towards women with long hair as docile and feminine. Women with long hair were considered to be desirable and also depicted their status and societal position making it the fashion trend then.
Girls could wear their hair down or make plaits but as soon as they would turn 16-17, they were expected to wear their hair up with accessories like a hat. The Victorian Era well defined or suited a girl's image with long and wavy hair as desirable and the ones with short hair were seen as poor or ill-mannered.
Diving deep into the sculptures of the Ajanta and Ellora caves, one concept is well sculpted throughout the caves, women are curvy and have long hair. Indian art promotes sexuality, femininity, and dutiful women with long hair.
Another major role in promoting long hair as a social acceptance in India is done by Bollywood, as Bollywood creates the latest fashion and trends, the desirable women are always adorned with long hair whereas negative characters would experiment with their hair by cutting them short.
The gender symbol associated with hair is so profoundly engraved in the minds of the people that they have created preconceived notions about women who have or prefer to keep their hair short.
Some of them being-
Traveling back in time, it was World War I that changed the acceptable and latest fashion of long hair then, into a fashion of having hair that could be managed at workplaces as many women took to work to feed their families.
Another Important year that uplifted the short hair trend was the 1920's when bob cut became famous amongst women forcing it to be an acceptable fashion trend.
Standing in the 21st century, many still fight the taboo of women tending to short hair, the preconceptions still exist and the rudimentary thought process of 'women with long hair are beautiful' does spread like wildfire from one generation to another.
1. Alexa Chung
2. Emilia Clarke
3. Katie Holmes
4. Friedo Pinto
5. Anne Hathaway
6. Rita Ora
1. Own It! Flaunt It- It's important to let go off from the head that short hair is not meant for women, If you want to cut your hair short, go ahead and feel confident in it. People will get used to seeing and appreciating you with it!
2. Stop Explaining Your Decision- If you want short hair, then just get them don't think or try and explain to people around about why you want to get your hair short!
It is clear that even though short hair runs in the latest fashion trends, and many celebrities and women around the world adorn the style with grace, yet the image that had been created since the Roman Empire of women having long hair to be desirable and beautiful still holds a strong and firm construction in the society.
I Knock Fashion urges the women to celebrate the choices they make and carry short hair or long hair with confidence no matter where they go.