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Hairdo or Hair-don’t? The 4-Way

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Just when you thought the pixie cut had come, gone, and enjoyed its final fifteen minutes of fame, Hollywood brought it back, most recently on the crown of Evan Rachel Wood. Fans of the übershort style say it’s feminine and sexy; haters call it manly or mom-like. The 4-Way, our panel of resident dating nonexperts, weighs in on whether it’s chic or freak.

The Straight Woman’s Perspective: Rebecca Brown

Once upon a time, I thought Gwyneth Paltrow’s pixie cut in Sliding Doors was cute and fashionable, so I asked my hairstylist to give it to me. Big mistake. HUGE. Why? Because I’m Rebecca Brown, Regular Woman, not Gwyneth Paltrow, Superstar Oscar Winner. The short cut revealed waaaay too much and left nowhere for my rosacea-affected skin and extra chins to hide. I spent the next three years doing facial-firming exercises and choking down gelatin pills to speed hair growth, so I generally weigh in on the “not a fan” side of the pixie, but that’s probably because I always mentally transfer the style (and my bad experience with it) to my head whenever I see it on someone else. Some women look amazing with the pixie; my chins and I don’t.

The Gay Man’s Perspective: Darren Maddox
I think the pixie cut is red-hot for the right face. And no, it’s not because I’m a gay male who generally likes shorter hair. Traditionally, I think women look better with long hair, but it’s time to shake it up. Michelle Williams might be an exception to the hot-pixie rule, but I can name countless others, including Halle Berry, Pink, and Rihanna, who have tried it and pulled it off with great success. And don’t even get me started on Emma Watson. That kid went from dorky Harry Potter sidekick to sexy-woman-in-Burberry ads overnight with her pixie. I think a lot of women have had a bad experience with short hair and swore they would never do it again, but get over it already. If you want it, go for it; it’s only hair. If you hate it, it will start growing back immediately.

The Lesbian Woman’s Perspective: Jody Fischer

Halle Berry, Jamie Lee Curtis, Twiggy, and Audrey Hepburn: all timeless and classy women who, at one time or another, sported that adorable pixie cut. And what do these women have in common besides their pixie dos? They are uniquely themselves, make no apologies, and are flirty, confident, and sexy as hell. Granted, not every woman can pull off the pixie, but the ones who can make my heart skip a beat. Don’t get me wrong, I love a woman in long hair too, but there’s a certain spunk that seems to accompany a pixie cut. Long may the pixie cut reign with its sass, fun, hint of androgyny, and super-sexiness.

The Straight Man’s Perspective: Chris Kennedy

Short hair on a woman is usually not cute. That’s why they disguise it with a cute name like “pixie cut.” I’m not buying it, even if you are. Speaking of, short haircuts require more frequent cuts and are hence more expensive than long haircuts.

Also, a “pixie” is a mythical creature. What’s next? Unicorns?

: “So, you want a spiky look?”

: “No, no. Just one long spike of hair preferably protruding at a forty-five-degree angle from my forehead. Do you have a protractor?”

If you want to look like fairy-tale character, pick Snow White, Ariel, or Cinderella. Leave this cut in the pixie dust.

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