Monday, January 7, 2013
When Did Your Love Of Short Haired Women Begin?
Welcome Back to The Pixie Revolution,
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The topic on todays' blog is long overdue. When did your love for short hair on women begin?
For all of you, the answers will vary. For me however that moment is in the 1980s.
Sure when I was a toddler watching the Facts Of Life and I was 5 I was attracted to Blair
for her long full cascading blonde hair. But it was the mid 1980's as a preteen that I discovered my
love for short hair on women.
There was Justine Bateman on the tv show Family Ties. When the show premiered in 1982 Justine had long past the shoulder length hair. By Season 2 she had a shoulder length bob. By season 3 a collar length bob and by Season 4 a short gelled back cut reminscent to Madonna's cut at the time.
Which brings us to Madonna. Love her or hate her, there's no denying Madonna's contribution to short hair styles. From the ultra short cut she had in the "Poppa Dont Preach" video to the gelled back short cut she sported in the mid 80's. Then there was Cyndi Lauper who in my opinion is the Godmother of sidecuts. Cyndi's sidecut preceeded the popularity of the sidecut look by 27 years. Then there was Belinda Carlise from the all female band The Go Go's who sported a short pixie with a buzzed back. For me though there was one woman who stood out in the 1980's above all the rest. and that was Helen Slater. In 1984 at the young age of 8 years old I saw the move Supergirl. The movie itself was begged as a dud a and failed at the box office. But in it Helen Slater played Supergirl. With long beautiful cascading blonde hair. As I had mentioned even at age 4-5 I was attracted to long cascading blonde hair, so it should come as no surprise I was mesmorized by Helen in Supergirl, flying through the air with her golden locks flowing. Flash foward to 1986 a mere two years later and Helen starred in "The Legend Of Billie Jean" the movie is about a girl and her brother ( played by Christian Slater) ;no relation to Helen who have their dirt bike stolen. Upon confronting the bullies father to get money for her brothers bike back, a scuffle ensues and the teens are accused of stealing the money and shooting the father. On the lam Helen and her friends hide out and Helen changes her image from long haired innocent country girl to short cropped 80's punk chick. Along the way her and her friends through news coverage become heroes and develop a huge following. In the end Helen confronts the bullies father once more who then begins to sell merchandise of her her trying to milk her popularity for his own finacial gain. The soundtrack is known for the hit by Pat Benetar "Invincible" Unfortunately the haircutting scene is not shown and Helen appears from a room rubbing her closely cropped hair much to the surprise of her friends. The only glimpse is the scene where she picks up the scissors and looks in the mirror and the scene cuts. There is a bevy of haircutting in the film however, as every female friend in the movie cuts their hair short as well to emulate Helen's character. For me watching this movie countlessly on cable in the mid to late 80's when it debuted on cable, was probably one of the most impactful and influential moments of my youth as far as the my development of the love of short hair on women. There is a scene on the beach towards the end of the movie where there is radio stations promoting Billie Jean haircuts to girls who want to emulate her. In the scene you see countless women getting their hair buzzed and cut. A little known fact is orginally the filmmakers wanted the Billie Jean character to have a bleach blonde buzzcut. Upon seeing the pictures of the look Helen Slater shot the idea down and opted for a slighlly longer look. However the women getting the cut in towards the end of the movie was filmed earlier on before Helen got her hair cut for the movie, and as a result they are sporting buzz cuts. Along with the aforementioned women in the 1980's sporting short cuts, this movie was for me the defining moment in my realization of my love for short hair on women. As you will see below Helen Slater in my opinion looks stunning with short hair. Some on the net even speculate Miley Cyrus was influenced by Helen's cut. How and if that is possible seeing Miley wasnt even born when the movie came out is unknown. But for me Helen Slater in The Legend Of Billie Jean is the epitome of the 1980's for me. After seeing that movie over 2 dozen times on cable as a kid, I began to envison all the girls I saw with short hair. So many women in the movie cut their hair during the films duration that it made me think as a 10 year old what if all girls who had long hair cut their hair short. To compound matters, about a year later a girl I had a crush on in school who had past the shoulder length dirty blonde hair arrived in class one warm spring day with a short gelled back Madonna inspired cut. Had having a crush on this girl before she had short hair imagine my reaction upon seeing her in class smile at me with a new short hair cut. In closing, if you havent seen The Legend Of Billie Jean I highly recommend it. It was available on VHS for a while and was on cable alot in the past 25 years but isnt seen too much anymore. You can however find it on amazon on dvd. When did you all first realize your love of short hair on women? Until next time