The long and short of it
In the West, the advent of short hair on women signalled a more carefree social order on the rise. Just look at the flapper girls of the ’20s, as well as the swinging ’60s with the iconic Twiggyinspired pixie cut. As Vogue summed it up in a 1988 story, “When a woman cuts her hair, she creates fresh erogenous zones and effects. Sexy yet sweet, the haircut is somewhat of a paradox: childishly demure, yet calculating, quirky, and [elegant].”
Hairstyles were even used as a political weapon. In post-World War II France, women who were caught collaborating with the Germans were forced to shave their heads as punishment.