The long and short of it

CLEO (Singapore) - - BEAUTY -

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.

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