In a culture that treats long, luscious hair at the pinnacle of beauty, a celebrity’s decision to chop off her locks is still gutsy, says Tricia Romano.
Relax. It’s just a haircut—or is it? When Beyoncé Instagrammed her new short, blonde, pixielike do, it set off a firestorm and even inspired a Twitter hashtag, #ShorterThanBeyoncesHair.
The normally lion-maned singer looked demure and sexy with her bleached-blonde buzz, but that didn’t stop commenters and Internet trolls from weighing in negatively. For some fans, Beyoncé losing her signature locks is almost as bad as her losing an eye. (For others, she’s an inspiration, sending them straight to the hairdresser).