For whatever reason — whether it's pop culture, the patriarchy, or something else — having "mom" hair is viewed as a negative thing. Though I'm not quite sure what exactly makes a woman's tresses considered motherly, it does seem like there is a pretty clear list of synonyms to describe the look. When I asked friends what constitutes that specific style, words like "dated" or "plain" and "unkempt" or "frumpy" made the top of the list. So what are some ways to wear short hair without it being considered a "mom" crop?
As it turns out, the key to rocking a chic cropped cut isn't all that different than what it takes have luscious long locks. The main thing Pravana-certified hair stylist Tiffany Sposato advises? Confidence. In an interview, she told me that the days of hard and fast rules are gone and, "as long as you love what you see in the mirror, who cares if it's 'in' or not?" Aside from not giving an eff about what other people think, there are actually some easy maintenance basics and surprisingly simple styling tips out there to keep your short 'do looking fresh and fierce. So if you don't want to sport the "I'd like to speak to a manager" haircut, check out these pixie-cut pointers.