Making the cut

Eliana Steinberg

Life Editor

“It was totally like Inception,” Danielle Kohanzadeh ’12 said. “Once the thought got into my head, I had to do it.”

Milken girls have been ditching their ponytails to donate their hair to foundations such as Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths.

Both Kohanzadeh and Emma Peretz ’14 decided to take the plunge regardless of their parents’ and peers’ opinions.

“I knew I had to get a haircut soon and I was just sick of dealing with long hair or shoulder length hair,” Peretz said. “Cutting my hair was a personal choice, I just had to make a change.”

Kohanzadeh felt overwhelmed by her friend’s reactions the first few days after she cut her hair. Soon, however, her shorter look elicited positive responses from complete strangers on the street, as they approached her erratically to comment on her hair.

“It’s been a month since I cut my hair and my dad still calls me the son he never had and introduces me as “Daniel.” This is not so funny though because my friends have now caught on,” Kohanzadeh said.

The two agree that their hairstyles have not altered their perception of their femininity. They agree that the length of their hair isn’t correlated in any way to their girlhood. Pixie cuts have been spotted on young celebrities such as Emma Watson and Mia Wasikowska.

“I actually feel like I have more options now with short hair,” Peretz said. “I think it’s more feminine in a European kind of way.”

If they choose to refrain from touch-ups, longer locks may be fast approaching for both Peretz and Kohanzadeh.

“No one ever told me how fast my hair would grow now that it’s short. If I don’t cut it soon enough I’m afraid I’ll look like Ludacris sans dreads,” Kohanzadeh said.