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When Vidal Sassoon cut Mia Farrow’s long locks into a cropped pixie cut for Roman Polanski’s psychological horror movie, Rosemary’s Baby, it became the most famous haircut in history. Filmed for the world to see, it changed the perception of femininity. The short style was a shocker. It ushered in a new era for fashion and beauty.

Before the 1960s, women were conditioned to wear their hair longer; it was ‘set’ for hours at the salon, and the style was kept day after day. Going short meant liberation from the fetters of set styles, and from the preconceived ideas of beauty. Suddenly women were wearing short hair, A-line dresses, military-inspired suits, and other aspects of mod-inspired androgyny. Not only was it fashionable, the look fitted the lifestyle of a new generation of women who wanted to go to work, and play hard –– which left little time for roller-setting at the salon.

Seeing  Mia, an alluring film star, lose all that length and expose her natural beauty  –– wide eyes, angular cheekbones, elegant petiteness –– inspired a new beauty consciousness. Hair and fashion became intrinsically linked. Woman wanted to feel the power of transformation. Nowadays, individualism reigns, and women can wear any kind of cut, color, shape, or style. Yet it all began with that luxurious, eye-catching crop. Learn more about it below.

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Photo: H&M Studio Fall 2015 Campaign

Some fashion and beauty staples take years to cultivate. Just think how long it took you to find your perfect little black frock or distressed leather jacket. Finding the perfect haircut is no different. You may end up trying lots of different looks that may not suit you and even walk out of an appointment with a style you don’t really care for. By now you know that when you’re headed to the salon it’s important to bring in photos, be descriptive, and consult with your stylist, but sometimes you need a bit more than aspirational magazine tears. To learn the three things you need to do so get your dream haircut, click through to the notes. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →