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The Talker: Beyonce swaps long locks for shorter `do

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It's an eternal question: should I keep my hair long or cut it?

It's a current trending topic because of a new hairstyle Beyoncé just unveiled on Instagram. She went for a drastic change and swapped her long mop for a shorter style.

Beyonce is known as much for her flowing locks as she is for her strong voice and killer body. Then again, she's also known for changing-up her fashion, so maybe the cut should not be surprising. Also, her long hair recently got snagged in a fan during a concert. Maybe that's what prompted the new 'do.

Whatever the reason, the look has prompted some good-natured envy. Ellen Degeneres tweeted that now she and Beyonce look alike. Katie Couric said: "I once tried to pull-off that look and failed."

The public always seems to act surprised when a star cuts her hair, but it's actually both a modern and a classic look.

Mia Farrow is the poster child for the pixie cut. Her Life Magazine cover literally sells as a poster. The issue is also for sale all over Ebay. Farrow debuted the style in the 1968 film "Rosemary's Baby." Recently, she said she cut it herself with a pair of fingernail scissors.

Decades later, Winona Ryder helped make short hair popular among Generation X.

Halle Berry and Charlize Theron took the cut to a whole another level of glam. The Hollywood megastars have unsurpassed beauty and Academy Awards for "Best Actress."

Pixie cuts have been used as a symbol of transition too. In 2010, Emma Watson said hers represented the post-Harry Potter phase of her life.

Miley Cyrus' post-Hannah Montana phase includes a short ‘do. She went partially shaved last summer, posted the picture on the twitter, and said "I never felt more me in my whole life."

Of course you can go short without shaving your hair -- or going quite as short as a pixie cut.

We sought some advice about long versus short hair. Debbie Davis is a makeup artist at FOX 32 News. She says, most importantly, wear what's comfortable for you. Based purely on looks, though, she prefers short.

"Shorter hair you get to see their face, their profile," Davis says. "And most women that have shorter hair are a little more stronger, ya know?"

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