Facing one of my biggest fashion phobias I decided cut off most of my hair, changing it from a semi-drab shoulder-length 'do to an ultra-flattering pixie. Photo/ Haley Twist

Even before it was New Year’s Eve, I started to see many magazine articles discussing the new trends for 2012.

It seemed that many fashion editors discussed new styles early on, such as wacky new patterns, the bold colors and the trendy handbags.

While I took all of these suggestions into consideration as I shopped for the spring semester, I decided to ring in the new year with new hair.

In a previous column I talked about some of my scariest fashion phobias, one of them being a short, choppy pixie cut. Over the break I faced my fear and chopped off most of my hair, creating a new look that made me step outside of my comfort zone in a very good way.

For about a month before I finally decided to cut my hair, I started researching the many different kinds of pixie cuts.

Did I like the pixies that were a little on the longer, somewhat shaggy side? Or did I like the super short, classic pixies?

I read online that each individual has their own variation of the pixie cut depending on face shape and hair qualities.

And after many hours spent looking at pictures of celebrities with pixie cuts I decided that my favorite one was sported by Ginnifer Goodwin, who also has a round face like mine. Seeing so many stylish pixie cuts pushed me to schedule a hair appointment.

The Tuesday after Christmas I walked into the hair salon, nervous but excited about the prospects of the end result. I had been in contact with the hairdresser so we both already knew what the plan was. I took a seat in the chair, had my hair washed and then stared at my reflection in the mirror.

Though I do not really have an attachment to my hair, I did like the fact that my haircut was safe. My hair was parted in the middle and fell slightly past my shoulders.

While it could be described as bland, it was safe and that was the scariest thing of all as I looked in the mirror and watched as about 6 inches of my hair was cut off in one clean cut.

And that was it; there was no going back. The hairdresser and I talked while she cut, deciding how long it should be on the sides and in the front, and frequently going back to a picture of Ginnifer Goodwin for reference.

And when it was all finished I could not be more pleased with the result. It was short. Very short. And while that was scary it was even more exciting. It would give me the opportunity to try new, edgier things with my overall look and style.

The moral of the story is to try something new this year. What’s that one legal thing you’ve always wanted to try? Whether it is with your style or something totally different, use 2012 as the excuse you need to go for it.

Chances are you won’t regret it and will receive pleasing results!

Haley Twist is the former Niner Times Editor-in-Chief. A Religious Studies student who worked with the Niner Times for two years, she has previously served as the Lifestyle Editor and the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the paper. She is a 2012 recipient of the Randall Beavers Memorial Award and a 2013 recipient of the Shameka Smith-Hamilton Award.