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Beyoncé Reveals the Story Behind Her Shocking 2013 Pixie Cut: 'It Was a Very Big Emotional Transformation'

"It was very intentional. And it was what I needed to do," she told 'Essence' of the dramatic hair change

<p>Beyonce/Instagram</p> Beyonce with a pixie cut in 2013

Beyonce/Instagram

Beyonce with a pixie cut in 2013

Beyoncé's pixie cut ranks high on the list of shocking transformations in celebrity hair history.

When the singer shared her new hairstyle on Instagram on Aug. 3, 2013, she nearly disabled the social media platform. Yes, she looked amazing (she's Beyoncé, she always looks amazing), but the cropped 'do left her fans wondering the motivation behind the massive change.

In a new interview with Essence, the "Texas Hold 'Em" singer finally revealed why she went from one hair extreme to another.

"I remember the day I decided to just cut all my hair off," she shared. "I didn’t have a particular style in mind. It wasn’t an aesthetic choice, but it was a very big emotional transformation and metamorphosis that I was going through."

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Beyoncé, 42, went on to say that much of her "identity as a performer" has come back to her hair — whether it's been her long braids or her giant curls. One thing has been the unifying factor: the length.

"Cutting my hair off was me rebelling against being this woman that society thinks I’m supposed to be," she said. "I was a new mother, and something about the liberation of becoming a mother made me want to just shed all of that. It was a physical representation of me shedding the expectations put upon me. I just wanted it off."

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But not everyone around her was ready to see her lose so many inches. Her hairstylist, Neal Farinah, who "was freaking out," Beyoncé revealed, "because [my hair] was really long, really thick and really healthy."

She continued, "I just got the scissors and chopped it off. It was very intentional. And it was what I needed to do. And after that, I became super brave. It was the first step to many more audacious decisions I made in my life and my career that have led to who I am now."

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The Grammy-winning singer, who recently announced her latest album, a country-music collection called Act: II, will be out on March 29, will also officially launch her haircare line Cécred tomorrow. She first teased the line earlier this month, writing on Instagram, "Hair is sacred. The journey begins Feb 20. Visit CECRED.COM."

In the clip, a group of women working in a hair salon is first shown in footage projected on a draped screen in a dark room. The salon is named ‘Headliners Hair Salon,’ after the salon Beyoncé’s mom Tina Knowles opened in 1990 in Houston.

The footage then cuts to shots of women with different hair textures having their hair washed and shampooed, before switching back to the salon as the camera zooms in on a bright neon sign indoors that reads, "Headliners La Mode Salon."

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In one later shot, Beyoncé is shown staring straight into the camera as she gets her hair washed in a salon basin before the Headliners hair salon is shown again.

The trailer ends with throwback footage of Beyoncé as a child with mom Tina, 70, waving at the camera. It then cuts to black as Cécred appears in white letters.

She further opened up to Essence about naming her brand after the sense of community that she has felt surrounding her hair.

"I think that connection of community, mother and child, father and child, and respect — and allowing yourself to be taken care of, especially for Black women, who are always taking care of everyone else — it’s all sacred," she said.

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