Hollywood were quickly shed. It was only when she went to Goldwyn that she grew it long again, willing to alter her appearance as necessary to secure work. Bobbing her hair, especially given the vogue for short hair in the early 1920s, would not have been too radical a departure for Colleen. She had already taken to wearing her hair in a faux bobbed style, short in front and on the sides and rolled up in back, One story reported her mother definitely would not let her bob her hair, and the question was asked many tomes of her in print. He opinion on the whole flapper movement tended to shift, depending on the image she was trying to project, but tended to hover in the area of thinking there was nothing wrong with them, but she was not necessarily a flapper herself.
At that point in her career, colleen’s roles had been sliding more towards modern ones, though she was still the go-to girl for a good old-fashioned heroine in distress, a duality that did not help her career. It could have been perceived as sitting on the fence. Eventually, she would have to plant her feet firmly on the modern side of the fence if she wanted to advance, or else risk her career fading away like many of the heroines she had played. If it had necessary to get a role—for instance, Patricia Frentiss in Flaming Youth—she would have gladly chopped her hair off for the part
Flaming Youth had been a sensation as a book. People talked about it around the water cooler and over back fences. Patricia Frentiss, the character she would play, was a controversial character. A young girl, she was worldly beyond her years in the way most young women seemed to be in those days. The fame Colleen sought had eluded her to that point, so taking the role was a gamble that could potentially pay off handsomely.
At a minimum, it would attract a lot of attention, though not all of it might turn out favorable. The character would be racier and more sharply drawn then any of the other characters she had played on film.