Entertainment Music Country Crystal Gayle Reveals She's Wanted to Cut Her Long Hair: Some Days 'I Just Want to Take the Scissors' The country-pop legend opens up in this week's issue of PEOPLE about her signature long mane, her relationship with sister Loretta Lynn and life now By Brianne Tracy Brianne Tracy Instagram Twitter Brianne Tracy is a staff writer on the PEOPLE music team. She has been with the brand since starting as an intern nearly six years ago, covering all things entertainment across print and digital platforms. She earned her Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Southern California and has been seen on Good Morning America. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 26, 2021 11:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Crystal Gayle. Say the name Crystal Gayle and her long brown mane instantly comes to mind. While her hair has become her signature over the past five decades, the country-pop icon, 70, reveals in this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, that there's been times when she's considered cutting it all off. "There's been days where I just want to take the scissors," Gayle says. "When my children were younger, they'd say, 'Mom, you won't be Crystal Gayle when you cut your hair.' So they've been waiting for that moment." For now, the mother of two won't be changing a thing; she's working on new music and hopes to perform live in the fall. "Being in the music business is not easy," Gayle says, "but if you really love it, then it's all worth it." Country Pop Queen Crystal Gayle Returns to Her Roots: Traditional Music 'Is in My Soul' Loretta Lynn, Doo Lynn and Crystal Gayle. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Gayle began her career in music in 1970, after her big sister, legendary country singer Loretta Lynn, helped her secure her first recording contract. "She gave me the best advice: 'Don't sing anything that I would because we're only going to be compared,'" Gayle recalls. "She was right." The younger sibling honed her own sound in the years that followed and enjoyed a string of elegant country-pop hits, including her 1977 single "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," which topped Billboard's country chart and went to No. 2 on the Hot 100. RELATED VIDEO: Loretta Lynn Admitted Into Nashville Hospital After Suffering a Stroke "That song crossed boundaries," she says. "I never get tired of singing it." While she and Lynn, now 89, were made out to be rivals early on, Gayle says that wasn't the case. After all, they even posed together for a joint PEOPLE cover in 1978. "We're sisters, so of course we're going to have our words," she says, "but it was never anything major. We'd laugh about it and go on with our careers." Loretta Lynn Opens Up About Her Stroke and Fall: 'I Wasn't Goin' to Let It Stop Me' Crystal Gayle and Loretta Lynn. Gayle is now a grandmother to her son Christos's two boys, Elijah, 17, and Björn, 1, but her bond with Lynn remains unchanged. "I haven't seen her for a while because [of the COVID-19 pandemic], but I do need to see her real soon," Gayle says. "I am so proud and honored to be her sister." For all the details on Crystal Gayle's life now, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands everywhere Friday.