“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life”.
The last time I sported hair this short, I had a plastic beaker, frilly socks and a love for Thomas the Tank Engine.
I made the regret decision of cutting layers into my hair a few months ago. Waking up, it looked like my strands were trying to run away from my scalp and I had to blow-dry them back in. Before this layering, I had a very minimal routine. So much so, that I am sure that magazines would class my technique as ‘French’.
It simply involved using an expensive, natural shampoo and conditioner, washing in the evening, tying into a bun and then unravelling before bed – I cannot sleep with a bun in my hair. I would not use any product and I cancelled colouring trips to my salon. This effortless movement made my entire scalp feel healthier and in return, glossier locks appeared.
Post-layering and I required styling tools every day.Trying to create a bun or ponytail became a nightmare and flicks would stick out left, right and centre. This process led to me dreaming up a plan to simply chop it all away.
I first had shoulder hair a few years ago. Whilst I enjoyed it, all my family and friends make a boisterous plea, begging me to never cut it short again. I obliged and counted my blessings that my hair seemed to grow back rather quickly.
Long hair on women, tends to be portrayed as the most desirable. Every time I have had a cut that chops a considerable amount of inches, there is always a group of people telling me that they “loved my long hair”.
I do believe in the power of a hair cut nevertheless and I assuredly feel a new sense of awakening. In other words – I love you. No, in seriousness, I feel a sense of release. Making such a bold choice physically, can really spring your mind into action.
It use to be about ‘beauty’ and trying to have the best look possible, to make me the prettiest possible. That may sound conceited, but it is equivalent to being told that you would be far more attractive if you kept your hair long, than if you decided to cut it all off.
This new cut however, is not about trying to be prettier. I am sure that it will receive mixed reviews with many preferring my previous style. It is about being confident enough with me, to be daring and to experiment. Some may say that it is just hair, but to me, it is a drastic, physical change and it is one that will take some getting used to.
I feel now that I am older and exercise, I have a more defined face and my acne has gone, so maybe I should let my features stand out more. Worst comes to worst, I will wait for it to grow back or purchase a wig – extensions even. After all, it is just hair right?
Have you ever had a drastic hair cut or change? How important is your hair to you and what length do you prefer it?