My Short Hair Story
A few months ago, I cut almost 6 inches of my hair off. Now, this wasn’t a huge change because my hair was not very long to begin with, but it was definitely very noticeable. I’m a person who likes to frequently switch up their hairstyle, I find coming to school or work with a completely new look exhilarating, but never had I done something like this. The reason I decided to make the big chop to a pixie style crop, was mostly because I wanted to let go. I wanted to let go of the worry that I wasn’t pretty enough, or feminine enough. I wanted to let go of my need for validation through the way I looked. I wanted to show the world that I was powerful and confident, even if I didn’t have basic, long blond hair or wasn’t the “North American Standard” of beauty. I find that hair can be a sort of shield, a protective armour, and what I desperately needed, was to show myself, and the rest of the world, that I didn’t need to hide behind anything. When all your hair is on the floor around you, and the back of your neck, and shape of your head is proudly on display for the first time, it can be freaking scary. Not to mention the first time I went to school with my hair short. At first, I found myself keeping my head down and staring at the floor, willing it to swallow me up whenever someone walked by and looked at me twice, and then, something switched in my brain, and I remembered the whole reason I decided to cut my hair in the first place! I spent the rest of the day with my head held high, making eye contact with every person that looked at me questioningly, and guess what? I felt more feminine and confident than ever! The thing about short hair is, it let’s all your features shine, I noticed that my eyes looked brighter, my highlight popped and my jawline was more defined and beautiful than before. I’m not saying I looked bad with long hair, but this new cut had brought out features that I had never even noticed before. Not to mention the ease of not having to carve out 30 minutes a day to curl or straighten my hair. It’s been a little while since I cut my platinum locks off, and some days, I desperately want to throw my hair up in a messy bun and forget about it, but there hasn't been a time yet where I truly regret it, and I don’t think there ever will be. So, if you are deciding whether to cut your hair, or you are worried that you won’t like it, or that you won’t be attractive, I can, without a doubt tell you, that you will look beautiful, it will open up a new found confidence inside of yourself that you never even knew existed, and confidence is always attractive.