Hair is a woman’s most important accesory
About a week ago my friend Kait and I got scissor happy and decided we wanted hair cuts, right then and right there! I had been toying with the idea of cutting my hair for a while, and thought I should just go for it. Normally I’m a freak about any slight changes to my locks, so this was a major change to cut off about six or seven inches.
If you think about it, as women, our hair is our most important accessory. We wear it every day, and if it doesn’t look good, we don’t feel good. More importantly, hair is a huge part of our identity. How we see ourselves and how we want to be seen is reflected with everyday choices in how we wear our hair.
Until I was about 13 I was never allowed to cut my hair. I blame it on my traditional South Asian parents, but there was probably a part of me that used my ass-grazing hair as a safety blanket too. When I finally was able to get a short chop, I hated it!
With my flowing hair I had always pulled it into a pony tail, but with this new short ‘do I had no idea how to style it, and ended up with “triangle head.” The texture and length didn’t work well with the cut. Thinking I was forever doomed to wear Rapunzel hair, I impatiently grew it out and never had short hair again.
That is… until I turned 17. I was about to graduate from high school and couldn’t wait to leave my hometown in California for the east coast. For the summer I wanted a new hair style, and I distinctly remember Alice Delal inspiring my shaved-head look. I went into the bathroom, a la Hannah in the “Girls” season finale, and parted my hair, and chopped off a square area of hair on the left side of my head.
Back up was needed.
I called my friend Will, who came over with clippers, and he buzzed the excess off. Well, he laughed at me for a good half hour first. But being the great friend he is, helped me clean up my new hairstyle. (Pix or it didn’t happen, eh? Click here to see the photo of this wild style.)
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