Liberate Your Hair

With summer right around the corner, it is time for beach days, tropical vacations, and finally breaking out the tank tops and sundresses. But that also means heat, humidity, and being a sticky and sweaty mess.

Next to doubling up on deodorant and drowning in your own sweat, having your hair cling to the back of your neck and making you even hotter is not a good look or feeling. So although having long lustrous hair can be gorgeous, taking the scissors to your locks for the summer is tempting. And there are endless options whether you go for a trim, a bob, or a pixie cut. You can also do what I did; chop it at the shoulders.

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This not only cuts down washing, drying, and styling time, but it feels so amazing and light. Plus the humidity is so much less of a hassle. And I still have plenty of styling options to have fun with. Not to mention my hair has never been healthier.

So I would say, if you’re thinking about it, you should just do it. It is only hair after all. If you’re hesitant, start with a few inches, and you can always go shorter. I guarantee you will love it so much you’ll want to go shorter and shorter. I’ve been cutting an inch off my hair every two weeks! But if a shoulder length cut isn’t enough for you, take the plunge, and go even shorter.

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Photo via Instagram

More and more women are cutting their hair whether celebrities in Hollywood or office lady-bosses, but unfortunately there still seems to be this fear about it. Will cutting your hair make you less feminine? Will you look like a boy? And there are always those online or even in-person who say and will say things like "you’re so prettier, but would look so much nicer with long hair" or "you’ll never find a man with short hair." And what do I have to say to them? SHUT UP!

Not only can it be liberating to break outside of society’s gender norms and be bold and beautiful, but if you want to cut your hair that is 100% your decision. I know it is hard to not care about what others think, but it is your hair.

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Photo via Proper Pixie Cut

We are so used to yelling "our bodies our choice" from the rooftops, yet we still have this hang up about having short hair. Whether it is men’s opinions, traditional women’s, or your own fear, your hair is a part of you, and what you choose to do with it is up to you. Now if you love your long hair and don’t want to part with it good for you, but hesitating having it cut should be about you, not anyone else.

This may seem like an odd example, but when Britney Spears shaved her head everyone claimed she was crazy. But why? Well, according to witnesses at the time, she said she was doing it because she was tired of people touching her. By this it was explained that she meant her hair was so important to other people. She wasn’t allowed to leave until it was finished being styled and perfected. So she decided not to have any hair. She was angry and fed up, but media portrayed her as “crazy” because she was a woman fighting society’s standards.

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Photo via Pinterest

The older and more experienced I get, I realize how bold Britney actually was in this moment. Now we don’t know the true facts, but I prefer this story to the one we were so used to reading at the time. It seems so obvious to me now that with the pressure she was under, this wasn’t a breakdown, but a liberation.

As women, our hair should not define our femininity, our attractiveness, or anything but what it is — hair.  Short hair is beautiful. Long hair is beautiful. No hair is beautiful. What makes us beautiful is how we see ourselves. So choose what you like and what you want.

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Photo via Instagram

As much as I promote cutting it for practical reasons, especially with this brutal summer I’m sure we’re about to have, the best reason to do it is to liberate your hair and yourself. If you have never made a big cut before, you have no idea how freeing it feels. Even if shoulder length seems unbelievably short to you, making a change like that can help you see yourself differently.

Some might say that long hair can feel like a security blanket. And to some it very well may be. It makes sense. Just as some women cling to the same makeup trend from the 80s, because they are used to it. It feels safe. And that can be perfectly fine. There is absolutely nothing wrong with holding onto your long hair. But tossing away that security and considering yourself beautiful without something that has always been there is not only refreshing and new, but it feels well, empowering!


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