We’ve all seen it before. A woman going through a life altering moment takes a pair of scissors, or clippers, and cuts off her hair. It’s symbolic of a new beginning. Shedding the past and setting a new path for a brighter tomorrow. One example, which sticks out the most for me, is Angela Bassett’s character in Waiting to Exhale. A real life example would be Britney Spears during her Blackout phase. 2017 is my year to make a life altering move by shedding the past 4 years and restarting my natural hair journey.
So why now? Well, a lot has happened in the past 4 years. I finished my degree, got married, and lost loved ones. I had a miscarriage, lost jobs, and had to move because the new owners of my apartment wanted to move their family into the units. I also sold my artwork, flourished in content creation and freelance graphic design, hosted a plus size fashion show, collaborated with Youtubers I admire, and reached my 1000 subscriber milestone. I’m grateful for all of it, the good and the bad/sad, but I’m also ready to let go of that which may be holding me back or weighing me down in some way.
I’m someone who is impulsive, but not without thought, if that makes sense. I’ve been thinking about cutting my hair for a long time now. Usually the cure for my cutting fever would be a simple trim and shape of my fro. But lately, I have felt like I needed to break free of my hair. And as I resolve to take better care of my skin this year, and my body through weaning myself off of processed food, sugar, dairy, and gluten, I figured why not also restart my natural hair journey? It felt to good to shed the past 4 years and start fresh. My hair will grow back, and maybe better than before. Maybe I have learned enough to care for my hair in a way that will allow it to truly flourish. Maybe my growth will surpass the last 4 years. Who knows?! We’ll just have to wait and see.
Have any of you cut your hair as a way of starting over or shedding your past? Comment and let me know. I’d love to have a conversation about this. In the meantime, check out my Facebook Live video below. Don’t forget to subscribe to my secondary Youtube channel where I upload my Snapchat stories and occasional Facebook videos.