Coco Chanel. My inspiration, a game changer for women's fashion and an excellent quote source; among other things. She once said: "A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life ". I've heard this a couple of times but I never knew such a seemingly simple concept could have such an impact and relevance on my own life.
Two weeks ago, I cut off most of my hair. I went from a blunt long style that touched the bottom of my spine, to a lob that comes just above my shoulders; and I could never have guessed the impact this would have on me in such a short time.
I have never been the most confident, outgoing person and for most of high school being shy was the norm and I chose not to speak up in groups or approach anyone unless it was really urgent. I had my couple of friends and I stuck to them. I don't venture outside of my comfort zone, ever, well not until 2 weeks ago. In 6 months I'll be in university and I felt I needed to change something before I take this next milestone. Lately I had been loving the lob trend and I've always wanted to donate my hair to cancer survivors for wigs, so I made the very spontaneous decision to chop off my locks.
I realised that after about a week, I started feeling different somehow. It wasn't until this morning when my best friend pointed out to me that I've gained a lot more confidence since chopping my locks that I realised I've been hiding behind my hair for so long now. I always played or fiddled with it when I was nervous or uncomfortable. If I felt anxious I would throw it forward to the front of my shoulders to feel less exposed and somehow the hair always conveniently made its way to cover a part of my face.
With shorter than shoulder length hair, I didn't have this option, and I was forced to just deal with the anxiousness.No more hiding behind long, heavy hair. As a result, I got used to the idea of being more open and naturally, I became more comfortable and confident without the need to curtain myself off. It's true when they say confidence comes from the concept of "fake it 'till you make it "!
Never again will I have boring hair, and never again will I use my hair as a tool to hide myself. Confidence looks as good as it feels and I have not been this happy in a long time.
-The Traveling Oyster