In 2007, Britney Spears was famously shaving her own head in a hair salon in LA while in the throes of a nervous breakdown. She later checked herself into a rehabilitation facility, and the world has been talking (and memeing) about it ever since. Isn’t it interesting, that when she felt most desperate, her natural instinct was to shave off her hair (herself, no less) in a bid to wipe the slate clean, in every way imaginable?
There’s a reason that the ‘break up’ or ‘new start’ haircut is such a popular decision. After going through a life-changing situation, or turmoil, the feeling that then comes with cutting off your hair (and in turn, letting go of the past) is incomparable. It’s not only physically freeing, but emotionally too. Each snip, snip, snip of the hairdresser’s scissors says bye, bye, bye to your current – soon to be former – self, and that’s a very powerful thing. But what does that say about women’s choices in terms of their looks, in relation to their romantic relationships? Often, it’s the association with an age-old myth that ‘men only like women with long hair’ and since said break-up, an ‘I can do whatever I want’ phase ensues. A newfound confidence to do something to please yourself and yourself only, without the approval of a man. This of course, is great. Live your truth girl. But the empowerment that comes with cutting off – or completely covering – your locks altogether really shouldn’t be reserved for your next heartbreak or nervous breakdown, because going against the status quo when it comes to your appearance can have amazing, life-changing, results. I know this, because I’m 10 years into my short hair journey. If this sounds like I’m describing some form of therapy, that’s because for me, it was.