As someone who doesn’t like change (who does, really?), it comes as no surprise that getting my hair cut is usually the death of me. For the past, oh I don’t know, TEN YEARS, I’ve basically had the exact same hair style: parted down the middle, some variation of a shade of blonde with highlights, with the length down to the middle of my back. Up until a few years ago, I really didn’t even like getting a trim. I know there’s a lot of women out there who feel the same way as I do about their hair. The fear of a haircut or style change is not a new concept.
I’ve thought about why this may be. For me, I find a lot of identity in my hair; it’s a safety blanket. It also happens to be one of my favorite qualities about myself. The feeling of attachment to my hair is also exasperated by others’ positive commentary about it. I’ve always been complimented on my hair and told how beautiful it is. This was always something that made me feel really good about myself and I liked to cling onto that feeling. Why would I get rid of something that everyone likes about me? However, I think it’s easy to get wrapped up in that idea. In fact, I did. Which brings me to my next point…
Change is necessary because we fear it. And when you execute the change it means you’re facing your fears. And if you are making a change that really scares you, it means you needed it.
While I’m talking about a haircut here, not some life altering event, this concept translates to life in general. Change is something I have thought about a lot lately, as it has been a trend in my life recently. It’s something I’ve had to consciously force myself to embrace, rather than let it swallow me whole (easier said than done). When there’s a lot of change happening around me, it feels good to be in control of some of it, in whatever way I can. I put that theory into practice with getting a haircut, even if it only was about three inches (which was a lot for me!).
Once it was over, I left feeling so light – and not only from my head losing a little volume. The metaphorical “fresh start” really came through for me. It also helped that I had an amazing hair stylist, so I actually loved the way my hair looked.
So, cheers to change, no matter how much we hate it. Find a way to like it, embrace it, get some control over it, and take advantage of it. Chop chop, get to it!