Hair is a security blanket of sorts, my friends. We hide underneath it. We flip it. Some of us whip it back and forth. And we and blame it when it doesn’t look as we’d like.
But my hair shouldn’t be something I hide behind.
When we need a fresh perspective, when we need to look in the mirror and be reminded that we are ever-changing and ever-growing; it’s time to cut it off, and it’s time to try a new color.
It can be an exercise in letting go of control; of trusting someone else completely with scissors that will decide your future for the next few months.
It’s an exercise in confidence. In believing you can pull off something new.
It’s a time to see yourself in a new way.
As an actress, my hair is often an integral part of my characters. Therefore, I’ve walked through life as a blonde, brunette, and a redhead.
Society has treated me differently with each hair color, ridiculous as it may seem.
When I was a blonde, people opened doors for me. They noticed when I walked into a room. But I had to fight to convince others to take my opinion seriously. Almost every time.
As a brunette, no one held doors open. I could sneak in and out of situations without being seen. But people listened when I spoke about what I believed in. I was definitely taken seriously.
As a redhead, it was a mixture of both reactions from others, with the addition of being stopped by strangers, complimented on my hair color, and often seen as “mysterious,” or “artistic.”
I learned to adapt with each hair color. I spoke louder and more directly as a blonde to prove that I am more than a bubbly personality. As a brunette, I learned that it’s ok to want to be noticed, and so I began to carry myself with more confidence. And finally, I explored and discovered my personal style as an artistic redhead.
And so, when you need to see yourself differently, when you need to double-take when you pass a mirror, go ahead. I give you permission to change your hair. I invite you to toss away that security blanket you toss back and forth, and try something new.
You may discover new facets of who you truly are.
And that’s the nice thing about hair—it’s just that: hair. It grows back. It’s essentially meaningless in terms of how one views her worth.
If found myself in that place this week. My hair style was safe. It was easy. I felt like I could hide behind it.
But that’s not what I need to be in this season. I need an extra dose of boldness. I need a little thrill and strength of an insignificant change. I want to start being okay with being noticed again. To express the quirkiness inside of me. To let my hair be the initial clue to my originality.
So, here it is, friends: my new look.
It’s not quite what I was expecting. But the color will change over time, and the length will return.
It’s a journey! And I’ve decided to enjoy it. To explore every stage and every avenue.
Take a moment to look in the mirror. Does your hair represent who you are right now, knowing that every season emphasizes different colors of who you are?
If not, I dare you to change it. To try something new. To step out of your comfort zone. It’s a temporary change, so you have nothing to fear.
Go for it.
Let it be a small “Plot Twist” for you!
And if you’re feeling even more bold, try stepping out in another area beyond your hair.
Whatever your next step is, whether your hair, starting a band, searching for a new job, or trying a new recipe, choose your next plot twist moment.
Be brave, be bold, be fierce! Be you.