Why I Cut My Hair

As a woman, my hair is something I treasure. It’s not just a mop on the top of my head, it’s an extension of me – it’s who I am. Katy Perry released a 24 hour live stream on YouTube to promote her new album Witness and after reading several social media posts about it I decided to give it a whirl. During her therapy session with Dr. Siri Singh I was fascinated to hear him explain to a newly cropped Katy that “hair is an extension of our nerves” and that the reason people are so relaxed when they have their hair cut is because it’s “stirring up our nervous energy“. It got me thinking about the science of hair and how we use it to express ourselves to others. Many celebrities seem to be embracing cutting their hair off in protest to ever demanding beauty standards. Cara Delevingne and Kristen Stewart have both recently shaved their heads and have claimed to feel ‘liberated’. For years and years long hair has been the norm for women; having long, thick flowing hair has been the epitome of beauty. However there have always been those who have rebelled and taken to the clippers such as Annie Lenox, Jessie J, Solange Knowles and Agyness Deyn.

I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs with my hair, sometimes I feel like shaving it all off and starting again, other times it fills me with a brief moment of confidence before I head out of the door. It’s been blonde, brown, black, ginger; each time creating a slightly new version of me. I’ve had it long, short, mid-length and like most, it’s had it’s various health issues – dry, split, brittle, fly-away. But we’ve come through the hard times and I feel like as I head into my late twenties I’m finally in a good place with my hair. Which is why after spending nearly two days straight on Pinterest I decided to chop it all off and reinvent myself again.

I’d bleached it back in January and it’s never quite forgiven me. I couldn’t get a brush through it and after blowdrying I looked like a frizzy lion. It’s been in an awful state ever since so I thought enough was enough – it had to change. Luckily I have a mum who is a brilliant hairdresser, and who is used to putting up with my insistent need to change my barnet every few months. I set my laptop up on the table and displayed various photos of what I thought at the time were unrealistic expectations. I pointed to the sceen and said to my mum “I want it to look like that”. I must have had a small fraction of karma saved up over the past few weeks because after washing, drying and styling it, I agreed that it actually looked half decent:

Before and after, Pinterest vs Sophia

If I’m honest it really has left me feeling pretty liberated. It’s like chopping off those dead ends got rid of a few months of life’s anxieties and worries.

So go on, grab the scissors and create a new you – you’ll feel great.

Written by Sophia Chettleburgh