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Why Cutting my Hair was a Breath of Relief

It was time for my hair to bring me happiness rather than regret

Why Cutting my Hair was a Breath of Relief

For some people hair is their identity, their expression, and, for some, their freedom.

For the longest time hair has been a controversial topic. I know. Crazy, right? Why would one of the natural and visible parts of our body be controversial? I'm not going to get into a rant about why there is so much controversy against natural parts of our body, but I will soon. But one thing I want all of us to think about is why everything is so controversial--is it because people don't understand how or why things work, or are they jealous? I don't know but when someone finds out let me know.

Seeing my Afro-latina and black friends go through the suffering of perming and relaxing their hair to the point of tears is something I'm never going to understand nor have to go through. I always remember thinking 'what is it like to go through that pain, both physically and emotionally?' I was never going to be able to understand, but one thing I did see, and later understood, was the way their attitude and even personality changed once they made the decision to go "natural" and be who they were meant to be.

It wasn't until this year that I understood what it felt like to be a prisoner in life and be able to take a breath of fresh air the moment your hair is chopped off.

Let's take it back a second and talk about the history of my hair. When I was younger, until around 13, my hair was straight with thick hair. It was even long and heavy, and for as long as I could remember my hair was long or at least longer than my shoulders. Since it's always been that length, I never had a doubt in my mind that it should stay that way, but as I grew older my hair got curlier, less manageable, thinner, but I still kept it long.

As stress in my life continued to grow, my hair didn't. Before I was able to grow inches in a matter of weeks but those inches started coming in in a matter of months. For some this change might not bother them but I noticed the difference as soon as it started happening. This change was the beginning of full body hate and self harm.

I never felt comfortable or pretty with my hair, which was one of the hardest parts of growing up seeing the girls around me loving their hair, dying and cutting their hair to any and every way they wanted. The only time I remember feeling a little bit of joy towards my hair was right after a hair cut, it didn't matter if it was major or not but the moment always passed since I never felt my hair wasn't right or for me, especially as high school came and went and college started without a break. Luckily, everything changed after new years.

Freedom. Life. Regret. Happiness. Just a few words that came to my mind when I felt the weight off of my head and the hair on the floor. For the first time in a long time, I felt like myself.

Now its been a few weeks and I've never felt more beautiful, sexy even, but most of all, I'm happy.

So why should you care? Great question. Maybe you shouldn't. I just want you to know that every decision about you, that pertains to your body and your happiness belongs to you. Take advantage and be happy. For the only peerson that loses out if you don't is you.

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    2. Take a nap
    3. Have a dance party
    4. Eat ice cream
    5. Bake a cake
    6. Cry just a little bit
    7. Knit a blanket
    8. Learn to ride a bike
    9. Build a crib
    10. Watch a hockey game
    11. Watch any game
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    13. Dye my hair
    14. Go grocery shopping
    15. Learn to crochet
    16. Do 50 jumping jacks
    17. Drive cross country
    18. Take a bubble bath
    19. Squeeze lemons for lemonade
    20. Sell the lemonade
    21. Make heart-shaped ice cubes
    22. Moisturize my knees
    23. Paint my nails
    24. Find the cure for cancer
    25. Run a marathon
    26. Just kidding, run down the hall
    27. Squat my bodyweight
    28. Eat my bodyweight in French fries
    29. Hibernate until Christmas
    30. Cuddle my body pillow (unless you have a boo)
    31. Think about all the work I’m not doing
    32. Wash my bed sheets
    33. Vacuum my apartment
    34. Play mini golf
    35. Go swimming
    36. Tan in this Texas heat
    37. Sing like I’m about to win American Idol
    38. Blow up balloons
    39. Pop the balloons
    40. Make lists
    41. Write an Odyssey article
    42. Pet a puppy
    43. Adopt a puppy
    44. Pay my rent
    45. Order a pizza
    46. Start a garden
    47. Cook a turkey
    48. Find new music
    49. Clean my waffle iron
    50. Learn to make jam
    51. Jam to music
    52. Play scrabble
    53. Volunteer anywhere
    54. Celebrate a birthday
    55. Watch a makeup tutorial I’ll never use
    56. Go through old pictures on my phone
    57. Make a playlist
    58. Take a shower
    59. Clean my room
    60. Curl my hair
    61. Climb a rock wall
    62. Get a massage
    63. Play with Snapchat filters
    64. Roast a chicken
    65. Go fishing
    66. Chug some Snapple
    67. Ride in a cart around Walmart
    68. Count the days until the semester is over
    69. Overthink about my future
    70. Think of my future baby’s names
    71. Pin everything on Pinterest
    72. Text anybody
    73. Pray about life
    74. Watch a sunset
    75. Watch a sunrise
    76. Have a picnic
    77. Read a book (that’s not for school)
    78. Go to a bakery
    79. Snuggle a bunny
    80. Clean my apartment
    81. Wash my dishes
    82. Rearrange my furniture
    83. Physically run away from my problems
    84. Make some meatballs
    85. Learn to make bread
    86. Google myself
    87. Ride a Ferris wheel
    88. Get stuck on a Ferris wheel (that way, it’s not my fault I’m not studying)
    89. Wash my car
    90. Get on a plane to Neverland
    91. Find Narnia in my closet
    92. Jump on a trampoline
    93. Learn to ice skate
    94. Go rollerblading
    95. Ride a rollercoaster
    96. Carve a pumpkin
    97. Restore water in a third world country
    98. FaceTime my family
    99. Hug my mom
    100. Tell my friends I love them

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