Why I Had My Haircut

Why I Had My Haircut

Yes, it was more than just "cutting a few layers off"

I have always been known to have really long hair and do not get me wrong, I love having long, wavy hair. However, I do not want to be known as the "girl who always has long hair." My long hair was also getting hard to upkeep with - it took forever to brush, longer showers, knots for days, etc. I just do not have the patience right now in my life to keep up with my long hair like I have had to do in the past.

Now, it may seem strange but I also became extremely "attached" to my long hair because even though I have had my hair cut in the past, I would always end up growing out my hair. I also wanted a change in my life. This year has been a roller coaster for me - while it has had its ups, the downs overpower the ups. I thought that when I enrolled in college, that people would be nicer because we are older and should act like adults. Apparently, this message does not transcend well with others because I feel as though I sometimes interact with people who are still stuck in high school. I do not care for drama, nor do I like it when people talk badly about me behind my back OR to my face. But other college students CRAVE this because bestowing misery upon others is fulfilling and entertaining for some people. Let me just clarify that while I would love if everyone were friends with each other, it would be a perfect world. This world is not perfect nor will it ever be. With that being said, if people could act like decent human beings that would suffice.

As someone who is always trying to make others happy, I have started to realize that some people are too immature to understand that what they say can sometimes hurt ones feelings without them knowing. With that being said, this haircut was also a psychologically symbolic for me as a way to cope with trying to not care what other people say negatively to my face. At first, I thought I should cut my hair to determine if someone who was not fond of me would alter their opinion of me if I changed my appearance. I came to the conclusion that if I wanted to cut my hair, it should be because I wanted to fully accept myself for who I am, and also cut it to deal with negative people "in" my life.

I also wanted to lighten my hair because my life at college can be busy and hectic so this was a reminder for me to stay delighted and lively. So far, I have been enjoying the length and color of my hair and will hopefully continuing this new look for quite some time. As for the other reasons as to why I cut my hair, I'm just taking things one step at a time to remind myself to stop worrying about people who should not heavily matter in my life (i.e. they are not my family or close friend of mine, etc).

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To The People Who Keep Saying I Need To Do My Makeup

I didn't know I was living my life to please you.

I just want to preface this article to say that this is not "glam shaming" at all.

I love makeup and I used to wear it every day but due to health reasons, I do not anymore. To all the people who do their makeup every day, I applaud you and wish I could do the same, and to the people who don't, you are literally just as amazing as anyone who does their makeup. Everyone is amazing, no matter if they have makeup on or not.

So to go on, I don't wear makeup, and when I do, it's extremely, extremely rare. I have severe acne, and even putting on highlighter makes me break out. I've been on countless medications throughout my life to try to calm down the cystic pimples, but nothing has worked until just a few months ago. My skin, although still covered in scars from my acne, is finally clear from pimples (except for the occasional huge, deep-rooted one of course.) I do everything I can to prevent them from coming, which means eating right, drinking water, washing my face with a sulfur cleanser, and taking medications. I don't want to risk a painful breakout just for a night out and putting makeup on.

I absolutely love makeup, and it makes me upset that I can't wear it, or that I choose not to, but I have decided to choose my battles with my acne.

In high school, some girls would say I didn't have a boyfriend because "I needed to do my makeup for school." This was literally 6 years ago and yeah, it bothered me then because I was suffering with acne then too. I was basically told I wasn't getting guys attention because my pimples were showing. HAHAHAHA. It's hilarious to me now. Because now that I'm an adult, I realize that it's my face and the only person it should bother if I have makeup on or not IS ME.

Flash forward to last month at work. I've already said I don't wear makeup. One day at the end of my shift one of the other servers, who is male, came in, and told another coworker that I needed to come to work with my makeup done.


Y'all are embarrassing yourselves.

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Dyeing Your Hair Gives You Superpowers In The Form Of Confidence

If you're debating it, take the leap. You won't regret it.

Yes, I've had one of those "It's not a phase, mom" phases. It happens to the best of us, right? Right. At least, that's what I tell myself. As I was going through my different phases, one of my favorite ways to express myself was through dyeing my hair.

Even though I'm originally an extremely dark brunette, few people knew that for years because I went from being brunette to blonde, to red (that was the phase), back to blonde and, now, I'm finally back to brunette after about 4 years of confusing the masses. Whether it was from doing ombré, baylage, higlgihts or lowlights, my hair has been one of my favorite ways to express myself.

I started dyeing my hair when I was in 8th grade. It was a littleee extreme, but I don't regret it for a second. When dyeing your hair, you live for the moments people do a double take in the hall or ask you what's different about your look. Those moments give you an instant confidence boost because there's suddenly an air of mystery about you. Or, even if there isn't, you think that there is and that's all that really matters.

By dyeing my hair, I've been able to test out different looks while knowing that nothing will ever be permanent because, well, hair will continue to grow. Even if you don't love a look at first, it grows on you after a while. And, even if it doesn't, then you can get even more excited planning the next color or shade or trend you've been stalking on Pinterest. (Yes, I have a "Hair" Pinterest board, who doesn't?)

Looking through stylists' or celebrites' Instagrams to find that next perfect look can turn into an all day affair and is one of the best distractions from that annoying theology paper you have due next week. Daring yourself to be bold not only affects how others see you, but how you see yourself.

Even making the smallest change to your hair means you had the confidence to take a chance and push your boundaries. If you've ever asked yourself, "I wonder what I would look like as a (blank)," you know what I'm talking about. By being able to make the decision to dye your hair, you're proving to yourself that you have the ability to try something new without knowing every little reprecussion.

Confidence is a superpower. It can make you happier and let you live your life by your own set of rules. But, like all good things in life, it's hard to come by sometimes. Dyeing your hair has made me feel like a new person to such an extent that it's given me the confidence to laugh a little louder and speak up a little louder. And that's all you can ask for sometimes.

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