Not long ago someone asked me why I cut my hair so short. I get my hair trimmed at the barbers including a fade and shape up. You know those bright blonde TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro) cuts? Yeah, I’m one of them.
As a result of the questions I’ve been asked, at times I’ve wondered if I should have longer hair to appear more attractive. I hang out with women who either wear a weave, wigs or keep their hair long. I’ve also been with a guy who told me to grow my hair because it’s girly. I get it. I don’t care about what people say, but I do wonder how things would be if I had longer hair. Would I receive more attention from the opposite sex? Would I be treated differently?
I can’t lie but lately when I see women with really short hair, I think; Power, Boldness (no pun intended), Confidence, and yes I do find it attractive on myself, and that’s all that matters to me.
There’s been a rise in women having their hair short and owning it. It’s become a norm. I’ve seen images of celebrities having a big chop and embracing it. I believe that’s played a big part in influencing more people to be free in the way they have their hair. However, there will always be people who are against women having short hair. Especially those who follow a certain culture, or the ideology of women’s hair being linked to femininity, beauty and as stated in the Bible, her ‘crowning glory’. I believe we should be free to choose how we should have our hair, but also acknowledge that it’s not always going to be everyone’s cup of tea.
I chose to cut my hair for aesthetic purposes, but it took me a long time to do it. I was scared of my forehead being featured more, and looking like a boy. But I’m over that now. There’s nothing more liberating than owning your hairstyle, no matter how short. I’ve also found that the more I embrace and accept my hair, the more people accept it, and even drop a few compliments here and there!
Written by Leigh-Ann Ncube