Tea or coffee? I’ll take a hot chocolate. Why hello there wonderful people of the internet! How are you doing? Now, I know what you’re thinking, ” Evgenia, where have you been?”. The answer to that would be Greece. After several years, I visited the mother-country. She’s doing okay, if you were wondering. Never fear, excessive amounts of photos from my travels will be coming, but today I want to focus on something quite controversial- hair.
At the young age of 13, I did possibly the best thing in my entire life. I cut off all my hair. That’s right, folks, a pixie haircut. Over the many centuries it has been established that long hair on women equals beautiful.
* Audrey Hepburn, Emma Watson, and Twiggy roll eyes*
But I was happy, so why the controversy? Why should stereotypes dictate my choices?
Apparently, people thought they should. I heard it all:”but, like why?” “I could never do that! have boy’s hair? no.” “you’ll look so much prettier with long hair” “no boy will ever date you”
Well, sir, let me tell you: Cutting my hair forced me to embrace me. A cliché, I know, but hear me out. There’s nothing to hide behind. I can’t distract with my hair. It’s very much, here are my cheekbones, my eyes, my eyebrows, my lips, my face, my imperfections. I grew confident with myself. I grew into me. *gags at the overwhelming clichés*
I won’t lie to you, curiosity, or maybe the comments, got the best of me, and I’ve now grown out my hair. Did I do it for myself or others? I don’t know- that’s a question too philosophical to answer on a Tuesday afternoon. I will say the way people talk to me about my hair is different. It’s been more accepting. If I had a penny for every time someone told me “aw no don’t cut it again, don’t do that, please” I could pay Fordham’s tuition. All I know for sure, is that I will cut if off; it’s just the when that needs deciding. *laughs maniacally*
Essentially, all I want to say is that don’t tell anyone what length their hair should be. Let them be; it’s that simple. Don’t worry that “short hair makes you less feminine”, a direct quote I kid you not, or anything else. Let my happiness be enough, however my hair looks.