There’s something really refreshing about getting a haircut. I grew mine out quite long and part of me loved long hair because I liked feeling hidden by it and, I guess, it also made me feel more feminine. I knew that longer hair would also balance out my face a little because I’ve always felt it to be a fat, round face and that I can’t pull off a shorter haircut as a result. Stupid.
Having health problems and then a stoma can really affect your confidence and how you see yourself, but I didn’t want to keep thinking about what other people were thinking either. I was fed up with long hair and wanted a change. It had thinned a lot over the years too, especially on the top even though you probably can’t tell so much in the photographs, and that was making me more self-conscious. It also signifies a change for many people when they get their hair cut, in one of those “new me” kind of ways. For me, it was partly to help the health of my hair and stop it from being so weighed down, and partly to draw a line under some of the negativity from the past couple of years since my first op and to start taking care of myself again. I haven’t dyed it in a few years either, hence the 50 shades of ginger it naturally seems to be turning now. I’ll save that for next week.
I do think that there’s too much attached to hair and how we see ourselves, but there’s no denying it’s important for many of us in terms of self-esteem and image. I’m caring a little less now and happy for it!
Does getting a trim or a hairstyle change give you a little mood lift too?