Bigger Than Hair
It’s said that when a woman cuts her hair she’s making a serious change in her life. Last year Sanaa Lathan debuted a daring buzz cut that shocked her 4 million + followers and the rest of the world. ''I feel so light, I could fly away,'' she said in the video.
So used to the actress’s neatly pressed dark brown tresses everyone wondered about the reasoning behind the drastic change. Late last week Netflix released the Nappily Ever After trailer starring Sanaa Lathan, the role that she cut her hair for. The film is based on a novel by Trisha R. Thomas released in 2001.
The book is centered around the life of Venus Johnston a woman who seemingly has it all, the career, the home, the man. The only thing missing from her ''perfect'' life is the happily ever after. But when her longtime live in commitment-phobe boyfriend brings home a puppy instead of a ring, she breaks. We’ve been there. Maybe not in a romantic relationship, but friendships, family, work, school. A moment where in the smallest shift your hold on everything starts to slip and you spiral.
The solution for most women is a renaissance of self. For smaller moments, retail therapy will suffice but for those truly transformative moments when you’re searching to get a new grip on your identity, like in the novel turned film, you get a new cut. There’s a new found feeling of freedom. The big chop happens for a lot of different reasons but for most it’s the start of a new journey. It forces you to really look at you. We don’t suggest going the route Venus took and taking clippers to your head while wine drunk but there are plenty of ways to do the big chop either at home or in the salon. Here’s a few of our favorite big chops!
Managing your hair as it grows back in can be a lot of things. Frustrating and time consuming being at the forefront of them all. But you should be sure to enjoy the process. You're not alone. There is an entire community working towards healthy hair and healthy living that have had or are having the same questions as you. Enter YouTube. A melting pot of visual guides for the masses. A place to fellowship with other women over the high and low moments. Wherever you are in your hair journey there's a video for it. Taking the time to sift through and find the right guru for you is definitely worth it as well. You're in good company. Women all over the world are on either side of a screen just trying to figure it all out.
Your hair is one of the most unique things about you. So you'll have to take a unique approach to figuring it out as it grows back in. But don’t allow it to consume you. Spend the same time figuring yourself out. Cutting it all off is liberating because while you’re hair is big part of you, it isn’t all that you are.
Thinking about doing the big chop or already done it? We’d love to hear about where you are in your hair journey! Tweet us @Boxbeautyco