I have always worn my hair long and straight. I always just ran a brush through it and then headed out the door in the morning. I would never put it up, not even for science labs. I didn’t like the feeling of the hair tie pulling on my scalp or how cold my ears would get. However, now that I’m a sophomore in college my perspective has changed.
I realize that hair is a huge part of one’s appearance. Finding a hairstyle that makes you happy can boost your confidence, just like how finding a cute dress that fits can boost your self-esteem. Hair is not only a part of your appearance, it’s also a part of your body. It’s important to take care of your hair and keep it healthy in the same way it’s important to take care of your body. I think being healthy and feeling better about yourself is something that everyone has the right to experience.
I have always let convenience dictate my hair style. I never put that much thought into how I could use my hair as a tool to express myself. I was never in control of whether my hair was poofy or flat, I was just stuck with whatever I woke up with. Now I want to have control over my own hair and my own body. I did some research and learned about how my hair was dried out. Once I learned how to moisturize my hair and make it flexible again I decided to start experimenting with new styles.
I knew that changing up my look would be a challenge. I had never been to a hair dresser before I came to GW and really did not have any prior knowledge about styling hair, but I was ready to take on this new challenge. So, after playing around for 2 hours with a set of curlers my older sister gave me, got results I liked. Below is a combined before and after picture (the differences in color are just a trick of the light).
Truly in the end, it’s just hair. If you can’t reverse results, you can just cut it or grow it out. Don’t be afraid to try out a new look – you may discover something you like that you wouldn’t have otherwise!