I am the one who always changes my hair. I am constantly combining everything between braids, locs, afros and smooth straight styles. That way my hair always gives me a feeling of freedom; But even with all the changes I’ve made to my hair in the past, I always leave it long, because it makes me feel more female. I am tall and strong with big muscles, and I worry that if I go too short with my cut, I will lose part of my femininity. So for me, knowing everything my hair represents and saying, “Damn it, I’ll cut it anyway,” is liberation.
While I was thinking about cut my hair for two decadesThe pandemic really strengthened my decision. If 2020 teaches me anything, it is direct. To do the things I want to do without taking them for granted. Because if not now, when? However, even when I was driving to the appointment, even when I was sitting in the salon chair, I did still ask yourself, “Are you sure do you want to do this “Until the whistle blew, I knew I really would.
I know people always say, “Who cares what people think?” But it’s scary to know you’re making a change that will shock a lot of people.
It would have been much easier if I made this decision two years ago, before I got a public background where people can share their opinion about me – but I don’t think I could have done it two years ago. And I know people always say, “Who cares what people think?” But it’s scary to know you’re making a change that will shock a lot of people.
When I first revealed my short hair Women’s History Month The ride of Peloton, the response was overwhelming. A lot of women from the Black community say, “I see you.” I know that they understand what it means to be a Black woman to go against what society expects of them. Hair has long been my way of conveying what I want the world to see me like. People approach me differently when I have a sleek, sleek style compared to when I wear a bow or bra. And, frankly, having my hair straight makes me more fit and makes people perceive me more socially acceptable. Cutting off my hair and being able to put myself in a place where I’m less concerned with the masses is a risky thing. However, when I showed it to my colleague Peloton, Jess Sims, the first time chop my chopsticks, she cried.
I realized that once you’ve come across and done the scariest thing you can think of, there’s nothing to be afraid of.
In many ways, our hair gives us a sense of security, and when I shave all my hair, I have nothing left to hide behind. It made me feel exposed in the best way, and I realized that once you’ve been exposed and done the scariest thing you can think of, there’s nothing to be afraid of. For over 20 years I allowed myself to believe I was too muscular either too this or too that keep your hair short.
After I cut it out, I realized I was lying to myself, which made me wonder where I was telling lies like this in my life. We all have beliefs that limit us – whether it’s telling ourselves that you can’t get through another 30 seconds of sprint on a spinning bike or, in my case, think Having a haircut will make you seem less feminine – but do your best. The most important thing you can do is prove those beliefs wrong. In this case, I trust my 12-year-old who really, really wants to do this. Now that I’m done, all I can think is, “Why am I taking so long?”
As told Zoë Weiner
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