Something must be in Guelph’s water. There is a new movement happening inspired by our Malkim photoshoot. The haircut, executed by Simon has catapulted a wave of bravery for all women, all ages. No matter what the length of their hair, women have taken the plunge, and begun to shave off large portions of their once perfectly geometrical hair styles. In fact, the longer the hair, the better. Letting go of our safety blanket is both terrifying and satisfying.
I myself experience a rush of adrenaline as my soft locks sail to the floor and my skin is exposed. It is a combination of being terrified that I won’t look pretty, overshadowed by my inner rebel staring back at me, saying “Who cares?”
What a rare moment as a woman, to look in the mirror and say “Who cares…” I realized as I stared at my very exposed scalp that I was still me and I liked the way that my jaw line suddenly became a focal point. I started to feel sexy again. The same feeling as the first time that my mother finally let me put mascara on.
This new haircut gave me so much more than just a new look. As I reflect on this emotional roller-coaster, I realize the power of this haircut. It shook up my self image and flipped it on it’s head. (No pun intended.) Suddenly I was a risk taker, that could do anything. A confident, progressive fashionista that knows how to work it.
I began to wonder why something as simple as a haircut could offer such sophistication. It meant so much more to me than I had anticipated. It really became a symbol of the person that I was trying to become. Someone that is bold and creative and unafraid.
So I encourage you today to try something new and become the change that you would like to see. My haircut is my mantra. Every morning I am reminded that I am empowered. So thank you Simon for the cut, and thank you Kim for my new colour. I will proudly rock my new shaved bits and blonde tips!