I don’t think of myself as a very attractive person. Having said that, most of the compliments I’ve received all my life about my looks was mostly for my hair. People just couldn’t stop wishing that they had hair like me. Nice to hear, you would think, but I was paranoid. I kept thinking, “Oh no they’ve jinxed it, now all of it is going to fall off and I am going to go bald. Ishwara!” * Sigh sigh triple sigh.* Hair kept falling, I kept cursing but life went on.
Then one day, I had this conversation with a friend who told me I should cut it all off. Though I responded very sweetly, in my mind I was like “Are you kidding me!!? The one thing good about me is my hair and I should cut it all off? NO WAY!” is what I thought to myself. But then it remained in the back of my mind. After a year or so, I took this idea seriously, went to a stylist and told him that I want to go short. His reaction was “Madam, short hair looks good on models. On you, I don’t know. People will laugh at you, you will feel very uncomfortable, you know.” What do you think I did? I RAN!! Never, ever, never, I thought to myself.
A year after the ghastly incident, I started toying with the idea again. A friend told me I would look way hotter if I go short. Hmm, hmm. Let’s give it another shot, I thought to myself. I fixed an appointment, went to another stylist and he wasn’t too sure again. He sent me back to do some research on what cut I want. He told me to look for a cut which would suit my face cut, hair texture and volume. I did precisely that. No, I wasn’t going to give up this time! I bugged my friends to find a suitable cut for me and next day I went back with a picture. The stylist seemed convinced finally and then chop chop chop. For people who love their hair, it can be heartbreaking you know. You have waist length hair and in one swift motion, it’s lying on the floor, lifeless. I would’ve felt the same, you would think. But the minute she was done, I ran my hand through my hair and I was like “Oh sweet Jesus, I am never growing it back again!!”
Yes, I loved it.
I love my cut, but what now? What if the world thinks I was too stupid to cut my ‘awesome’ hair, like they called it? What if my Mom disowns me? I take a walk and I get stared at more than before. Compliments and “Oh wow’s” started pouring in. Men hate short hair? Trust me, it’s not true (smirk). With a feeling of glee, I embrace my new hair with open arms and I haven’t been happier about my hair.
Those of you out there, who have been dying to go short, don’t let what friends/family think bog you down. If you are convinced you can pull it off, then there is nothing else you have to be worried about. I know what you’re thinking. “Why should I listen to her? She is just some random chick who wants me to cut my precious tresses. No way!” I would’ve reacted that way, for sure.
Solution? Let’s hear it from the experts themselves!! Two very important and well acclaimed people in the Industry agreed to talk to us regarding the pros of having short hair. Vikram Mohan, C.E.O of Bounce Style Lounge, Chennai and Sunit Trikha, Top Stylist, Toni&Guy, Chennai are two guys who have carved a niche for themselves in the Hairstyling Industry. In this interview with Thats So Gloss! they have highlighted why women should definitely consider going short this summer.
Article by: Greeshma Rai
Picture Courtesy: Staj Soften; Collage: Author’s Own