“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life”, Coco Chanel.
Oh, so so true! I know you’re probably used to seeing me in the same exact hair style – long blonde hair. I don’t die my hair and throughout the years I have tend to wear it pretty long, BUT it was not always the case.
A couple of weeks ago Herbal Essences approached me asking if I ever changed my hair (color or length) due to changes in my life – new school, new projects etc. And I was like ‘of course I did!’. It hasn’t happened recently – I guess my life has been pretty ‘stable’ – even though I travel a lot, I’m in a long term relationship, I have a home in LA, I’m pretty set on what I what from life and my career – which is probably why I don’t do much with my hair.
However, today I’m celebrating my 4th year anniversary of moving to America. I spent a year in LA a few years before that in 2010 and ever since then I dreamt about calling California a home. At that time, I was studying in Sydney, Australia with no potential of making my American dream come true.
Part of it was that I was in a long term relationship with an Aussie guy who didn’t want to leave the Down Under. He loved it. I lalso oved Sydney, but I honestly couldn’t not see myself getting old there. I felt like I was on standby all those years spent in Australia, waiting to go to the ‘right’ place, my place in the world.
Finally, I also realized that I didn’t want to be in that relationship anymore. It’s a long story, but ultimately my ex and I had very different outlooks on life. He thought that ‘you should always be careful’, that ‘you can’t really trust people’ or that ‘people are mean and are out there to get you’ kind of a thing. I felt like spending my hours, days and my life next to someone like this, will change me into a person I didn’t want to become. I think it’s super easy to be mean and suspicious and way harder to see the best in people. I also think whatever you think you people, you get. So if you think people are mean, they will be mean to you. Life is just so much more beautiful when you decide to see the good in people. Anyways, back to hair, lol!
The moment I moved to LA, I cut my beautiful super long hair I grew sailing across the Pacific by 15 inches! (see at the bottom of my post) Looking back, I don’t necessarily think I looked better, I wasn’t looking to look better, I wanted a change in my life, I was just bored with my hair, with my old me. I wanted to cut that old chapter of my life away for good, I didn’t want to be that old timid Aggie who put up with certain people and stuff for way too long.
This part weekend, I visited Venice Beach – one of the very first places I visited in LA when I came as a tourist and I did what I did during my very first visit – I went roller blading! I’m still as bad as I was back then, but it was a lot of fun and brought back so many memories.
Lastly, take a look at the Let Live In video from Herbal Essences and see the stories of a few incredible bad ass women who talk about changes in their life, it’s so empowering it got me a little teary!
I honestly think that if you feel stuck in life and you know something has to change but you don’t have courage to start – start by changing your hair. You will honestly feel like a different person – a braver, more confident version of yourself who will be ready to take on the new chapter of your life 😉
And here is photo of my before and after transformation from 4 years ago 😉 I have also learned since then that how doing less makeup makes me look better (and younger lol!).
I’m curious to see what you think about my transformations and if you ever ‘cut’ your hair to start a new life.