Hair as a Metaphor for Life

For the last year and a half, I have been growing my hair out from a very short pixie cut. I enjoyed the shorter style, but I became bored with it. I initially cut my hair short because, like many women, I hated my hair. It is neither straight nor curly – it’s wavy and it used to irritate me to no end.

I would blow dry and flat iron my hair into submission, hoping to achieve a sleek, board-straight look. Of course, that hard earned sleekness would last only a couple of hours, at which point the waviness would invariably return. The heat exposure and the cornucopia of harsh products I used created split ends, dried and damaged the hair and left it limp and without body. So I chopped it off.

As I’ve been growing it out, however, I’ve chosen to accept my hair’s waviness. I still prefer to blow dry it and I flat iron the bangs I’m growing out, but I don’t iron the rest of my hair, nor do I use as many products as I have in the past. Much to my surprise, my hair has never looked better. It’s soft and has body and it’s largely free of split ends. As relatively minor as something like one’s hair is in comparison to the larger issues we deal with in life, I feel this discovery about my hair is an effective metaphor for promoting an authentic lifestyle. When we fight our nature, we rarely experience the outcomes we hope for. However, when we accept ourselves as we are, we are much more likely to thrive.

65 comments

Ujivenelson Ujivenelson

Amazing stuff of the blogs!! That has amazed me. how to get smooth and shiny hair

Nimue Pendragon

Interesting thought, thanks Sarah.

Sarah M.
Sarah M.4 years ago

love the conclusion

Abbe A.
Azaima A.4 years ago

thanks

Ela V.
Ela V.4 years ago

thanks, went through the same :)

Ela V.
Ela V.4 years ago

gone through the same

Silas Garrett
Silas Garrett4 years ago

This may seem odd coming from a man and all, but I have had much the same experience, since I'm an enthusiast of long hair. I have donated my hair twice, and the transition from long to short, and short to long, is always interesting. I have also had some dissatisfaction with my wavy hair, though my solution was always to tie my hair back. Leaving it out more often has always been interesting, and has led to my coming to accept my unruly hair, and to accept myself a little bit more, one step at a time.

Nancy B.
No B.4 years ago

thanks

Nancy B.
No B.4 years ago

thanks

Samantha Shira
Samantha Shira4 years ago

thanks for sharing.