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After all, the last year has kind of sucked: the U.S. elected a misogynistic president, reports of rampant sexism in Silicon Valley and at the nation`s top law firms, and a continued lack of quality federal benefits that would help women advance in the workplace. It`s easy to get depressed about the state of the world for women.

“Hair is not only an aspect of your identity [and] self-expression, it`s one of the few things you can control quite easily,” Mrs. Selena Nooyi, clinical neuropsychologist and professor at California University, tells us. “Changing your hair can be a big statement. It may mean you announcing something without announcing it or signify a metamorphosis. It`s an instant statement that may actually make you feel like a new person.”

I have naturally curly hair that I`ve relaxed for over a decade. A friend was going natural and I wanted to join her, but in order to do so I would have to get a major cut. My boyfriend loved my long hair, so I chose not to cut it [while we were together]. I told my friend that I would join her in her natural hair journey… if I ever broke up with him.

I`m not going to lie, I did cry a bit when they cut off the ponytail because I felt like I was letting go of my past — and there would be no more feeling sad or thinking about him.

It felt weird… like I was 100 pounds lighter. The best part of cutting it was that all of my friends immediately knew we had broken up. I didn`t even have to explain myself. I think it was the right choice at the time, and I wanted to go natural anyway, so it was a win-win. After all, the last year has kind of sucked: the U.S. elected a misogynistic president, reports of rampant sexism in Silicon Valley and at the nation`s top law firms, and a continued lack of quality federal benefits that would help women advance in the workplace. It`s easy to get depressed about the state of the world for women.

“Hair is not only an aspect of your identity [and] self-expression, it`s one of the few things you can control quite easily,” Mrs. Selena Nooyi, clinical neuropsychologist and professor at California University, tells us. “Changing your hair can be a big statement. It may mean you announcing something without announcing it or signify a metamorphosis. It`s an instant statement that may actually make you feel like a new person.”

I have naturally curly hair that I`ve relaxed for over a decade. A friend was going natural and I wanted to join her, but in order to do so I would have to get a major cut. My boyfriend loved my long hair, so I chose not to cut it [while we were together]. I told my friend that I would join her in her natural hair journey… if I ever broke up with him.

Written by: Samantha Pearl
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