Oscars 2012: Short Locks ROCK The Red Carpet
As I sat watching the Oscars last night, I took notice of Viola Davis and Robin Roberts hair almost immediately. I don’t think I had seen a sister on the Red Carpet with short hair since Halle Berry. And in this case Viola was also NATURAL. WOWsers!!! A major change from what we saw of Davis just a few weeks ago at the SAG Awards. What a fashion statement the sisters made, and I was elated that the message was not to conform!! What a relief to see Black Women that created fashion and style that worked for them instead of a tinted version of white Hollywood fashion. Viola & Robin spoke to me loud and clear without saying a word. These ladies are both Game Changers in their own right and neither of them had an easy path to their destination. Boy oh boy could I relate. I could go on and on about how they were two of the best dressed dames at the ball!! But I’m going to stick to hair on this one.
You see, a few months ago when I turned 40 I lobbed off about 12 inches of my bouncy tresses to everyone’s astonishment! I was surprised at how large the reaction was to my chop-fest. You see I had worn short hair for nearly a decade (all through my twenties). So for me it was just reverting back to the ME that I was BEFORE becoming a polished corporate professional. For nearly 16 years I had worn the most conservative, most glamorous styles in order to fit into ‘the image’. But last year, I decided to take a hiatus from my Marketing Company and take a run at some of my passions full time. What I had not calculated was how much time I had spent crafting, perfecting and managing my personal and professional image. But since I wasn’t operating in the same circles or going after the same clients, I was able to spend more time doing what I love, and less time with primping. I felt a sense of freedom almost INSTANTLY! And as time went on, I embraced that freedom more and more. By the time I turned 40 last October, I had done the un-thinkable, the BIG CHOP! And I must admit that I’ve been dancing in the streets ever since.
Now the men in my life tended to have a less-positive reaction than the women. Dunno what it is with brothas and long hair…but they were not all pleased with the change. I suppose I had not known how much they liked the long hair until it was gone. And I am sorry to say, it won’t be coming back. Now that I have my taste of flirty fun and freedom with my newly cropped doo, there is no way I’m going back to all that work!! Did I mention how freaking HOT all that hair was??!!
So I suppose this post is just to say a great big fat THANK YOU to Robin and Viola for validating millions of sistas that just want to chop it off and go natural. Hell, if they can rock the red carpet, we certainly can rock the strip malls. Let’s GO for it ladies!!