I don’t really have a bad hair day, literally, as far as I can remember. Blessed with straight hair, a little running through my fingers just kept the strands in place. As I grow older, I became more adventurous with my hairstyles. Not that I have become like Coco Chanel who revolutionized the fashion industry – from the pearls, to the LBD, to the flapper style clothes – right up to the cropped glorious locks! And should I add, up to the scent of a fair lady. I am not a fashion icon or perhaps I am, only in the eyes of my children! As I look back, I sported different styles in various phases of my life – the bangs with the long hair as a growing teenager and the short one before graduating from college. The well-kept locks on my first job in the academe, the well-maintained while in the financial sector, the layered bob after I gave birth to the first child, and yes the second, too (there’s just something about pregnancy and short hair 🙂 ) .. and the long one that I have recently been sporting through the years that has gone from being layered, colored and permed. Pretty much the same with my life – various professional experiences, different towns and cities that I call home (wherever my husband brings us) and meeting new challenges.
After 7 looong (hair) years, I decided to come out with a bolder, more courageous look, and as I say , also with a new outlook. Long hair has become my comfort zone. If I am to embrace change in 2013, then I can certainly go out of comfort zones. I have been out of many lately, so this “hair” thing isn’t such a big deal after all. I am glad I decided to sport a layered bob ( and no, I haven’t given birth to a 3rd one, just making sure you’d get this right) , with streaks of highlights to complete it. New look, one that just gets better with age. And I think most women can relate. It is not because we attempt to desperately hide some years but because we’ve grown in a lot more ways. We become mature with life’s experiences, we are able to choose our own battles and we can love more fiercely and passionately. We have been liberated from the youth’s innocence and will continue to age in wisdom and grace. BUT more than this hairdo and what-have-you’s, the more important accessory to me is when I choose to wear Faith’s fashion – one that is not concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes but with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God (see 1 Peter 3:3-4).
One can always achieve a new look – and it starts from the inside, out. When we have a gentle and quiet spirit, we have the confidence that comes from God which is precious to Him. Our greatest crowning glory comes from Him alone. And to Him I will always be beautiful – long, short or bald. 🙂
Happy New Year! Happy New Hair!