For some, a change in hair color is no big deal, but I've wanted red hair since I was 15, and today, I've finally done it.
I don't have a hair phobia, nor am I OCD of the crowning glory atop my skull but those closest to me know how seldom I talk about my hair or let others interact with it, and very few know the true reasons I am the way I am in regards to my hair.
Now, I'll try to spare you from anything too personal and deep, but I will say this red hair is a great accomplishment.
After nearly ten years of dealing with such an anxiety-inducing perpetual condition, I am finally at a point of such achievement and confidence, I can change the color of my hair and display it proudly. In fact, this hair color is a true celebration of just how far I've come and the great journey before me.
Like I said, I won't get too into the details, but this is cause for celebration of my personal growth, both emotionally and literally. I'm embracing my new style as something I've wanted for so long, rooting back to high school, when teenage angst was real and Paramore played throughout my attempted punk-rock phase, which didn't last long.
I'd always been so envious of my friends who had not only attempted such bold hair colors, but absolutely rocked it! It's taken me so long to finally reach a point where I know I could feel comfortable in trying it for myself. For reasons beyond my own insecurities, I pushed the idea of red hair to the side until I knew I had overcome what I needed to in order to reach the position in which I now stand. I'm so grateful for the experiences and relationships that have brought me to be the person I am today. Though some of you are fully aware, most others have no idea how much your friendship and encouragement have meant to me. Honestly, thank you. Thank you for your kind understanding and support. Thank you for bringing me near the summit of a mountain I have long struggled to climb. My red hair is a flag, symbolic of my conquering that mountain and at last, I can be proud to show it off. And that is reason enough to celebrate. #redhairdontcare
What was the greatest change you've been through so far? Share below in the comments!
PS. I know these photos aren't the best, but this was a last minute, ill-equipped, late night, basement photoshoot. Spare me, please haha. Also, any questions please ask!