How 7 Women Found the Hair That Works for Them

Hair...it's complicated. But these seven women finally found their own styles—on their own terms. 

1

Michelle Gatton, 37

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"I started with a half-buzzed cut two years ago, and I kept going with it because it made me feel tough and confident. I'm beginning to go gray, but it doesn't bother me. I'm working toward a silver-fox status."


2

Keisha Holness, 30

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"I grew up in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, and was inspired by my mom's styles. Now I switch up my hair every few months. I think with hair, you should step out of the box. I take down my braids as soon as I get home, and I put them up every morning. My hair is fresh and funky—and it makes me extremely happy."


3

Cansu Bozic, 37

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"I lost my hair when I was younger, and it grew back patchy, so I started wearing wigs. Whenever I get a new one, it takes a few wears for it to feel natural. I get a new one every three to four months. I love that I can just put it on and go."



4

Shannon O'Neill, 29

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"When I was in school, I had to wear a uniform. My hair was the only way I could express myself, so I changed the color. It was what made me feel different. I wash it every three days with Tressa Watercolors Shampoo. I put 100 percent argan oil on the ends, then put it up into a scrunchie to create waves."


5

Darling Chuck, 31

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"I dyed my hair gray when I turned 30, and it was as if a light switch went off. People told me I looked like an ethereal unicorn or Storm from X-Men—it's out of the ordinary. It makes me feel like the woman I'm supposed to be and helped me move into the next phase of my life."


6

Cleo Lamothe, 29

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"I have a lot of hair, and I haven't always been comfortable with it. My hair is a symbol of fostered discipline: weekly touch-ups to groom the sides and retwisting my locs with my partner's help. I want to be an example to young girls. You should be able to present yourself however you want and still be successful."



7

Taylor Ballantyne, 26

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"I think of my hair as an accessory—it's something that I can play with. I let my roots grow in because I like the contrast between the dark and the light. My hair has a mind of its own and cannot be tamed, so I just let it be. I shower and go."