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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."