We (Sally + Mira) talk a lot about hair. Hair has been both a prison and a means to empowerment for women since the beginning of time. A year and a half ago, I abandoned my highlighted blonde Carrie Bradshaw hair for blue locks. I was inspired to dye it by a painting in Sally’s home by a young artist named Isabel Rower and the Turkish blue couch of a friend.

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My blue hair helps me remind people that motherhood doesn’t fit a singular mold. My blue hair reminds me to stay true to my values and my aesthetic. My blue hair helps me feel beautiful.

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Hair is a means of communication. It can say whatever you want, including you have better more important things to do than obsess over your hair. Since my first loud-shouting turquoise, my hair has mellowed into other ways of blue, as I change and grow.

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Solange sings, “Don’t touch my hair” in a slow sexy anthem protecting her crown. The video is awe inducing, as are the lyrics, below. (Video link here.)

Do whatever you want to your hair. If your hair doesn’t feel true to who you are — like my highlighted blond hair didn’t — dye it your favorite color. If coloring your hair is exhausting, grow out your natural color like Sally is.

Sally Schneider
Sally Schneider

If your hair feels like a prison, shave it off, as Cate Blanchett did.  “Shaving off my hair is so liberating. I had to do it once for a film role, but I’ve done it periodically too.”

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Taking ownership of your hair will help you take ownership of you.

 

Don’t touch my hair
When it’s the feelings I wear
Don’t touch my soul
When it’s the rhythm I know
Don’t touch my crown
They say the vision I’ve found
Don’t touch what’s there
When it’s the feelings I wear

They don’t understand
What it means to me
Where we chose to go
Where we’ve been to know
They don’t understand
What it means to me
Where we chose to go
Where we’ve been to know

You know this hair is my shit
Rode the ride, I gave it time
But this here is mine
You know this hair is my shit
Rode the ride, I gave it time
But this here is mine

 

Mira Keras
Mira Keras

—Mira Keras

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3 replies on “Why You Should Do Whatever You Want to Your Hair (Mira Keras + Solonge)

  1. Good for you, Sally! I took the plunge and went natural a few years and love the two extra hours every month that I had by doing so. Plus, going natural is liberating, too, w/o the shaving of the head. Your hair looks great, may I add?

  2. LOVE this post. Particularly stirring, since I’ve recently changed my hair style after 20 years and the way in which it has liberated me.

  3. Immediately reminded me of the Native American hair traditions , as well as those of India, including significance of care ( from which one can learn a lot) and rituals.

    Talking about color, well i decided long ago to not change it and also let it grow, as a statement.
    Turned out to be just right.

    So much beauty here,
    thanks for sharing .

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