Trying to Feel Feminine with Short Hair

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By Emily Garza
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Most of my life, I had long hair. Hair that could be styled differently every day and can take forever to dry after a shower. The longest my hair has ever been was either in middle school or my sophomore year in high school, where it was to my lower back.

The length of my hair in my sophomore year in high school. Image by Emily Garza.

Last summer, I decided to chop my hair off. I had done it before, but only to my shoulders. This time, I decided on getting a pixie cut. I had never had this type of hair style before in my life, so it was a different thing for me.

I don’t know why I decided to just chop it all off. Maybe it was because I was about to start college, or maybe because I just wanted something different.

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The first day I had short hair. Image by Emily Garza.

At first, I liked the cut. It was different, and that’s what I wanted. However, other people didn’t like it, which affected me. I was realizing how I didn’t know how to style my hair anymore. I can’t curl it, I can’t put it in a ponytail, and I can’t braid it. What do I do? I don’t feel feminine enough with this hair. I feel ugly.

After waiting a while for my hair to grow a bit, I was able to curl my hair with a 1/8 inch hair curler. Even with that, it wasn’t enough for me. It came to a point of not caring anymore. I just wanted my hair to not look like a mess.

Instead of just messing with my hair, I would do more with my makeup and accessories. I started to wear earrings every day, wear multiple necklaces, and focused more on my makeup. It was all about face and I couldn’t hide anything.

It was a challenge for me, and honestly, what really helped me were beanies. You can hide any bad hair day you’re having with beanies.

Currently, my hair is starting to get longer. I can put it in both a high and low ponytail, I can braid my hair, and I can now start using my one-inch curler. However, my habits of accessorizing a good amount have not died down. I love having earrings on and I love wearing my favorite chockers on a daily basis.

It took me months to feel feminine with short hair, but I did the best I could do. Now I feel comfortable with my hair again.

Featured image by Emily Garza.

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  1. willowdot21 on March 27, 2020

    I am glad that you are happy with your hair now. I have had long hair and short hair, I love my short hair it’s much easier to cope with. 💜💜💜💜

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