Thursday, July 5, 2012
Inspiration :: Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo is one of my favorite artists. I remember seeing the painting Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair at the MoMa a few years ago and completely falling in love with it. In the painting, she is wearing her ex-husband’s suit and her freshly-cut hair is scattered on the floor around her. The text above her says: "Look, if I loved you it was because of your hair. Now that you are without hair, I don't love you anymore." You can read more about it here.
I'm not sure if she actually cut her hair off after divorcing Diego Rivera (they later remarried), but I feel like that is something many women can relate to. I can't even begin to count the number of times I had clients sit in my chair at the salon and say they had just gone through a big change in their lives and felt like they needed a new haircut to go along with it. It's a way to start fresh, to have a new beginning and be a new person. I love that even though hair is just hair, it can also be such a powerful part of one’s identity.
I cut my hair into a pixie shortly after starting my job at the Bumble and Bumble flagship salon in New York. It was definitely a new beginning in my life and my new haircut made it feel official. Have any of you ever cut your hair after a big change in your life?