Hallelujah i adore it
samson claimed his strength was intertwined with his hair.
it's crystal gayle.
hair this long is utterly unappealing to me. so i am not condoning or promoting this look. but what of over-the-top exhibitions of personal style?
an acquaintance recently had a dramatic chop from a mass of big wavy/curly hair to a short, tailored cut. her look is utterly different now. she looks terrific, actually, but totally different. very...visible.
i've always loved (borderline coveted) tracee ellis ross's hair (pictured here). she looks as wonderful with it pulled back as she does when it's loose and wild. i've seen it relaxed but still full of body, and it is still beautiful. however i have also seen it straightened/flat (it may have been a wig) and it did not suit her. but i digress. her hair is her signature. it's big and wonderful.
the woman i know who recently went from big hair to short hair looks like a new person.
when i chopped off my hair last year, people responded strongly, (and quite favorably), so perhaps it had a similar effect. i got bored with it so i'm letting it grow again (only to chop it off again in a few years, i'm sure).
i feel that if ms. ross cut off her hair, it would be a loss, a reduction, some how.
i love big baggy pants, like cargoes. i like them to fit me well in the waist, make no mistake - i do not walk around in pants that hang off my hips, but i like the volume of them (not to mention the convenience of the pockets). am i concealing my body or expressing my taste? i favor tent-y dresses. a friend recently helped me recognize that it's not that i am attracted to a style that hides my shape - i am attracted to clothing that has its own independent shape. rather than a deflated dress that needs a body to "fill it out" i prefer clothing that has an independent identity - even if that identity is...a tent. i way too often hear "i would look pregnant in that" when i wear such. yeah, i guess i might look pregnant in it too, but i'm not, so what. it's the style that i like.
when is "big" beautiful (please, this is not about bodies, okay!?!), and when is it a cloak, concealing instead of revealing beauty/style/identity?
(title is from lyrics to the song "Hair")
(photo of ross by terry tsiolis)