Choosing to Challenge: Beyond Hair Inspiration…hair growth to celebrate uniqueness
This International Women’s Day, at Hair Divine we want to celebrate iconic women! Strong, inspirational women who #choosetochallenge through their actions, and their hairstyles…
Women are so much more than their hair, but so many of us express ourselves through our hairstyles. So we have selected some of our favourite female leaders to inspire us this International Women’s Day.
The US National Youth Poet Laureate, at just 22 years old, struck us all with her talent, strength and style at the presidential inauguration earlier this year. Amanda Gorman’s brilliant poetry, activism and stunning hairstyles are an inspiration.
For gorgeous, glowing super-long hair, no one can beat Cher! Whilst over the years “The Goddess of Pop” has had many an iconic hairstyle, including amazing curls and a mullet, perhaps her most famous style is never-ending, super-straight and shining black.
Billie’s hair is just as unapologetically bold and original as her music. She has openly challenged many expectations about young women in the music industry and has been open about her struggles with mental health. In the last few years she has emerged as a talented individual unafraid to be herself. Striking slime green hair and fun space buns are two of her most recognised styles.
Grace Jones’ visual aesthetic is legendary and her unique style and thorny resilience have made her an influence for many. Her short, sculpted hairstyle gave her an iconic, androgenous appeal. From humble beginnings to super-stardom, she will always be known for her extremity and self-expression.
Diana, Princess of Wales’s, hairstyles defined 80’s style and her changing hair choices were eagerly copied by many. But she was a female leader in far more than her hairstyle. The ‘people’s princess’ worked tirelessly for many humanitarian causes to raise awareness for issues such as land mine removal, AIDS, cancer and mental illness.
A Jamaican nurse who, through her own initiative, provided care and nursing services for soldiers fighting in the Crimean War, Mary Seacole is often depicted with a practical classic Victorian hairstyle. She used her hair to help her in her work, in order to identify herself as a non-combatant to Russian soldiers, Mary Seacole wore brightly coloured clothes and ribbons in her hair.1
Long hair, green hair, natural hair, curly hair or no hair, whatever choice gives a woman the confidence to be herself should be celebrated. Sinead O’Connor, has been quoted as saying, “I don’t feel like me unless I have my hair shaved. So even when I’m an old lady, I’m going to have it.”2 Sinead is a forerunner for many other celebrities and women who have chosen to shave their heads, and despite negative comments and press was able to keep her confidence and stay true to her style.
Our hair means so much – not only is it a reflection of our identity but over the centuries it has also been a symbol of liberty and expression; a way for women to make bold statements about who they are and what they represent. Our hair contributes to our self-esteem, our actions and our motives, so we need to look after it!