Fads travel through pop culture like wildfire. Love it or hate it, once it has caught the attention of the fashionistas among us, you start to see the same hairstyles in every street corner and in every walk of life. From the 17 year old no hoper to the executive types being chauffeured to work.
I mean, think about the Rihanna short hair do of 2010? How about the Posh Spice angled bob of 2007. And don’t even get me started on the infamous Jennifer Aniston one from the 90’s. Every woman either had one of those cuts or knew someone who did! Talk about an unispiring time to be a hairdresser. My stylist was doing these conveyor belt style sending out one woman after another onto the streets looking like bad clones of Rihanna. The stylist looked miserable but at least she sent these women out smiling!
When you initially see a unique hairstyle, it is very tempting to go run to your hairdresser and demand the style on your own locks. I get that. But put on the brakes for a minute. Will doing so make you a chic fashionista or will you look like a desparate copycat with no imagination? In fact, is it ever ok to follow a fad?
Let’s first look at why you would want the style. Wanting the style because some actor or singer has it is not a great reason. Simply liking it is not a good enough reason either. Everyone likes it, that’s why it’s a fad!
Before you allow a stylist brandishing scissors anywhere near your head, you should consider first if the style is likely to suit you. Do you have a similar shape of face? A short severe cut when you have a naturally square jaw is not very attractive. Do you have similar personalities? If you are the shy retiring type, then a bright red weave* is just plain wrong.
A hairstyle should be a reflection of who you are and not who you aspire to be. Be honest with yourself, you can have Beyonce’s cut but you will never look like nor be her. Rather than trying to emulate her every fashion move, appreciate her for who she is while expressing yourself in your own way. If you find that a mohawk hairstyle is what reflects your personality best then knock yourself out. If you prefer cutesy haircuts with bangs, so be it.
Mary J is still blonde, Rhianna has gone red so should you go purple? Maybe, but maybe you should do something even more unique. Be yourself, hey you never know, your frizzy 3 week old cornrows could be the next fad!
Originally posted 2012-03-31 19:00:08.