by Shelly Nyo
Although there is no one standard of beauty, look at enough fashion magazines and you will come away thinking that there are all sorts of things wrong with yourself. “My face is too narrow,” “My eyes are too big,” “My thighs are too large!” “My hair is too short”… for some of us, we’ve even made the statement “My hair is bad”… the list goes on! Truth be told, we are all artists, and sometimes, for those features that we feel make us so different, gaining confidence, gratitude, and boldness in possessing them is a matter of perspective.
The key, in our opinion, is to gain a healthy, loving, and accepting view of yourself — just as you are. Be thankful for you. Make a point to be especially thankful for what makes you different. Do this even if being thankful doesn’t come naturally. And then make the “Hairnastic” choice to treat the thing that makes you different as a distinguished guest on the stage of your life. You get to “wine it” and “dine it” as you please.
What does this mean? Let’s bring it back to an example in the realm of hair. If you feel that your hair is too short, a great challenge might be to find ways to wear it that highlight its shortness, or curliness, or thickness, etc. These are all personal choices to make as to whether or not you’ll play up those things that make you different. But one thing is often true in our world: what you consider to be a natural faux pas that makes you different may just be something that someone else is praying to have.
Check out our image gallery below for how some hair artists have been “playing up” their natural features and be inspired!
Wearing natural 3a-4c hair
Vibrant Color + Cut
Playing Up Short/Big Hair with Brightly Colored Earrings
Highlights + Aesthetic Addition
Have you been in situations where something about you was different, and your natural instinct was to cover it up? Since Hairnastics loves art and hair, how did you overcome your fear by “playing up” your difference and what was the result?
For those of us who perhaps see the type of hair that we have as a limitation, but would still like to be creative, check out this TED talk by a visual artist who had a diverse ability — and used this difference to create some awesome works of art. The talk is entitled “Embrace the Shake.“
Disclaimer: The blog published by Shelly Nyo is available for informational purposes only and is not considered official advice on any subject matter.