Why I Cut My Hair

Why I Cut My Hair: @NiaTheLight

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I spent 7 years applying a thick white ointment to my curls to straighten them only to cut it all off at the fragile age of 11. From there, I embarked on a beautiful journey of love for my hair. I invested hours into perfecting my curls aspiring to grab the attention of everyone with my appearance before my presence. I bleached away at my curls to resemble a sunflower without recognizing I was slowly bleaching away at my soul. My relationship with my hair became less about self-love and more about validation. I couldn’t go out without my big hair, all my pictures had to have hair covering my face and ultimately, I became my hair. I became validated through likes and my confidence stemmed through the opinions of people.

People who I hadn’t met before. This is a thank you to my curls for allowing me to become the woman who I am today. For teaching me that beauty is not from the exterior. For opening an entirely new path for me to be able to be 20 years old and live my dreams effortlessly. But what I’ve learnt from this journey is, I am not my hair. I am a young, divine and intelligent woman who has a journey ahead of her with love, light, and strength.



I’ll be taking you on this journey with @Aerie. I am Nia. #NiaTheLight #DiscoverYourLight #AerieReal @NiaTheLight


A journalist who loves music, beauty, lifestyle, and entertainment. Daydreamer. Nocturnal. Beret wearer. SSU alumna. IG: @thejessicablakley

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