Going Purple

If you would have asked me a month ago, or even a week ago, I would have said that my skin is too dark to have light hair. In the past, I’ve felt self-conscious about having my hair color be different from my natural shade. The contrast is too much. It doesn’t suit me.

But let me tell you guys something: I was dead wrong. I dyed my hair this week, and I absolutely love it. I’ve shocked even myself.

It’s weird, because I’m typically not a dyed hair kind of girl. I like my locks — the curls, the texture and color. I have no idea what even got into me. I had an appointment with my stylist and I woke up with the crazy notion that I was going to go purple. Yes, purple! I didn’t think about the week before, toy with the idea or waffle back and forth. I didn’t ask friends or look up photos for inspiration. I just jumped in with both feet. Half-way through the session I began to panic. I’m going to be honest here: I had buyer’s remorse. I asked myself “Seriously, what were you thinking?”

Purple Love

Before turning me around to see the vividness of my new ‘do, the stylist gave me a mini pep talk. But when I saw the final product, I was stunned. I love it, and I’m even a little surprised that I do. The fact that I like it so much tells me that I’m more comfortable in my skin than I’ve ever been. I realize now that I had a prejudice against my own skin tone, and I’m starting to let go of some of that. To not only turn around and see bright purple hair, but to love it is a testament to how far I’ve come as a person and how much I’ve grown in my own skin. My hair matches my personality. It’s bright, loud, fun-loving and unapologetic! 

Remember when I said my skin was “too dark” for light hair?  That’s ridiculous. There are no rules for who can have light hair or dark hair. There’s only one you, and there’s no wrong way to be yourself. I have to remind myself of this sometimes, even though I believe it with all of my heart. I wish everyone had purple hair. I wish everyone loved themselves and the things that make them different. And I wish all women could break out of their shells and say, you know what? I’m perfect just as I am, whether my hair is purple or brown or whether I have blue eyes, brown eyes or cat eyes. This is me.

Be You!

I always say that there’s no wrong way to be yourself and today I’m not just saying it — I’m living it. Who knew that a hair appointment would make me feel so empowered? What are you waiting for? Get out there and do you, because no one else will. Get you some!

Sofi Seck Photography

Stay Fierce, my friends.