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I’ve been trying to grow my hair from shoulder length to as-long-as-I-can-get-it for about 8 years now. It has taken me a long time because I get bored with my hair. Just before Christmas I decided to make the cut from my long black hair to a short bob inspired by Beyonce, Karlie Kloss, and Emma Watson. Celebrities seem to cut their long hair so why can’t I?

I thought about it for months. Even consulting my hairdresser who tried to shy me a way from the idea since my hair is pretty course and thick, saying that it would be too hard to maintain. Luckily, a student from the hair program at John Casablancas Institute approached my Fashion Business class asking for volunteers for a free haircut which would go into his portfolio and be featured at his hair show in the new year. The look they were going for…a bob. Without thinking I raised my hand, we exchanged numbers and the next day I was seated in his chair.

With my hair tied back into a ponytail, the hair students gathered round and took videos of my long lustrous locks being cut off and quickly put into a zip lock bag to be donated. I felt a sense of relief and weight off my shoulders. Four hours later I was walking out with my new hair, a new person with a new attitude. I wasn’t sad with the change, I was happy. I guess I wasn’t as attached to my hair as I thought and Kevin Chiang, the JCI hair student, did an amazing job.

I have had nothing but compliments from my fellow classmates, friends, coworkers, and family. Now I’m wondering why I didn’t do it sooner. I guess it was because you see so many beautiful women who have long hair and so many shampoo commercials about taming your long hair. But you know what? You don’t have to have long hair to be beautiful.

Naomi Lai, JCI Fashion Student

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