Most people think of a stereotypical Latina as someone with big lips, huge brown eyes, and long, flowy hair. While that look is gorgeous, that is something I, as a half Colombian/Ecuadorian woman, do not identify with. I’ve always loved having short hair. My family always gasped and even cried when I cut my hair, but eventually, they realized I am more than my hair.
Here’s how dramatic some of our Latino families are when they see you chop your hair off…
Before going short, I had to mentally prepare myself for this major chop.
Really, this was a pep talk build strength to face my family.
I admit, sometimes I had immediate regrets because I knew I was going against what “Latinas should look like” according to stereotypes.
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Plus, watching your hair tumble down onto the floor isn’t always easy.
But that regret didn’t last very long.
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Look at me, carefree Latina girl with short hair. Who would’ve thought?
I was working my short hair, but now I had to face my parents.
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God, please help me.
While some people understood my style and accepted it, some didn’t quite get it.
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Like my mom. I got hit with the “Why!? You had such beautiful, long hair!!”
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Alright, I get it.
And “Well, it’ll grow back fast, gracias a Dios.”
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Yeah, thank baby Jesus because what would I do for the rest of my life with short hair, right? ?
Chismosos assumed I was going through something when I went short.
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I actually was just tired of my frizz and hot hair on my head all summer. But, okay, aren’t we all a little emo and want a change sometimes??
Next, I had to get approval from the final boss: abuelita.
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She is notoriously not very accepting of change.
She didn’t hide the disapproval on her face.
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Do abuelas ever hold back on anything?
But eventually, she told me I was linda no matter what.
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Even if short hair pretty much meant I was BALD. Her words, not mine.
In the end, I appreciate anyone that accepts long hair, short hair, or even no hair.
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Because the length of my hair doesn’t determine how “Latina” I am.
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??It’s ?? just ?? hair. ??
I wonder when I should tell them that I want a pixie cut next?
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I’ll give them some time for that one.