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The Stigma Against Short Hair For Latinas Still Causes Them To Panic When I Cut A Few Inches

06/28/17 Daniela Cabrera

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.

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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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Alright…

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.

READ: She Refused To Accept How Society Viewed Her Hair So She Did Something About It

Did your friends or family ever freak out when you cut your hair super short? Are you afraid to do the chop? Let us know your struggle!

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