Hair can make a powerful statement, and the hairstyle you choose can be a form of liberation and a journey you are embarking on as part of your personal process or healing journey. Most importantly it’s a way for you to express your individuality.

I have a different hairstyle every two months and each one has a particular purpose. I dyed my hair black for the first time in Grade 6. It was seen as completely unacceptable for my age at the time, but I felt beautiful and confident because I didn’t have to deal with dull dark-brown hair any more. Straight after my 18th birthday, I cut my hair shoulder length, and that highlighted a different type of freedom. It made me feel like a woman. Changing your hair has a particular power: if you’re looking for inspiration, here are 6 hairstyles that scream power:

1. The Shaved Head

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I’ve had my fair share of rocking a buzz cut. I was in a stage where I needed a drastic change to get rid of all the painful moments I endured between the age of 18-20. I needed to express how these difficult moments made me grow as a person. So before my 21st birthday I cut it all off, and I felt the most beautiful and powerful I have ever felt in my life. A woman with a shaved head is POWERFUL. Imagine how much courage it takes for someone to shave off all their hair? I bet if you had to ask any woman with a shaved head why they felt the need to do it, each will have a different story to share.

2. 1920s Inspired Short Hair

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1920s-inspired hair has made a huge comeback, and this style is historically important. Before the roaring twenties (also known as the flapper era), long hair was seen as the beauty standard in the western world. In the 1920s, women realised their power and strived for their own individuality. The flapper girls started a huge trend of women wearing shorter dresses and cutting their hair short. The style lives on as a reminder of the rebellious women of the 1920s.

[Honourable mention: Gabrielle Coco Chanel]

Before all the superstars of today, there was Gabrielle Coco Chanel. She was a style icon of the 1920s, and designed more comfortable clothing for women, introducing masculine, boxy silhouettes. She also popularised short hair and red lipstick – an iconic power look we still rely on today.

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3. The Afro

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The natural hair movement focuses on encouraging women to embrace the natural characteristics of their afro and curly hair textures. This movement is still gaining immense momentum. The power of natural hair is that it symbolises the psychological shift to appreciating our natural beauty that the world has ridiculed for centuries. My hair has now grown into a little afro and the growth process on its own is also a liberating one.

4. The Middle Path

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Who doesn’t love a good middle path? No matter what hair type you have, there’s a middle-path hairstyle for you! I love a sleek middle part with a beautifully made bun at the back – it sends a strong message that you mean business. I especially loved styling my long hair like this when it was not so fresh and clean.

 

5. Brightly Coloured Hair

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Besides people colouring their hair to hide grey hairs, there are 3 main reasons women choose to do this:

  1. It’s time for change: Change is inevitable and change is powerful. Changing your hair can mark a new chapter in your life.
  2. Your hair colour may not suit your personality: getting a hair colour that suits your character is a statement of individuality.
  3. Last but not least: It looks damn cool!

6. Braided Ponytail

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Hair slicked to the back with a long braid – a hairstyle that will forever turn heads! It’s not every day we wear our hair sleek to the back and when we do, it’s definitely for a purpose and to make a statement: there’s a reason this is the go-to hairdo of most female action heroes.

Any other powerful hairstyles you want to add to the ones mentioned here?