Straight hair talk

Are you taken more se­ri­ously with smooth hair? di­rec­tor, re­thinks her go-to un­done style cre­ative

The Kit - - THEKITCA -

Jessica Hotson, man­ag­ing a stream of vis­ual ideas. My iden­tity as a cre­ative per­son be­came tied to my freeflow­ing hair; it was a way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the world around me. But now that I’ve reached a se­nior level, should I be reach­ing for a blow-dryer?

Re­cently, I went to the sa­lon for high­lights and my stylist straight­ened my hair to see how the colour turned out. Af­ter­ward, I met some friends for din­ner and one of them said she found her­self tak­ing me more se­ri­ously with my newly straight hair—that my opin­ions seemed stronger and more trust­wor­thy. I coined it “straight hair talk” with a flip of my do. She was just teas­ing me. Right?

When a photo shoot for work came up, I de­cided to play it straight. The woman look­ing back at me in the mir­ror was pol­ished and pro­fes­sional; she com­manded au­thor­ity, but her free spirit was nowhere to be seen. Re­gard­less of how oth­ers per­ceive my waves, I need to trust my in­stincts to do my job. So I’m go­ing to keep tak­ing my morn­ing meet­ings with damp hair, in the hope I’m taken se­ri­ously for my ca­pa­bil­i­ties rather than my weekly blowouts. I think Angela Chase would be proud.

HAIR AND MAKEUP: WENDY RORONG FOR PLUTINO GROUP/MOROCCANOIL/NARS

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