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