Remember when Sinead O’Connor shaved her head and it was controversial? Or when Mia Farrow cut her hair (really short for the time) during the filming of Rosemary’s Baby and they used it in the film which, to me, made the movie even more disturbing. There are many religions where women aren’t allowed to cut their hair or show their hair. My own mother feels that a certain point in a woman’s life (I’m not sure exactly when it is) she should no longer have long hair.
There’s something powerful about women’s hair. So many issues of control seem to surround it. Covering it up, cutting it, putting it up, letting it down.
Today when I was meditating I saw a woman cutting her own hair, holding up the shears in frustration and as solution. There was an element of magic to it,transformation in the sacrifice. And an element of control in her decision to do as she pleased with her own body.
This didn’t come out exactly the way I wanted it to. Her expression is a bit more bleak than I planned, and I’m thinking it might work better without the reflection in the mirror, just a blank mirror. I may try it again tomorrow and see what happens.