Back in July, Lena Waithe traded in her in signature locs for a curved etched fade that sent social media ablaze – and set lots of folks talking. But Lena remained unbothered, rocking her buzzed new look by Barber Doll the Slayer with all of her trademark confidence and swag.
While accepting the Shot Caller award at Black Girls Rock! 2018 she shared why she big chopped and brushing off any negative feedback.
“That’s the thing about cutting your hair off,” she said. “You can’t do it unless you are a place in your life when you don’t care what people have to say.”
She went on to explain that, to her, her lengthy locs symbolized something she was doing to make others happy.
“I was holding on to [them],” she explained. “I was holding on to a piece of myself that felt feminine. And that piece of femininity made people feel comfortable. I came to the realization that that’s not my job. I don’t have to make people feel comfortable with the way I choose to walk in the world, so I decided to get free. For me it was hair, for you it might be something else.”
Since chopping, the Emmy-award winning producer, actor and writer and her fade has been living her best life, including a starring role in Lebron James’ “Strongest” campaign.
And for those of us still holding on to things for all the wrong reasons, Lena says let it go.
“I want you to get free of your narrative. Stop letting it hold you captive. You might need to get free. Get free of the idea that we can’t go after our dreams because of how we look, where we come from, how we love and how old we are. we all have gifts.” But, she said, “You can’t live in your dream if you don’t go after it.”