I’ve always thought Andrea Lawful was a pretty daring woman. She says what she thinks and I love that about her.
Now she insists I Dare Me has inspired her latest dare…well, a HAIR DARE.
Here’s the BEFORE…Read on for the AFTER…in Andrea’s own words.
For a few years now, I have been a part of this group called Damsels In Success and within the nucleus of these dynamic women, sat LuAnn Cahn who I just found to be sweet, gracious and an avid seeker of truth.
When LuAnn informed us that she was writing “I Dare Me” she inadvertently propelled me into action. You see, while I have never been known to be shy or reserved, there were a few things I wanted to do but had been putting off for fear of how others may react. The biggest one was my hair.
Women in general have such issues with hair but a black woman, comes with an extra dose of special. We have over the decades, tried all kinds of things with our tresses to keep it manageable but also to remain “cute.”
My hair, was the holy grail of braids. It was my signature look for at least 20 years and while I was beginning to feel frustrated with sitting in a chair for 11 hours ( you read right) every 8 weeks, I was still concerned about cutting it all off, given the amount of reports we see on women who lost jobs because they had ” natural” hair and it was viewed as less than desirable.
When “I Dare Me” was published and I read all that LuAnn had endured and what precipitated her journey to this point, I KNEW I had to face my fear and my hair.
So, with my heart in my hands, I had the braids removed and my hair cut ten days ago. With trepidation, I posted the new look on my Facebook page and the response has been nothing short of staggering! People loved it!
Added to all of that, were those who messaged me to say I gave them the encouragement they needed to do the same!
In short order, I cannot fully recall why I had such horrible angst for years and I am so glad I Dared Me to do what ultimately became one of my best moves ever.
Next stop; getting in a fighter jet. Yes. This is just the beginning. Life is too short to worry and wonder. Just do it.
Thank you Lu Ann!!