Beyoncé Recalls “Liberating” Choice To Cut Off Her Hair After Becoming A Mom

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Beyoncé is opening up about her hair journey in a recent rare interview where she explains how deeply personal her hair is to where she is in life.

In a feature for Essence, which included a full spread of photos with her mother, Tina Knowles, and two daughters Blue Ivy and Rumi, Beyoncé talked about her haircare line, Cécred, which will be available starting February 20.

The interview focuses mostly on Beyoncé’s hair journey — starting all the way back to her childhood, when she spent time in the hair salon her mom worked in as a hairdresser. The musician said when she looks back, going to a salon was “more than just a hair appointment—it was therapy.”

“I worked in her salon, sweeping the floors and helping out where I could,” Beyoncé said. “I used to eavesdrop and listen in on their conversations intently. It was a sacred space for these women.”

As for her own hair, the interviewer asked about the time in 2013 when Beyoncé boldly chopped off all of her signature long blonde hair into a pixie cut after giving birth to Blue Ivy the year prior. Recalling that time in her life, Beyoncé said she loves “how we associate a certain hairstyle with moments in our lives, like that short-hair moment.”

“I remember the day I decided to just cut all my hair off,” she said. “I didn’t have a particular style in mind. It wasn’t an aesthetic choice, but it was a very big emotional transformation and metamorphosis that I was going through.”

Beyoncé continued: “So much of my identity as a performer has been connected to flowing hair. Cutting my hair off was me rebelling against being this woman that society thinks I’m supposed to be. I was a new mother, and something about the liberation of becoming a mother made me want to just shed all of that. It was a physical representation of me shedding the expectations put upon me. I just wanted it off.”

Not only did the decision mark a change in her look and aesthetic, Beyoncé credits that moment to becoming “super brave.”

“It was the first step to many more audacious decisions I made in my life and my career that have led to who I am now,” she said.

Beyoncé’s signature long honey-blonde hair has been part of her look for decades. While she’s worn it in various styles over the years, she recently changed up the color while promoting Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé — dying it an icy bleach blonde. She’s continued to rock the hair in photos for her forthcoming country album, Act II.

“I have many beautiful memories attached to my hair,” Beyoncé continued. “The relationship we have with our hair is such a deeply personal journey.”

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