BGLH: Why did you decide to shave off a third of your hair?
Gina: i’m a very impulsive person! sometimes too much so! a while back i wanted to completely shave my hair off but everyone said no. this is kind of a compromise.
BGLH: Was it hard to let go of the hair?
Gina: not really. once i decide to do something i pretty much go with it! i’ve still got most of my hair and i’m still focused on growing it out healthy and strong. however i did keep the shaved off piece of hair as a memento.
BGLH: How long have you been natural?
Gina: i’ve been natural now for 17 months
BGLH: What field do you work in? Are your employers okay with the style?
Gina: i manage for a high end hair salon in london. it’s an eco brand that works with natural products. i can get away with my hair there as it is a creative place plus one of my staff did create the style. but i personally feel i have to pin my hair up and i have noticed i’m wearing my girly clothes so as not to come across hardcore and scary. i’ve been told it looks high fashion rather than high shock and i guess it’s just the way you carry yourself (i don’t snarl or growl at clients).
i have had an array of comments from i look like a dj to i look like a lesbian. the look is not for everyone but it’s definitely for me.
BGLH: How do you plan to style it now?
Gina: i’ve been using bobby pins to style my hair in a kind of retro up do for work and just letting it do its own thing. the shaved part is quite a statement and is a style in itself.
BGLH: What does the new style say about you?
Gina: this style suites my style, i’m really into indie, punk and vintage rock, but on the other hand i love neo soul and hip hop. i have a dual character so it kind of figures that i’d have dual hair. i’m an artist trapped in a 9–5 job so i have to find ways to be creative. if i could take the pain i’m sure i’d be covered in tatoo’s and piercings so to me my hair is just another part of my creative outlet.
BGLH: How long had you been thinking about shaving your hair?
Gina: i’ve been eyeing up the style for a few months now, i’m really inspired by kesh. she is so creative and embodies all things unique. she has a british quirkyness that only us brits can pull off.