No one will take you seriously with purple hair..
I remember when I first dyed my hair candy floss pink. I did it because I wanted to. Yes the colour was permanent, yes the choice was bold but it could be changed at a later date if I chose to do so. It was a way for me to express my love of colour and I’ve always wanted to push the boundaries somewhat with my fashion and beauty choices. A lot of people loved the look and I actually felt just as many people thought I was crazy for colouring my blonde locks Barbie pink. When Inthefrow popped into existence I already had pink hair, soon to be purple and had I heeded other people’s advice I’m not sure I would even be where I am right now. My coloured hair quickly became my trademark and even now so many people tell me they followed me because of it. I for one am glad I never took that advice and allowed someone to stifle my self expression and creativity.
You can't trust anyone..
I feel like this is one of those cynical pieces of advice that people offer after perhaps a heartbreak or a betrayal. At the time you smile and nod through your tears and kindly agree, when in fact what you want to say is 'Jeez can we be a bit more optimistic please?'. I see the best in people, in anyone. It may well be my downfall in some cases but I have always been raised to see the best in someone and not make them jump through hoops to gain my trust. Yes some people may prove you wrong but hopefully the majority of those in your life will prove you 100% correct. You may well have to be a little more careful from time to time but so long as you use a combination of both your head and your heart, I find you can often know which people deserve to be part of your life and vice versa. You can trust people and actually; it's a wonderful feeling when you do.
Just cheer up..
Possibly the most frustrating piece of advice I’ve ever been given and something that’s said to me on a regular basis. I know that the meaning behind the words is to offer a little smile in perhaps your lowest moments but we are so often told to ‘get on with it’, ‘ get over it’ or ‘cheer up’ that we sometimes forget it’s okay to not be okay. We aren’t perfect. We are all too often encouraged to just get over that sadness and anger we feel rather than working out the reasons behind it and for me I know I do so much better to deal with why I feel that way, rather than just ignore it. In future before someone tells me to cheer up I would love to hear them say, ‘It’s okay to be sad’; because it is. I know that not ‘cheering up’ and actually dealing with my emotions has always been beneficial to my mindset and those around me.
Don’t get a tattoo..
The simple answer to this piece of advice is ‘it’s my body’. The tattoos I have had designed and inked onto me over the past few years all have meanings behind them. I love every single one of them and haven’t yet ruled out adding more to my collection. Tattoos are a very personal, creative way to express yourself and just as I love mine, I’m okay that others may not. I have friends who barely have any space left for more and I have friends who have never had a single one and probably never will. Each to their own. My tattoos offer me comfort, offer me strength and express my creativity. They are not new additions to my body and I have carved my career because of/despite them and continue to work with brands (both luxury and high street) while sporting them. We have one life and one body to live it with. So long as you are happy, healthy and know the risks behind being tattooed, (some careers may not allow visible tattoos) then that choice is yours alone.
I thought this might be a nice twist on the usual type of advice posts out there, having a look back on the pieces of advice I’m glad I didn’t take. Are there any words that have stuck with you that you also didn’t take? I’d love to hear if there are or if you’ve been offered the same advice as me over the years.