Love is in the hair at CMS College, Kottayam

(From L) Fiza Sabeed, Gireesh AV, and Namitha S. Photo: Abbiel Eldho Ittoop/CMS College

Nothing matters more than a good hair on any day! Though it does not make any sense, there has always been an unsaid notion that everything goes well on a good hair day, especially for girls.

A group of students from CMS College in Kottayam speaks to Onmanorama all about hair, their favourite trends and the 'strange' views that they have heard about it.

(From L) Nidhi S Nair, Axa Maria Roby, Shimily Mathew and Maria Susan Roy. Photo: Abbiel Eldho Ittoop/CMS College

Shimily Mathew, a third-year student of Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Taxation), described hair to be the best accessory for a person, irrespective of their gender. “I studied in a school where we had a lot of restrictions over our appearances. However, CMS changed it all and gave me the best possible space to try out new trends and looks,” she said.

“Teachers love our styles and we all do have long conversations about them,” quipped Shimily. She admitted that earlier she did not know how to maintain or style her curly hair. “Thanks to YouTube and other social media platforms, I got a knack on maintaining my natural curls and ideas on the styles that suit my hair, without causing much damage to it,” she said.

A group of students from CMS College, Kottayam. Photo: Abbiel Eldho Ittoop/CMS College

“Good hair or trying new styles on it gives me a fresh outlook about myself and a rush of confidence,” said Maria Susan Roy, who is pursuing graduation in Communicative English. All she wanted was a 'new me' thing on her birthday and a hair salon gave her one. “Unlike other campuses that my friends speak of, CMS does not impose any restrictions. This is our second home and it has given us a chance to be ourselves,” she said.

(From L) Austin Joseph, Sulekha S, Naviya Vijayan. Photo: Abbiel Eldho Ittoop/CMS College

“Textured hair is my favourite hair trend,” Maria revealed, while noting that she has often heard people terming girls who keep short hair as those with loose morals.

Axa Maria Roby of the Department of Vocational Studies (Travel, Tourism and Logistics Management) opined that a good haircut or style can change one's entire appearance. “It is not about looking beautiful, but having a fresh yet good feeling about ourselves. One of the hair trends that I love the most is short hair with fringes. I love the idea of colouring the tips or inner part of my hair,” she said.

(From L) Navami Venugopal, Adhithyan MS, and Shiyara TS. Photo: Abbiel Eldho Ittoop/CMS College

Axa also recalled how she came to value hair. “My grandmother terms hair as a sacred and important feature of a woman. When I was a child she used to comment that nobody would marry or look at my face if I did not have good and long hair.” “It took me sometime to understand that it was all about my perspective and comfort. I am a bit skeptical about cutting fringes, but someday I would,” said Axa, with a laugh.

A group of students from CMS College, Kottayam. Photo: Abbiel Eldho Ittoop/CMS College

Another Communicative English student, Nidhi S Nair mentioned that new hair trends on various social media platforms inspire and fascinate her. Like the others, Nidhi also emphasized that CMS is a safe as well as non-judgmental space for its students.

“I have heard numerous concepts about hair, however, it is one's personal choice and people should respect others' boundaries,” she said. Speaking of a hair trend that she would love to try, Nidhi showed a picture of a model who adorned a wolf cut.

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