Emeli Sande used to feel like she couldn’t change up her signature quiff hairstyle because she thought it was an important part of her identity.
The Read All About It hitmaker rose to fame in 2011, when she sported her trademark signature quiff, with her hair shaved at the sides, and by 2016, she wanted to grow it out but didn’t have the confidence to do it.
“I decided to dye it again because I thought people wouldn’t recognise me, or like me, if I didn’t have the quiff,” she recalled to Stylist magazine. “That seems so sad now because it was just a hairstyle, but I thought it was a big part of who I was.”
However, the decision was taken out of her hands when the dye was left on too long during a trip to a London salon that year.
“My hair started flying off… I was looking in the mirror thinking, ‘Oh s**t.’ But at the same time, I thought, ‘Maybe this is a lesson. Your hair – you – can’t take this anymore. Something has to change.’ I cut it all off and started again,” Emeli added.
After taking a break from the music industry, the 32-year-old is back and sporting a new look – soft, honey-coloured curls – and she feels more like herself than ever.
“I felt like I didn’t want to damage my hair to try and create this image of someone who isn’t actually the entire, authentic me,” she continued. “The more I grew my hair, the more I felt like myself. My quiff was a great look for the time, but you get trapped. I’ve been on a journey of self-identity, learning what it means to be a mixed-race woman. This is the authentic me.”