Actress's Explanation For Cutting Off Her Long Hair Is Beyond Beautiful

The "Nashville" star opens up about her haircut.

Australian actress and singer Clare Bowen has traded her long blond hair for a short, just as blond, bob, but she isn't jumping on the "short hair, don't care" bandwagon. She actually cares very much about her new hair cut and for a beautiful reason. 

On Thursday, the Nashville star took to her Facebook page to share a photo with her new do, but the image included the text "It's Just Hair." In her post, she explained she had been diagnosed with end-stage nephroblastoma as a child. She and the other kids at the hospital, or what her grandfather nicknamed the "White Palace," all looked the same, shaved heads and bandages included. 

But after beating the cancer and growing her hair back, she discovered how much emphasis society puts on outward looks, something she wasn't OK with. 

She explained:

I look relatively normal on the outside, but on the inside, I am still the same stitched back together little creature, in a world where people are judged so harshly for the way they look. It has always been completely incomprehensible to me. How can people think there's time for that? 

I was really inspired when I heard a story about a little girl who said she couldn't be a princess because she didn't have long hair, and I wanted her, and others like her to know that's not what makes a princess, or a warrior, or a superhero. It's not what makes you beautiful either.

"It's your insides that count … even if you happen to be missing half of them."

And with permission from her network, ABC, she chopped her hair. 

"Look deeper than skin, hair, nails, and lips. You are who you are in your bones. That is where you have the potential to shine the brightest from. It is where your true beautiful self lives," she wrote.

Her post has been shared more than 210,000 times, and among those sharers is 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. She thanked Bowen for sharing her story, and for being a role model for both girls and boys. 

Bowen ended her post strong:

"Self-esteem takes a lot longer to grow back than hair."

Indeed. 

(H/T: The Optimist)