Reba McEntire’s pink hair has all the time been her signature — to the purpose that her staff as soon as weighed in on her styling choices.
In her new e-book, Not That Fancy, McEntire detailed the second she determined to chop off her then-long hair for a shorter look that ended above her chin. “My hair was so massive again in these days that my followers may acknowledge me simply from my silhouette,” she wrote. “However I didn’t simply get up like that. It took scorching rollers, extra scorching rollers, teasing, and sufficient hair spray to choke a horse.”
McEntire had needed to chop her tresses “for a very long time,” however the thought of chopping her signature locks made her staff “nervous.”
They in the end got here to a compromise: McEntire would minimize her hair, however the brand new model would grow to be a serious part of the advertising and marketing plan for her 1996 album, What If It’s You.
“I had really minimize my hair off in June, however the album didn’t launch till November, so I needed to put on a wig till we had been able to reveal the brand new look,” she recalled. “I lastly debuted my brief hair on the Nation Music Affiliation (CMA) Awards present, and it felt so good!”
McEntire went on to notice that What If It’s You — which spawned the hit singles “The Concern of Being Alone” and “How Was I to Know” — outsold her earlier modern albums and in the end went double platinum.
“So I suppose you may say it labored,” she joked. “A brand new model might look like a small factor, nevertheless it helped me really feel extra like myself, and I believe my followers preferred that. It simply goes to point out — belief your intestine and do what’s best for you. Everybody else will catch up.”
Whereas McEntire has tried a couple of wigs through the years, she was born with pink hair — and he or she’ll by no means lose her devotion to the colour. “I liked my pink hair,” she advised the Dallas Voice in 2015, recalling her days rising up in Oklahoma. “My mother was a redhead, so I felt she gave me her pink hair. I’ve all the time been very, very happy with it.”
McEntire’s mom, Jacqueline, died in March 2020 at age 93 after battling most cancers. Within the introduction to Not That Fancy, McEntire revealed that she didn’t wish to hold singing after dropping her mother.
“I simply didn’t have it in me,” she wrote. “You see, my mama, Jac, has all the time been my cause for singing. Singing was her dream lengthy earlier than it was mine, and I’ve all the time achieved it for her.”
After spending time with household through the coronavirus pandemic, although, McEntire discovered inspiration once more and determined to maintain performing. “My spark for singing is again stronger than ever,” she defined. “I’m nonetheless doing it for Mama.”
Not That Fancy: Easy Classes on Dwelling, Loving, Consuming, and Dusting Off Your Boots is accessible now wherever books are bought.