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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Why I Shaved My Head

It's only hair, right? 
That's what I was thinking about a month ago when I was wondering what to do about the fact that my hair has been thinning to the point where I was seeing more scalp after each brushing session.  And with each day that passed with more clumps of hair falling off, there was only one possible solution that was starting to, and this is the ironic part, grow on me. 

Why not just shave it all off?
It's only hair, right?

Now, anyone who knows me can attest that I've never been known to be conservative with my hair styles - I've run the gamut of subjecting my follicles to all manner of treatments and fads - see the collage below for my different dos from the past decade. I've had it shoulder length, Gwyneth short (I was seriously influenced by Sliding Doors,) waist length, in bobs, with bangs, without bangs, teased, crimped, permed (my infamous Erykah Badu phases of 2005 and 2009 were especially memorable,) in blowouts, ponytails, braids, beehive buns, colours, highlights, and slathered in oils, lotions, gels, and sprays.

A Hairy Journey from 2005 to 2015
Some of my hair decisions have been polarizing (again, I reference the afros) where they've been equally admired and reviled, so I doubt my decision to have a shorn head would have many standing in the middle ground either.  But I have to say once I made the decision to take it all off, I immediately felt super relieved; honestly, it was just one less thing to worry about.

I must admit that I was quite curious to see how it would turn out, and my only concern was that I didn't want anyone to think I did it because of any underlying chronic health reasons (there aren't any.)  There were, however, some intense philosophical conversations with friends about cranium shapes, the fact that skin blemishes can't be hidden anymore, neck rolls will be more prominent, new hair might resemble the wispy tuft of a baby orangutan, and other such deep aesthetic considerations.

But in the end, after all the locks were clipped and swept away,
I'm still me,
and
it is
only hair.
 
Photograph by Weng Ho

Photograph by Weng Ho


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