I am going to wear my thoughts on my sleeve (so to speak) for this post…here goes.
We all have bad hair days and frustrations about our hair…always wanting what we don’t have or annoyed that we can’t achieve a certain look or style we had a matter of days before. Think about how this affects your mood, the energy or vibe you give off, the interactions with others. Crazy huh? Perhaps you wake up in a terrible mood and you mask this by having a great hair day…oooh…perhaps this is why I am extra cranky on those days!? I have nothing to hide behind haha (seriously, a light bulb just went off as I think about this…). Some may disagree altogether and say they don’t place this much emphasis on their hair, and that’s fine too (although, the number of people who have made comments like “I could never do what you did” or from the guys “I shaved my head cuz I didn’t like that I was balding” or when I see someone has made more effort into styling their hair on certain days makes me think there’s far more people out there who think about these things…whether they admit it or not). Either way, I can only write about and speak to what I know and have experienced.
I had a moment the other day, a little temper tantrum (only in my head of course) about just wanting to have my hair back! (Perhaps the above realization is why?!) I was also meeting someone for the first time and even though they knew I shaved my head, the insecurities we all have that surround a first impression washed over me. For most, when you get ready for a night out, meeting, presentation etc., your hair (or lack of) makes a statement about who you are, and combined with your clothing, comes together as a “look”. I honestly felt like I was missing something the other night. I wanted to style my hair to complement my “look” and I couldn’t. *insert pouty lips*
As I gathered my things and took one last glance at myself in the mirror, sans hair, I just thought to myself how much emphasis we place on our hair as being part of our “look” and can use it to enhance a first impression. I realized for me, or for anyone who feels like they are missing something from their “look” that our first impression falls more on personality, not such a bad thing if I weigh the pros and cons. Yeah, yeah…I know, there’s still face, smile etc., but that’s not the first thing people notice…all they see is “she’s bald” and the comments (good, bad, humorous etc.,) the looks, or stares confirm that. To make a long story short…I’d rather win someone over with my personality anyway.
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