Sunday, September 4, 2016

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

At some point in my early 20s, I decided to let my "freak flag fly", and stopped cutting my hair.  I was curious to discover how long it could get.

  After a decade, my hair reached as far as my knees.  Most of the time, I wore it in a braid, or braids, just to function without it getting in the way.
Two braids could be wrapped around the head.

One braid, when in a hurry
  Other times, I let it hang loose.

My husband Perry also had a lot of hair, but while mine grew down, his grew OUT! 

I walked everywhere, and got a lot of notice & compliments on my hair. Others wondered if all of that hair was "too heavy" on my head, and how long it took to dry, after washing it? 
  I also received some snide remarks. My brother Arlo called me:  "Cousin It".  One day, I walked down the street, and some teens yelled out from their car: "Cut yer fuckin' hair!"

Then there was the time that my hair got stuck in a man's shirt button, as we were passing each other in a narrow pizza parlor hallway.  It took a few minutes to extract the tendrils from his button. He chuckled, and was kind enough to put up with it.
With my daughter Kelly; those were "long hair" years for us both.
My hair also caught on door knobs, and I sat on it a few times, yanking my neck in the process. I cut my bangs in my early 40s, trying for a different look.

 My hair is naturally straight, but because I had to keep it braided most of the time, it was wavy when "let out".

Eventually, I cut it to the middle of my back, which was more manageable.  When I was in my late 40s, I wanted to try a new look, so attempted to bleach my hair (I think I was in my "Marilyn Monroe" period).   
 Unfortunately, I was allergic to the hair bleach.  My scalp tingled, then itched, then burned.  By the time I made the shower, half of my hair fell out.  

Some of it grew back, but not all of it, leaving me permanently bald in spots.  Now I wear a hat when in public most of the time.  One of the many lessons about "loss" in my life, but, after all.... it's just hair!

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