People often ask me why I have a shaved head. To be truthful, I have had short hair for so long now that it always surprises me when people ask.
I am used to children commenting about my hair cut. I love that they are so innocent of etiquette that they say things out loud. And it's often a bit amusing to see their parents shushing them and getting all embarrassed. I really don't mind when kids say innocent stuff and don't use their "manners"; as you can probably tell from my parenting style, it really doesn't bother me :)
Usually children say "Mum, why does that lady have no hair?"
But once I heard child ask, "Mum, why is that man wearing a dress?" lol
I guess that particular child had never seen a woman with short hair...
I first shaved my head when I was 20 years old. I'm now 39 so for nearly half my life I've had this hair style!
I'd had long hair my whole life til then.
One reason I never had short hair as a child was because I did ballet. Yes, I know that these days you can do ballet with a short hair cut but I did have a rather old fashioned ballet teacher. Every student had to have their hair tied in a bun. Not just for performances but even for lessons she was really strict about having any loose hairs 'flying around'!
Girls that had fringes had to pin and spray them back. Girls who were so rude as to actually cut their hair short were required to buy hair pieces and spend hours pre-class doing their hair.
I can remember my motivation for cutting my hair when I was twenty.
I wanted to have a new start in my life.
I was absolutely sick and tired of being pretty and girly. I was the typical fit, blonde, tanned beach girl and I didn't want to be treated like that anymore...either by males or females.
I wanted to do something radical. I was so tired of conforming my whole life. As a kid I totally brought into the lie that if you are polite, if you do well at school, if you excel at sports, if you are nice to people then everyone will like you and you will succeed in life.
I think I was very naive. Of course I was! I was a kid, but I also think that my personality and circumstances dictated that naivety.
I was under no illusion that changing my hairstyle would change my life but I also knew that it would change how other people viewed me.
Now I am just so used to it. It is such an easy hair style to maintain! Once a month I pull out the clippers and that is it. No washing or brushing or trimming or bad hair days!
I sometimes get asked if I am a Buddhist. Well my religious beliefs do include Buddhism but this is not the reason for my hair cut.
I have thought about growing my hair someday but I can't really imagine doing it soon.