I’d Love to Wear My Hair Like Yours, But

Why do I wear my hair short?  I’ve got a list of reasons.  To be brief or “short,” I love how it looks, it’s easy, it’s cheap, it’s convenient, and it saves time.   But,  there’s another long list – It’s the list of reasons why women tell me they can’t wear their hair short like mine, even though they’d really like to.  Here are just some of the reasons I’ve heard recently:  My hair is too thin, too curly, too wavy, my features aren’t right for that style (translation:  I’m not pretty enough), my head is not the right shape, my husband likes long hair, I’m too fat, it will make me look older (my husband is younger than me) and the biggee: what if it doesn’t look good.

My answers are simple and hopefully, encouraging.  “You can do it.  You have a great face and your hair will be look really good short.  You’ll be able to buy new earrings with all the money you save!  Plus, you can cut it yourself or have a friend/husband do it for you with a $25 trimmer that lasts forever.  Convenient, cheap and great looking – go for it!  And don’t worry, it’s not permanent.  If you hate it, it will grow back. ”  Still though,  after our conversation, I can see I haven’t convinced them.  Their perceptions of their physical appearance remained unchanged.

After years of trying, I’ve just about given up on my motivational speech.  Attempting to persuade women that they’re beautiful enough to wear their hair in any style they want to is like trying to explain to a teenager what their tattoo will look like in 20 years.  They won’t believe it until they see it in the mirror.

Now, I just smile and say thank you to comments about my hair. Then, I tell my husband that I need an “appointment,” get out the little plastic chair, apron, and clippers.  In no time flat, I’m out the door!

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