Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair
Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen
Give me down to there, hair, shoulder length or longer
Here baby, there, momma, everywhere, daddy, daddy
Hair, flow it, show it
Long as God can grow, my hair"
Hair" was written by Mac Dermot, Galt/rado, James/ragni, Gerome.
I love my hair.
I currently have the best hairstyle that I have ever had and don't ever plan on changing it. But never say never. A former student asked me when I would stop growing it and I said that I would be done when they curled it around my feet in my casket. In reality I couldn't stand for it to be that long and probably won't let it get long enough that I'm sitting on it. The weight would be too much and I would probably start getting headaches, which I'm prone to. I get comments, or am asked about my hair several times a week and some weeks it's more. When I first started locking my hair I noticed people looking at me all the time. Five years later I don't notice so much but people aren't as sneaky as they think they are. When you look at someone and then turn quickly to whisper in your friends ear it's pretty obvious that something is up and I'm probably the topic of conversation.
It took me two years of thinking about it before I actually put them in. First I would tentively mention getting them, in a joking manner, to my daughter or a close friend. I read a lot about how to put them in, take care of them and the best thing I read was from DreadheadHQ.com about what to expect when you had them and how to think about the reactions you would get. If you are going to wear your hair in a way that is very different from the mainstream in your community you are going to get some attention. It's the way that you look and deal with that attention that makes the experience either positive or negative. I chose positive.
If I catch someone staring at me I just smile and say hello. What this leads to has always been a great interaction or at the worst a pleasant greeting. I've never had a bad experience ever. I've had the most intersting conversations that have started because of my hair. My hair makes me approachable to many people, it makes a big statement about me before I even open my mouth. It also makes me very recognizable. I laughingly say that I have to always be on my best behavior because my hair makes people remember me, but it's true.
So here is to hair in whatever style you choose to express yourself.
Let it fly in the breeze and get caught in the trees
Give a home to the fleas, in my hair
A home for fleas, a hive for the buzzing bees
A nest for birds, there ain't no words
For the beauty, splendor, the wonder of my hair.