|Look Ma! No hair! (In all honesty,|
it's actually really stubbly because I'm
awful at shaving my head!)
Ever since I decided I was going to have a mohawk someday (very early Freshman year of high school), I knew I had to razor shave the sides at least once. I mean, if my hair was already going to be so short on the sides, what time would be better? So both getting a mohawk and razor shaving the sides went on my list of things to do in my life. Now fast forward to today. Or last Sunday night rather. I finally decided it was time to take the plunge. Getting my mohawk, and then razor shaving the sides weren't simple decisions for me, so I want to talk about the thoughts and emotions that surround "taking the plunge" on extreme hairstyles.
Bold Hair and the Long-Term Commitment:
|The first time I tried to put my hair up.|
I still didn't want to take the plunge.
This is January 2009
Bold Hair and Reactions from "Normal" People:
I've heard horror stories about how people react to extreme hairstyles, but honestly, I have never really gotten any horribly negative reactions (at least to my face!). My friends are a very joking kind of group, so they made fun of me, but I know them well and know that they were only joking around with me. They are altogether very accepting, so suddenly having a mohawk didn't faze them at all. (I think they may have expected it from me in the first place!) My classmates and teachers all thought it was totally awesome, so I got lucky there as well. I've never been obnoxious about my hair in class though, and I always try be respectful by sitting either on the sides of the room or in the back so I don't block other students' views. What about people on the street, you might ask? Most of the time they don't say anything. Occasionally someone says they love it but would never be able to do it themselves, it's interesting, or that I am very brave for having it. Sometimes people ask to touch my hair, which I generally allow, even if it is a bit weird to me. I mean, it's just hair with a bunch of hairspray in it, but if I make their day more interesting, that's cool to me too. I get asked a lot how long it took to put up; to which I surprise them and say 15 to 20 minutes depending on how long my mohawk is at the time. I think I spend less time on my hair than a normal girl with long hair! Most of the people that ask me questions or comment on my hair are elderly ladies, college-age "alternative"-looking guys, or African American women. Little kids are the cutest because they stop and stare or point me out to their parents (who try to hush them up quickly)! Once I had a little girl point me out to her father, who then told me he loved my hair and asked his daughter if she wanted to have hair like mine someday. She nodded and he said something along the lines of "good girl!" However there are some annoying people out there. The most annoying/rude people are the ones who try to take stealth pictures of my hair. I mean, if they would just ask, I would allow them with no problem, but they don't even say anything to me. It's obvious they are taking a picture on their phones, so I don't understand why they don't just ask! I haven't confronted any of these stealth photographers about it yet, but I might if it starts offending me enough. Do any of you have any experience with these kinds of people?
Bold Hair and Inner Emotions:
|My mohawk right after I first got it. My mom thought it was|
so cool, haha! This is February 2009, about a month after
I first tried to put my hair up!
Some people have been asking me what my "natural" hair looks like. Honestly, before I started coloring it with bright colors, I was putting blonde highlights in it all throughout high school, but this picture is about as close as it gets! This is in my second year of college, when I didn't get highlights put in, so the light streaks are mostly from the sun. Hooray for embarrassing awkward photos!
|Yay Renn Faires! This is sometime in mid 2008. |
(Good gawd, don't look at my eyebrows!)