Originally composed on June, 27, 2010.
I’ve been having my hair cut/head shaved every two weeks for about twenty years now. However, every so often I decide to let my hair grow just for grins. Three weeks ago, I made that decision yet again and I have a very tiny TWA. (Short-and-curly has a different connotation to me than it does to most other people.) This time, however, something was different.
Yesterday, I was hand-washing dishes in my great-aunt’s kitchen. The house is old-school, almost eighty years in existence. (We’ve even had to add electrical outlets because it was built when electricity was as new and rickety as iPhones are now [contemporaneous]). Anyway, over the sink is a medicine chest with a mirror, along with a light which shines down on the head of whomever is standing at the sink. As I washed dishes, I happened to look at my new growth of hair and guess what!
There is a whole frickin’ lot of salt in my used-to-be unadulterated pepper.
See you tomorrow, my beloved barber.
2014: In the last three months, I’ve allowed my hair to grow again—not so baldilocks anymore. It’s an inch long. When I composed the original post, I wasn’t completely honest. I was under a lot of stress at that time and wasn’t taking care of my rather fragile hair properly. So it was breaking off, and I began shaving my head again.
Well, I’m under a lot of stress again, but, this time, I’m treating my hair and the rest of my body well and they are responding, but, Holy Toledo! My hair is a full-on salt-and-pepper team. (Some of you all are used to this, but my 72-year-old mom didn’t start going gray until the last five years.) But, I’m going to let it grow this time.
So, should I dye it?
Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015.
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