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White is Not Right

by baldilocks

[cap­tion id=“attachment_60080” align=“aligncenter” width=“236”]grayfro Not my hair[/caption]

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.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or con­tribute to Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism — -»»baldilocks

by baldilocks

grayfro
Not my hair

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.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects: Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or contribute to Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>baldilocks