February 14, 2013


Since I started this journey, I have let my hair and nails grow. That’s six weeks of growth for both, something I’ve never let happen before. Neither is beyond acceptable social norms for males yet (though the nails are crossing a line, IMO), but both are longer than I normally wear them. I’ve been nervously wondering when someone would notice.

Well, today at work, someone said something about my hair.

The someone in question was my sister, who works for the same employer I do. We work on opposite sides of the facility and don’t see each other daily, but be ran into one another at the coffee pot. She’s used to seeing me with very short hair — for years I just clippered my hair at home using about a half-inch head — and so this is probably the longest she’s seen my hair since high school.

“Wow,” she said, “You’re letting your hair grow.”

I shrugged. “Yeah. I just haven’t felt like cutting it lately.”

“Are you going to keep it longer?”

“I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with it yet.”

She looked at me for a moment. “It looks good,” she said finally. “It’s really different from those buzz cuts you usually have.”

And that was it. I think it’s the first conversation I’ve ever had with someone about my hair that didn’t basically go “Hey, you got a haircut” “Actually, I got all of them cut!” I appreciate that she was complimentary about it, but it’s still the first indicator that this I’ve made a noticeable change in my appearance, one evident enough to elicit a comment.

Now, I’m just waiting on the first person to say something about my nails …

Update: Crazy. A second person, this time a female coworker, commented on my hair today. Said it looked good longer. So, definitely a noticeable change. And hey, it’s drawing compliments! Can’t complain about that.

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