July 30, 2013

The Hair Up There

I’m getting tired of my wig. Not the style, just the having to wear it part. I have a large head and so it’s never fit quite right; and it’s summer, so wearing it out is like wearing a wool hat on a sunny day. But most importantly, I don’t like wearing my wig because it makes me feel fake.

But oh, does hair take too long to grow! I have not cut my hair since January 1st (literally — my last haircut was on New Year’s Day). That cut was a short “buzz” cut, leaving about 3/4 of an inch atop my head. Even though I’ve done my research and I know that hair only grows about 6 inches a year, I am frustrated by the pace. I want to wear my own hair out, not a hairpiece!

The good news is that, at least in these first six months, my hair grew faster than that average. Left to its own devices, it’s gained just over 4″ in seven months; I have roughly 5 inches up there right now. But a lot of that came in the first four months or so, and over the course of July I’ve noticed a considerable slowdown in growth.

5 inches is good, but it’s still not enough to do something with. It doesn’t look long, just unkempt, especially since it turns out I have really wavy hair (something I never knew, as I’d never had hair more than a couple inches long in my life). Seriously, what am I supposed to do with this?

Shaggy with a chance of tangles.

I should probably get the split ends trimmed, just for overall hair health, but the thought of giving up any of this length right now annoys me. Still, a trip to the salon for a trim and a consult seems inevitable. Maybe she can find a way to style it so that it at least looks somewhat feminine.

In the meantime, I’ll make do with my wig, hot days or not. “Beauty is pain” and all that.

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