Having short hair can be a blessing and a curse. The cursing part usually comes from the repetitive attention you get regarding the length of your hair. It's not anyone's fault, though. Society is wired to have these weird stigmas about the length of hair.
I for one, have had short hair for years and I'm continuously surprised about how interested people are in my journey. Hair comes in all different shades and lengths if you're willing to explore your options. As a matter of fact, a lot of celebrities rock bad*ss short haircuts we can all take major inspo from.
If you're riding the short hair train like me, you know you're tired of hearing or answering these things at every stop along the way.
1. "Don't you miss having longer hair?"
Sometimes, people actually cut their hair because that's a style they're a lot more comfortable in. Besides, we miss a lot of things in life; that doesn't mean we necessarily need them. Also, does anyone ask a person who gets their ends cut off if they miss having them around?
2. "Wow, you're so bold."
Since when has cutting your hair made you the equivalent of Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, volunteering as tribute? It's a haircut, not arming up for the games, people. Again, this goes back to acquaintances thinking you're taking a risk because you make yourself more susceptible to judging and questioning with short hair.
3. "You're so lucky your hair is short."
Lucky? No quite. Now, winning a million dollars would fall under the category of being "lucky." Cutting your hair is a choice, for the most part, and a lifestyle that can easily be changed if you want it to. If cutting your hair makes you lucky, then I must be some mystic unicorn with rainbow poo.
4. "When are you going to grow it out again?"
I haven't set an expiration date for my short hair. Why do you suddenly have to counteract my choice for short hair? Yes, it will grow back, but I can make the choice to cut it again. Are you understanding the cycle yet?
5. "How could you cut off all of your beautiful hair?!"
Well, there are theses amazing places called barbershops and hair salons that welcome you and your hair with open arms. If you can manage to sit for long enough, you can leave with some beautiful results. The only effort it takes to cut your hair is getting up, going out, and doing it.
6. "What does [enter SO's name] think?"
Hey, aren't I the one who's walking around with my head every day? Of course you'll consider what your boo will think about your new cut, but it's ultimately your decision. No one's opinions should give validation to how you want to look.
7. "You look like [enter stereotypical person with short hair]."
If I had a dollar for every time someone said I looked like someone I totally didn't, just because we both had short hair, student loans would be a thing of the past. It's sort of understandable, but becomes a little absurd because you and this person couldn't look more different. People with short hair aren't interchangeable; we're all unique.
Having short hair is probably one of the best decisions I ever made. At the end of the day, it's what makes me the most comfortable in my skin... and that's all that should really matter.