Monday Notes: Resisting Social Norms

Published September 26, 2022 by Nan Mykel

Yes, yes, yes…

K E Garland

The other day, I went for my biannual haircut. The difference is I’ve been growing my gray hair out since 2021. It’s blossomed a lot faster than I’d anticipated, adding about four inches of snowy white strands on either side of my head, and a salt-and-pepper effect from my crown to the nape of my neck. 

“I saw your pictures on Instagram,” my stylist said. “And I was like, ‘oh, she must done decided to let it all go.’”

I laughed and assured her that was exactly what I’d decided.

“It’s been harder than I thought,” I told her. “One time my husband looked over and asked, ‘are you just gonna have a big gray afro?’ But you know…I haven’t decided what I’m gonna do with it just yet.” Then, I confided, “I almost re-dyed it.”

“Hmmmph,” she replied.

Usually, my stylist finishes my cut and dramatically swirls me around…

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