It was an amazing experience having my head shaved. First of all, as a woman who has never had hair shorter then chin length I had no idea how relaxing a buzzer feels on the head. Not knowing that is scary though.
Secondly, there is a very emotional side to not having hair. I found myself feeling uglier then normal on regular days. I also was somewhat self-conscience in public, especially without a hat until about August. Everywhere I went I had to expect people to give me curious looks but not really because of the lack of hair in it's self. It was because people naturally thought I was in chemotherapy. Particularly when my hair was extremely short.
At work, many people though I was vastly ill and were afraid to ask me. So they asked my bosses and then they congratulated me and admitted they were worried I was ill. It was very sweet. To this day I still have a few people that ask if I was sick, because I have more hair now people who do not know me as well are more comfortable asking. I am pretty friendly and I am pretty open with people but I can completely understand why they would be shy about asking.
Growing my hair out has been interesting. I was determined to try to have fun with it and I did to some extent. At this point, I am just trying to grow it. From March until around August, it just grew straight out and would not lay down. It was just a puff ball. In April, before C2E2 I had a quick buzz to the sides and back so that it was less of a round puff ball. Once it started laying down I was much happier.
Now it's long enough on top for me to play with it a little bit. Here is a trip through some of my hair styles this year. It's been fun.
|During the shave!|
|A shot of my long hair just before the shave.|
|Directly after the shave. The cut was uneven and I don't shine in grey. lol.|
|Blue is a better color.|
|One month later. April at C2E2.|
|June, puff ball hair. This is my head scarf hiding it.|
|Awe yeah! Fun hair!|
|September before the Dragon Boat race!|
|September at RetroCon. I had a weird haircut.|
|October at NYCC. Black hair. I liked this look.|
|November. I had a Mohawk for three days before my surgery.|
She cut it wrong.
|December or January?|
|February and current look. It's just growing out.|