ADVICE: "Looking Different Is Pretty Common These Days"

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April 9th, 2014

Dear Andrew,

I've had long hair since I was very young. I've only cut it once so I could play high school baseball. Since then, I've let go of my baseball dreams and started back down the path of growing my hair out again. It's almost at its perfect length. The only thing is, my parents aren't the biggest fans of long hair, and it can be hard to find a part time job with long flowing locks. Still, I feel like it's part of me, and I don't feel comfortable without it -- I don't look like myself with short hair. Andrew, as someone who's also had long hair for a long time, do you have any advice on how I can keep my long hair from affecting my life?

Your friend,
Chris

Dear Chris,

Having long hair will always affect your life, no matter what. It can be in small ways, like clogging the drain with clumpy slime after just one shower, or having to make sure you don't zip your own hair into your coat. Or it can be in bigger ways, like with the job difficulties you mentioned, or just dealing with people's perceptions and snap judgments about long haired dudes.

It's interesting to note how strongly hair styles can impact our appearance and how people interpret us. If someone has a shaved head, that "look" has such a strong set of vibes that come along with it, compared with someone who has long hair, or medium length hair, or a bald spot. And then there are hair styles -- spiked up, perfectly combed, crazy colors, dreadlocks, super clean, super greasy, and so on. Perhaps even more than our style of dress, our hairstyle seems to define us and send a message to the world about who we are and what we do. I can't tell you how many times people have asked me if I'm a musician, just because I've had long hair.

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This news item was posted on: April 09, 2014