Daily, I get stopped by random strangers asking me the strangest things about my hair. I thought it was time to – once and for all – satisfy your secret curiousity by writing and answering some of those curious questions here.
- What do you do when you go to the bathroom??
Why, I think this is more a question for a biology teacher.
No, I do not use my hair to wipe, as that would be unsanitary. No, I don’t dip my hair in the toilet. Believe it or not, it is not stiff as a helmet, and I am able to move it to the side so as to prevent it from getting into the toilet where one might accidentally pee on it.
This is something I have learned by instinct – not peeing on my hair, that is. It does not require a lot of training, and this should not prevent you from growing your hair.
- Is your hair real???
No! And the cake is a lie, too. Seriously, though – who buys 1 meter long hair extensions? My hair IS real. It looks real – if it would be extensions, I’m pretty sure at 1 meter, you don’t get extensions made from human hair, and I seriously hope people don’t think my hair looks like plastic.
- How long did it take you to grow your hair???
While I can see that this is a valid question, it is pretty much the hardest one I get asked. Because from when do you count growing your hair? I always had hair, so I always grew it. I had my hair long until 4th grade (long as in almost to the butt), then cut it to my shoulders and since then only cut the ends a few times a year. So is that when you count from? If so, then it’s 11-12 years I’ve been growing it.
- How do you wash your hair???
Another easy one: With shampoo and conditioner! And no, I don’t half a bottle of each every time I wash my hair. I use more than a short-haired person, yes, but not excessively much. I don’t need help washing my hair, I just spread out the shampoo/conditioner, pile it on top of my head, rub it in, wash it out. Rinse. Repeat.
- How often do you wash your hair???
I wash my hair 3-4 times a week, depending on how greasy it looks. No, it’s not gross not washing it every day, unless your scalp sweats a lot. I’m always cold, so my scalp isn’t sweaty. Washing your hair every day is not healthy if you want to grow your hair. It wears the hair a lot, so the less often you wash it (within reason), the better. But do not take this as if you shouldn’t shower! I shower more often than I wash my hair, I just put it up in a bun and easily avoid it getting wet without a shower cap.
- How long does it take for your hair to dry??
Also: Do you blow dry it??? No, I don’t blow dry my hair, I air dry and it takes anything from 2 to 5 hours, depending on the weather, what I’m doing, if I braid it etc. Why don’t I blow dry it? Because it, too, is not good if you want long hair. The heat is not good for hair, either. I take my showers in the middle of the day on days where I wash my hair, so I can dry it in peace.
- Don’t you spend hours taking care of your hair???
People would be surprised by how little time I need to spend on my hair. I’m especially surprised when people with 3-coloured, spiky hair ask me this question. This is how my morning hair ritual is: Get out of bed. Unbraid my hair. Run a brush through a few times, done. Unless i’m washing my hair (See further up on this topic), I don’t do anything until bedtime when I braid my hair (not because it gets tangled from sleep, but I share a bed with my boyfriend, and my hair gets in his face if I don’t braid it). In total, I think I spend less time than people who go to the hair dresser every other month and have to shower + style their hair every morning.
- Don’t your hair get tangled all the time???
Surprisingly not. Unless it’s a very windy day, I don’t really have trouble with my hair getting tangled. It’s very smooth, which means it doesn’t tangle much. And if I feel that my hair starts to get tangled a lot, I use a kind of hair oil for a few days (leave-in treatment), and it’s fine again. Also, I actually wear my hair lose or in a ponytail most of the time, because my hair is so smooth (and heavy), it doesn’t stay up in a hair-do for long.
- Do you ever sit on your hair???
While I think it is weird for people to ask a stranger this, I do actually sometimes sit on my own hair. And yes, it hurts. I also get stuck in buttons on my jacket, door handles, slam my hair in the car door, get tangled in other peoples buttons etc. Yeah, it’s very annoying.
- Don’t you get tired of your hair???
If I was tired of my hair, I would cut it. As I’ve said, all of the trouble people seem to think come with long hair, don’t actually exist. I don’t spend hours combing my hair. Yes, I get my hair stuck in weird things, but I usually just laugh at it. All in all, I like having my hair. I won’t rule out that I might some day get tired of it and cut it, but for now – I like my hair. It’s a part of me, and I am pretty sure if I cut it off, people wouldn’t recognize me.
In summary: No, long hair isn’t troublesome, it’s awesome – And you’re welcome to compliment people with long hair, but please, PLEASE – if you don’t know the person, DON’T grab their hair and pet it like it was a dog!