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Short Hair with a Ladybeard

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I’ve had long or long-ish hair for most of my life. The shortest I’ve ever had it was above my shoulders, but still below my ears.

Well, friends.

Last week, I took a huge risk and cut it off!

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Yup.

It brought up a few things for me about the beard.

First, I usually get a bit hypervigilant about shaving my face/neck when I get a haircut. God forbid the person cutting my hair will brush against my face or see the hair. This actually happened to me once about six years ago. I forgot to shave before a hair appointment and didn’t have time to go home, and I was VERY aware of it. The stylist was messing with my hair before cutting it, and her hand brushed against my face, which was pretty stubbly. There was a pause – mine mortified and hers confused – then she got this really ‘oh-honey-I-feel-so-sorry-for-you’ expression and said, in a sappy sort of tone, “By the way, I think you’re just beautiful, no matter what.” I know she meant that to be nice, and I don’t fault her for saying it. It could have been so much worse. Yet, it still left me embarrassed, and I felt weird around her after that. The way she was looking at me kinda gave me the sads. The whole exchange was so awkward, and I had no idea what to say or do.

Also, with long hair, I would alternate shaving days with hair-washing days (I have curly hair and can’t wash my hair every day, or it gets really dry). So, I would shave on days that I didn’t wash my hair, and take a break from shaving on days that I washed my hair. It wasn’t to save time. It was so that when my hair was down, I could hide my face more, or at least distract from my beard. On non-hair-washing days, I would wear it in a ponytail, thus needing to shave because there was nothing to hide behind or distract.

With short hair, hiding won’t be an option. In my more rational moments, I think, “Ok whatever. It’s not like my hair was really doing THAT much so that people wouldn’t notice that I have a beard. I mean, for godsake.” But I’m still alternating days of shaving and not shaving, otherwise my skin gets really red and irritated. So… that means stubble. Noticeable stubble.

Today happens to be a non-shaving day. I had a moment of panic on my way to work this morning. “I see clients all day! What if someone notices!? What if they say something to me about it????????!!!!!”

That feeling lasted for a while. And has come up throughout the day. Nothing to hide behind. Nothing to distract. It’s a totally new, scary feeling.

But then…

I don’t exist so that other people can be pleased by my appearance. I happen to be a woman. I happen to have a beard. If someone is offended by that, it’s seriously not my problem. If someone asked me about it, I hope I would say something like, “Yep, I have some extra hair. Many women do. So, back to what we were talking about…” Just sticking to the facts with a neutral tone. It means nothing about me, other than it means I have a beard. The end.

Aside from my angst about the beard, I LOVE THIS HAIRCUT. It’s so much easier for me to manage! And it also looks cute in a Rosie the Riveter-style bandana tied in it, so there’s that too. Yay short hair!

 

 

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About Carly

A blog about being a lady with a beard.

4 responses »

  1. I took the plunge a while back and went full time with the beard. I got it out to about an inch long, and actually, it looked kind of cute in a Dwarvish sort of way. Then I got this volunteer gig with a very corporate nonprofit, and of course the beard had to go. Not sure how I feel about it. On the one hand, I don’t want to be a hermit and never do anything outside my own circle of friends, but on the other, I am really getting really resentful that there will be serious repercussions for me just being who I am and letting it grow and then venturing “out there”. I feel really hypervigilant when I’m wearing it, like everybody is staring at me (which I keep telling myself that they are not). I wish I could wear it and just relax. I like running my fingers through it during a ponderous moment. My boyfriend likes it. In my private moments, it feels good to just let my body do what it does, but then put me in a social situation, and all hell breaks loose. All I want is to be confident with who and what I am.

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    • I hear you, and feel that resentment too. It’s crazy-making that, because of our social constructs, we feel less allowed to just be. That’s awesome that you grew out your beard. I often jokingly stroke my chin to ponder – it would be great to be able to do it for real as you describe! Thanks for reading!

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  2. That is an absolutely adorable haircut. 🙂

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