In other news …

I got my hair did the other day by Leah at Lab Salon and I think I’m FINALLY past the “awkward curly grow-out” stage and into the “pretty cute” stage.

Leah totally “gets” my thick ethic hair and I can’t tell you how nice it is to totally trust your hairdresser. Plus she’s so excited that my hair is getting long enough for her to style that I can’t disappoint her now by chopping it off … 🙂

After I made that post about bullies the other day I had a revelation. I was tormented in elementary school about my hair. It was thick, wiry, fuzzy and very ethnic looking and I was told it made me look ugly, witch-like and because nobody could figure out my nationality there were various racial slurs thrown at me all at once.

I have had my hair short, long and everywhere in-between but when it’s short – that’s the only time I feel like myself. Probably because when my hair was short nobody heckled me because there was nothing to heckle.

I’ve been growing out my hair since February and every time I would look in the mirror I would hear a voice in my head telling me that my curly hair was ugly. Or that it made me look crazy, witchy or like Bea Arthur (who I love but don’t want her hair).

I realized after I wrote that blog post that I still carry around the voices of my bullies … and that they are undermining my hair!! And STILL f-ing with my self-esteem.

So much like I embraced the gray hair that I have the privilege of growing I have decided to embrace the JEW FRO that my ancestors passed down to me and ROCK IT to the best of my ability. And most importantly all the haters from elementary school (who can suck it) and are now officially CAST OUT from my brain and never allowed back in.  🙂

Anyhoo – after my hair appointment I stopped by the tattoo shop for a kiss from the owner and ended up getting a tattoo! *laugh*

This is a tattoo I’ve wanted for a while and originally our apprentice Chris was going to do it as his 100th tattoo … but it never ended up happening so Ger did it for me instead. Sorry Chris!! 🙂

It turned out so cute … it’s on my forearm btw.

Inside the envelope is a wish … but I’ll never tell you what it is.  🙂

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0 Responses to In other news …

  1. Catlyn says:

    adorable hair and adorable tattoo! =)

  2. Rebecca says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous hair… You are so lucky.

    I too have curly, gray Jewish hair, but I keep it super short and color it. I don’t think it would look nearly as good on me!

  3. Sherry says:

    I completely understand the hair issues! I have the same hair and lived through all kinds of comments about my “wild” hair. Now, finally, at 47 I’ve embraced my hair and am growing it out. It’s finally to my shoulders (longer when wet) 😀
    I recommend you read “Curly Girl” and try their products (all vegan). They are perfect for us Curly Girls!

  4. Rebecca says:

    Hey! I understand about the hair issues although I was never taunted by bullies who Definately SUCK! over my hair. My hair has 3 waves in it and that is it. I have been rather envious of folks with any significant amount of curl in their hair. Mine is for the most part straight. I personally like your hair short, long, in between it is your decision. I do have a question and that is how many tattoos do you have? Just curious. Yeah I know what happened to the cat. LOL.

  5. Karine says:

    I love, love, love your hair! I’ve had fine, mostly straight hair all my life, and it’s a pain, because there’s only so much you can do with that hair, like keep it between chin length and shoulder length. It’s too limp to cut it really short, and it’s too thin to grow it really long.

    Just goes to show you, we’re never happy with what genetics has given us.

    Also, I do have a soft spot for jew fro’s. I would give a lot of money to be able to time travel back to the early 80s and ruffle Harold Ramis’ hair! He totally rocked it!

  6. Stacia says:

    My daughter has that same hair. We have tried EVERYTHING under the sun with hers. Finally, she chopped it to a chin-length bob,and dyed it Manic Panic Shocking Blue. The blue did TONS for her confidence… now people stare at her hair because its vivid electric blue, not because of the texture! Lol. Embrace your individuality!!!If we all looked the same, it would be SOOOO boring!

  7. Anne says:

    I think your hair is beautiful and I’ve been envious of it since I first saw the cover of How it All Vegan!

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