1. So does this mean you’re a lesbian?
Yes. I came out of the closest by showing up to my dad’s place with a short haircut. How is this even a thing? The length of my hair has as much to do with my sexuality as does any other arbitrary fashion statement. Because that is what hair is. It is a personal expression of your taste in fashion, and not necessarily a personal expression of your sexuality. One does not always deliberately influence the other. The majority of people you meet who think otherwise aren’t worth your time.
2. You must have a “wild side.”
Sure I do, like the time I jumped out a plane with my best friend when we were 19, but my hair was much longer then. I’ve always been a “do what I want” kind of girl. I recognize not everyone else is, and chopping off your hair might be your idea of doing something completely crazy. If it is, and you’re on the fence, do it! What’s the worst that could happen? You end up with a haircut you hate and it grows back in a few months. The best that could happen is that you fall in love with it and you keep it! Honestly. There are crazier things you can do. Tattoos are forever. Haircuts aren’t.
3. You would look more feminine if you grew it out.
You would look more like a decent human being if you stopped talking. In all seriousness though, an acquaintance of mine said this when we were out having a few beers. She expressed sincere concern because she felt that by having short hair, I was selling myself short from how beautiful I “could really look.” The thing is, I have no qualms about my femininity. My mom raised me to believe that it’s a personal experience and to me, I never looked so beautiful or felt more like myself.
4. What does your boyfriend think of it?
I don’t have one, but if I did, he’d better be down with it because odds are, I’ll have this haircut longer than he’s around. Every guy I’ve even flirted with since I cut it two years ago has loved it. If you cut your hair and your boyfriend hates it to the point where he’s vocal about it and making you feel bad about yourself, get rid of him. He should love more about you than your hair, and if that was one of his deal breakers, would you really want to be with somebody who is so superficial? If anything, the cut helped you figure out he was a jerk to begin with. Kudos to you, lady, you just did yourself a HUGE favor.
5. You know you’ll decrease your odds of finding a husband, right?
If the depth of a man’s love for me is challenged by the length of my hair, I don’t want to waste a second with him, never mind spend the rest of my life with him. I’ve lived enough to know that if you spend even a fraction of your time tailoring yourself to what you think someone else wants, you might get what them at first, but it is only going to make you miserable in the long run. Sure, it’s just hair, but in the same way people lost their minds when Jennifer Lawrence chopped hers off, someone is always going to want to say something about any choice you make that they wouldn’t make themselves. Why would I want to give anyone a false idea of what I think of myself and how I choose to feel beautiful? Wouldn’t you want to know the truth up front? I mean, if I am decreasing the odds of finding a husband, I’m decreasing my odds of finding the wrong husband, too. Never mind the fact that I was not aware my life goal was to get hitched. Is it? Am I missing something here? In short — pun intended, maybe — my hair indicates one thing and one thing alone: I love it that way, and I don’t give a damn what you think.