I Am Beautiful
I had long hair, often down to my waist, all the way until high school. When I finally tried shorter hair cuts, I loved the way I looked. I kept my hair short for several years, trying out different styles, dying it crazy colors and just having fun. Recently I decided to completely shave my head to try something new, plus I never liked spending tons of time styling my hair. It took me a few days to get used to seeing myself in the mirror, but I loved how I looked and how my hair (the tiny bit that was left) felt. Most people I knew were either surprised, wanted to know why I shaved my head, or didn't say much, but I did get some compliments, several from random strangers. Sadly some people didn't think I should shave my head as a woman. The worst reaction I got was from a relative of my husband who sent me a nasty message accusing me of making fun of people with cancer, insulting me for not donating my hair, hinting that somehow I was upsetting God by shaving my head, and telling me I COULD be a beautiful lady if I knew how to be a woman. I was hurt that anyone could bring themselves to think those things, but it just made me love my shaved head more. Women can be beautiful with or without hair, and shaving my head was in no way meant to insult women with cancer, I thought the very notion of that was just ridiculous. I replied to her message, addressing each of her complaints about my hair calmly, and I made sure to tell that that I AM a beautiful woman and I don't need long hair to be one.