Look! She’s got a bald head
When I first saw her, I automatically assumed the worst. I quietly asked a mutual friend, “has she got cancer?”
“No,” the friend replied, “She just shaved it.”
“Why?” I was a bit intrigued.
“Her boyfriend thought it would be cool, and she agreed.”
Fair enough, I thought and went on about my business. I do confess, just between you and me, dear reader, that I did glance over in her direction one or two times more than I would have under normal circumstances.
Isn’t it interesting how conditioned we are to the so-called norm, the habitual way of doing and seeing things?
I mean you see a man with a shaved head and it’s like, oh, there’s a man. See a woman with a shaved head and it’s almost like an abnormal sighting.
A lot of that is due to the fact that men generally thin out on top or get the Friar Tuck look as a matter of course, then shave the loose ends as a tidy-up.
And of course there was Yuly Borisovich Briner, (Yul, to his mates) who was going the bald-headed thing in a big way back in the 1950’s. It became his trademark in fact.
Not so for women. You hardly ever saw a woman with a shaved head, unless she wasn’t well, and even then many would wear a wig. There was Grace Jones, but she doesn’t really count. She was ahead of the- I don’t give a fig, curve.
We are so conditioned. Trained bears in the circus of life.
But the times they are a-changing. Women are shedding their tresses and curls, foregoing long hours at the hairdressers for a pair of clippers and a razor. And the best part … they are doing it just because they want to. They are leaving the circus. Doing as their spirit moves them. It’s pleasing to see. And that’s from someone who admires long hair.
Hair has been a big deal in peoples lives. Some worship their hair.
Then there is the hair industry, said to be churning over multi billions, some say the industry is worth more than Greece’s GDP.
Even the Bible buys into it. Apparently the word “hair” is mentioned 64 times and the word “hairs” 15.
Prophet Ezekiel, a straight shooter if ever there was one, doesn’t mince words as usual when he says, “Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads.”
Now, I rush to tell you, dear reader, I am no theologian! But from what I do know of things biblical, Ezekiel is the man. If I were a prophet I’d be Ezekiel. No nonsense, straight to the point, this is your spirituality for grown-ups kinda guy. When he says, people should poll their heads, he doesn’t mean he’d take a tyre iron to the heads of those who didn’t do as told, poll means trim.
Today’s women choosing to exercise their freedom of expression, through doing exactly as they please with their hair, is in my view, just another example of the transformation this world is going through.
Slowly, slowly, the world is changing, transmuting one soul at a time. Progress may seem slow, but never fear, Love will prevail.
I’ll leave you with another Ezekiel quote. Seems to fit since we’re talking about change:
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.