What is it about hair that makes it so emotionally charged?
Some people seem to rest their entire lives on their hair. A friend used to say “well when my hair gets long again this will happen or that will happen or I will be happier.” She honestly believed this. I’m not talking about Kari by the way. Kari and I did however have a discussion about hair a few weeks ago. I was telling her that as silly as it sounds, I’ll be happy to be back to my natural if only because people will have to like me for me and not my hair. How ridiculous does that sound? It’s not that I’m saying “oh people liked me so much because I was blonde!” But people honestly did notice me more. They would come up to me and ask me where I got it done, or how I achieved it being so white, since towards the end I was doing it on my own. My hair was a sort of statement that collaborated with the clothing I like to wear. At times I felt like people liked my “statement” first and me second. Kari understood what I meant. She told me how people would tell her all the time how much they loved her long curly hair and how beautiful it was. It was almost like her hair was an entity entirely unto its own.
Someone else’s hair can be emotional for another person as well. If your name is Marion, Bryce’s hair might hold some secret tenderness in your heart. In A Tale of Two Cities Dr. Manette, who was held in the Bastille in France for 18 years, kept with him a locket of his lover’s golden hair. This creates a pretty emotional reunion when he, as a broken and somewhat deranged man, meets his daughter for the first time. Her golden hair is what helps him recall many sweet memories, once lost to him while being housed in the Bastille. We all I am sure easily recognize the lyrics “your hair is everywhere. Screaming infidelities and taking its wear.” Thank you Chris Carrabba. Harper gave me a good sized copy of this photo she took of me. My mom showed it to my papa the other day and he began to tear up. It reminded him so much of my grandmother.
I am wanting to know. What is it that makes hair so emotional?