Hair for hope – Part 1

I never know my hair carries so much weight until the day that I decided to go bald for a good cause. The mere thought of being bald already gives me a sense of insecurity and anxiety. 

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Hair for Hope 2014! Support me!

Hair for Hope 2014!
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There was Chinese literature which regarded hair as 三千烦恼丝, which translates to 3 thousand strands of worry. I think I could resonate with this!

My hair is curly/ wavy in nature, not the nice or stylish ringlets though. Before I could afford hair-straightening, I had been struggling to keep my hair presentable, let alone in style. Everyday-is-a-bad-hair-day eroded my self-esteem a lot. Let me further pen down my love-hate relationship with my hair.

During Form 5, I suddenly became A LOT MORE active: besides joining girl guide, I also joined softball club and got to run for green house on sports day, so I had to bike 4km to school for training in the scorching afternoon. My hair was just ear-length but still it’s too hot for my survival and too time-consuming to manage. One hot afternoon, after waking up from nap in sweat, I decided to cut my hair super short. I told the hairstylist,

“I want my hair real short, until the top of my hair could stand up, like tweety bird’s!”

Hair like tweety!

Hair like tweety!

I was happy with the outcome: the head was lighter, using a lot less shampoo, and I did not even need to comb my hair (just shake-dry, haha)! That was the shortest hairstyle I had to date.

Standing on the rightmost, I looked like a boy with spiky hair!

I entered university with the same short spiky hair and that attracted dramas! For one, many uni-mates thought I was a lesbian -_________-

Spiky-hair + tomboyish = les

Too reckless a formula -__________-

Besides, I kept hearing people mentioned “Ah Lian” wherever I went. That stirred my curiosity: who’s Ah Lian?

One fine day, R bumped into me in the canteen and greeted, “Hi, Ah Lian!”

I looked at him aghast: What?! So I’m the legendary Ah Lian??? I wasn’t familiar with this term at all so I asked around what it actually meant and I wasn’t happy!

SY: Ah Lian and Ah Beng, people who are crazy.

Go and have a look at wiki entry of Ah Lian.

 

To be continued… 

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