Just sitting down and talking to her, I felt embolden, strong and even daring. In June, she begged her mom for permission to shave the sides of her head and attended her prom with her sides faded, a hairstyle she saw, liked and went after, but now, that she is back in school, the same beloved style poses to be a problem.
She had never shaved her head before and quiet frankly, neither have I. And although it is the first time, it has rewarded her with both blessings and a whiplash of responses from her peers, especially the guys. Since the beginning of school she has rocked her Mohawk in a two strand braided bun. The style has made managing her head space so much easier: apply some hair oil, brush and she is out the door.
However, with the school rules bearing down her neck, she'll have to readjust her style and in the mean time, shoulder the taunts of the guys. One sat down right next to her as we spoke. He was very open with his opinion and told her that she looked like a boy and the only reason she should have hair that short was if she was sick with cancer, or if she has "niggery hair that can't push." The taunting went on and she sat there, young, rosy and content with herself and I, on the other hand, had to calm myself and the-things-I-wanted-to-say down . I simply told her that people will always respond to drastic change even if it is on someone else. I'm looking forward to her new growth and even with her faded sides, I know this growth began to happen the moment she shaved her sides.
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