I’ve always been a hair person. For a great deal of my life it was long enough to touch the top of my pants. Any time I would cut it short I would immediately start growing out. My hair is soft and feminine and I’ve always listed it as one of my favorite physical features. About two years ago I took several inches off and it’s a comfortable length. For the most part I just put it up in a ponytail. It’s a seriously low-maintenance haircut.
But, with BJJ, my hair now feels REALLY long. Too long to be really comfortable rolling on the mats. I have to constantly fix my hair because it gets in my face and in my eyes and in my partner’s mouth. I usually wear it in a ponytail because if I use a bun it can really get in my way.
It starts off fine, but then quickly moves into this tangled mess:
So I’ve been toying around with the idea of cutting it. And by cutting it I mean shaving it. I am going to give it some time. No worries about me chopping it all off tonight, but if I do end up going to Brazil in 2013 I’m seriously considering doing it. It’s been on my mind so much that today, in my jet-lag induced nap I had a dream about it.
In my dream I was talking to my dad and my dad had a fancy electric shaver with the kind of blades you’d usually find in a fancy razor. You know, the kind where you buy the packs of razor blades and unscrew the top and put a new blade in? Well in my dream you can go to Fred Meyer and have them sharpen your blades. I decided in my dream “YEAH, I’ll shave my head!” but decided I’d leave a fringe in the front. My father said I could use his shaver but he was out of blades. So we went to Fred Meyer and they were sharpening the blades, and I started looking around at the different models. I finally went outside, tired of waiting for the blades, and so I bought some new blades. I tied my hair into a tight ponytail and took the razor blade and just started cutting it off with no shaver. As I was about 80% finished the cops came and tried to take me away and a psychiatrist was asking me why I was doing this.
So apparently the whole shaving my head thing has been on my mind. I also realize I may not SHAVE it, but rather get a teensy tiny haircut. It leads me to ask this question to the ladies: who has changed their haircuts to fit their BJJ lifestyle? Or have you resisted and kept the long hair? What do you do with your long hair when you roll?