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The Rapunzel Struggles

When television commercials showed long silky hair, the young me would drool and dream. I always wanted to have luscious locks, and achieved them at one point. The moment of truth though, came up when I had to maintain it – thus managing to not look like I have a bird's nest fitted on my head. Apart from fact that I have lost count of how many hairbands I lose every day, here are a few cons of having long hair. 


The necessities of hair care lengthen as it grows. This means, you need more oiling, more shampooing, more conditioning and so on. The misery is that drying the huge wet mass feels like an entire day's work. Crucial time management has to be done before deciding whether to wash the hair or not. Otherwise, bid adieu to a good hair day. Also, please take into notice that it takes a great deal of courage to endure oiled hair. It feels like the surrounding air becomes pungent with the smell of narikel tel in no time. On the other hand, the struggle is necessary. Otherwise, get ready to shed some dandruff, not to mention the hair fall. 


There are times when you let your hair free, but it finds something to hold on to. You can never let go and submit to the guilty pleasures of dancing to Bollywood songs as well because of possible hair pulls. Long hair binds to curtains, bag zippers, dangly earrings and we can let the list go on. It can also be the other way around, where stuff like pens and sunglasses are much too attracted to the hair. Tying your hair is never really a solution because you end up looking like a pineapple or getting a headache. So we come to the conclusion that handling long hair is a battle itself. With your long braid, therefore, you are a Dothraki Khal too. 


No one minds a windy day when the breeze is a respite from the scorching sun. Well then, when the tufts of beloved locks cover your face, priorities begin to shift. Don't get me started on the multiplier effect of heat from the lot of hair because there are enough summer rants already. Similarly, washing your hair on a rainy day means that it will never dry by itself. Humidity never leaves anyone alone, and especially not your hair. As the two weeks of winter come along, you get a bad case of hair frizz. Basically, as Ariana Grande said to her hair, I too, have one less problem without it.


Whatever the length, having luscious locks are one of the best things that can happen to anyone. No one ever says they do not like their hair, no matter how much they hate everything else. Nonetheless, my grandmother gave me a look of utter sadness and disappointment when she saw my bob. It reminded me how hard it was to see precious tufts fall to the ground when you get a haircut. This now gets me think

ing whether this article is my way of self-consolation. But it isn't.

I am better off without long hair. Or am I?

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