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THE HAIR ISSUE / AIR ISSUE

but it's not about hair at all


I humbly thank Rosa Jerez (@bigrosashairdungeon) for her consistent artistry with my hair And… masks! One day we will remember when we wore masks for a year.

DON'T MAKE ME OVER

Long hair is a THING. For me, it's connected to a fantasy about women living in the country. I believed that women who live rurally in Northern California grow strong with their tending the land, making wildcrafted tinctures and pestos of whathaveyou, and they always have long beautiful gray hair, keeping pristine and endless gardens in long and wide muumuus. I've been fantasizing with that fairytale for a long time. Some prep with a bunker, I have been prepped sartorially.* For those who know me on the day-to-day, you have seen the muumuus. Well, not today, folks. Not toooooday. Definitely looking forward to that time and also, to this one that's just around the corner. I was driving the other day and thought to myself- what if I do cut my hair? Will I lose all my power like Samson did in the bible?** Will I become something different, less pretty, more honestly queer, less chances to become a supermodel (Wait- has that time passed already>!>!??!)? Will I be less than what I thought I could be with less hair? Some of you are like, “Who cares? It's just your hair.” But it's part of my identity. Well, identities have become more complex this year. And many of us have discovered our identities and how they work for the first time. And many of us have learned how those identities play into society in ways we never thought possible: capitalistic, colonial, and in ways of freedom and peace and equanimity. Sometimes, all simultaneously. So, what's my point? It's time for a makeover: a refresh that closes the space of who we were and what we are becoming. It's a long tradition, this cutting. Hair's the most obvious, the snipping of the past to mark a new moment. However we decide to do it, we drop the weight of the past, freeing ourselves up for what is to come. It's not just personal. It's what is happening all around. We are collectively alchemizing into a new moment, snipping, repairing, dare I say even healing from this time (step by step). So, let's make over this whole thing, yeah? Maybe the models, systems, and communication you've been working with are no longer serving you, your community or your prospective communities. If you are looking to refresh: (not hair- I don't do that, but have recs for folks who can, see below) mission statements, offerings, pricing, positionality, or communication, I invite you to connect.






I humbly thank Rosa Jerez (@bigrosashairdungeon) for her consistent artistry with my hair And… masks! One day we will remember when we wore masks for a year.

DON'T MAKE ME OVER

Long hair is a THING. For me, it's connected to a fantasy about women living in the country. I believed that women who live rurally in Northern California grow strong with their tending the land, making wildcrafted tinctures and pestos of whathaveyou, and they always have long beautiful gray hair, keeping pristine and endless gardens in long and wide muumuus. I've been fantasizing with that fairytale for a long time. Some prep with a bunker, I have been prepped sartorially.* For those who know me on the day-to-day, you have seen the muumuus. Well, not today, folks. Not toooooday. Definitely looking forward to that time and also, to this one that's just around the corner. I was driving the other day and thought to myself- what if I do cut my hair? Will I lose all my power like Samson did in the bible?** Will I become something different, less pretty, more honestly queer, less chances to become a supermodel (Wait- has that time passed already>!>!??!)? Will I be less than what I thought I could be with less hair? Some of you are like, “Who cares? It's just your hair.” But it's part of my identity. Well, identities have become more complex this year. And many of us have discovered our identities and how they work for the first time. And many of us have learned how those identities play into society in ways we never thought possible: capitalistic, colonial, and in ways of freedom and peace and equanimity. Sometimes, all simultaneously. So, what's my point? It's time for a makeover: a refresh that closes the space of who we were and what we are becoming. It's a long tradition, this cutting. Hair's the most obvious, the snipping of the past to mark a new moment. However we decide to do it, we drop the weight of the past, freeing ourselves up for what is to come. It's not just personal. It's what is happening all around. We are collectively alchemizing into a new moment, snipping, repairing, dare I say even healing from this time (step by step). So, let's make over this whole thing, yeah? Maybe the models, systems, and communication you've been working with are no longer serving you, your community or your prospective communities. If you are looking to refresh: (not hair- I don't do that, but have recs for folks who can, see below) mission statements, offerings, pricing, positionality, or communication, I invite you to connect.






*In truth, I am prepping for fire season, and that includes clearing low-lying brush under tall trees and organizing my community to do the same. That includes getting shipments of water to fill the tanks that were supposed to capture the rain that never came, and deep prayers. As we approach summer, I wish all ease and preparedness to all those who have been affected by natural disaster, political disaster, and all the fires that burn inside and out in our day and age.

** Vanity is a bitch, isn't it?

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