I’ve been gymming in the mornings again. It feels a lot easier when you’re awake at the same time as the sun and not before it. I forgot how good it feels that by the time. I guess by default you naturally also feel much more awake when by the time you leave for work you’ve been awake for 2hrs. The hard part is without a doubt getting up. Once you’ve done that, it’s pretty much easy sailing.
Anyway. I digress from my point. You’ve heard before about how I cover my hair for religious reasons (I promise that one day I’ll write about it. It would be quite a post to tackle). So for gym i cover my hair with a plain scarf, but after I shower and I’m getting dressed for the day at work – out come the accessories, scarf (sometimes even two or three) etc.
If you think what you see on the outside is quite elaborate, it’s nothing on what’s underneath. First, I put a velvet headband on my head – in essence, it’s just a thick strip of velvet that prevents the scarf from slipping back (no more relying on hair clips and scarves slipping off your head. Awkward). Then I wear a volumiser. It makes it looks like theres a hellava lot more hair under my scarf than there really is (sometimes I wonder if I should keep these a secret, so people think I have the longest, thickest, curliest, loveliest locks ;)) The volumiser is kind of like a cap thing, with a pillowy part, it kind of reminds me of Smurfette’s white hat – especially when I wear my white one. I even add an extra scarf inside scrunched up to give it a little more solidity. Then comes the scarf, or often, scarves. I wrap, I twist, I tie. Different colours, patterns, textures, weights – there’s really such variety. Finally I’ll add a clip, a ribbon, a bow, an alice band. All done.
And then you get the final product.
It takes a good couple of minutes, but I’ve really started to enjoy it and how it looks. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss my hair. Especially in a gym changing room, where I actually get to see myself with my hair down. And this is where I begin to wonder – what do other people thing of this? How does this look to you?
Because why would a young girl, with long, beautiful curls choose to hide her hair like this? Or even a girl with scraggly hair? (or any female human?) Why would anyone do this? Would your first thought be for religious reasons? Is it to be trendy? (I’ve actually been asked that before. True story). Aside for that, what about this weird ritual of under-accessories? In all honesty – if you saw someone like this at the gym, doing what I do every day, what would you think? I’m sure you would be at least a little bit intrigued, if you don’t find it a bit odd (I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what I would think!)
So this is what’s been going around my head recently, and it’s not in an embarassing way – I in no way actually care about what people think about this choice of mine. I have my reasons for doing this, I think I do it rather beautifully and I actually really like it. But it just makes me wonder, especially if I’m sharing mirror space at gym, what these other ladies think about this crazy chick.
Tell me, what would you think? (ps. this is a safe space. No judgement)