social spark Aisling Beatha: Why I Cover My Hair


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Monday, May 16, 2016

Why I Cover My Hair

Recently I have had a number of questions or comments on the fact that I have started to cover my hair most days. Since a number of those questions have come online, I thought it would be easier to write a blog post than to have to type out an answer each time. Then, when someone posts their question or comment I can point them in the direction of this post.

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When it comes to why I am covering my hair there are 3 types of answer,
  • The very short answer 
  • The short answer 
  • The long answer.

Let's start at the beginning shall we.

The very short answer 
The very short answer is that I am covering my hair because I can and because I like it. It really is as simple as that, and if that was enough answer for you, thank you for popping by.

The short answer 
The short answer is that I started covering my hair because it allows me to experiment with colour, texture and form in fabric in a way that is expensive to do in clothes, particularly for women of a larger size.
There was also a small element of protecting my hair sometimes as my hair is waist length and I usually wore it in a plait to one side so that it came forward over my shoulder. We use a gas hob for cooking at home and well, flames and long hair forward over your shoulder are not a good mix. But that really was only a small element of why I started this. Now onto the long answer.

The long answer 
The long answer as to why I cover my hair goes into more detail. I began covering my hair for both of the reasons stated in the previous answer and more but then I discovered lots of things about how it makes me feel, and those are the reasons that I continue to cover my hair, as well as the reasons I began.

First, the "more", You may not have noticed this about me, but I have an unusually HUGE head. No, seriously!  It might not look like it from the photos you see on facebook, but you should try going hat shopping with me and then you would see. In fact, a common family game when clothes shopping and we're bored is "Get Zoe to try on hats and laugh at her".  Even men's extra large hats are not big enough.  And yet, I have always wanted to wear hats; pretty hats, beautiful hats, smart hats, casual hats, hats for keeping warm (BTW Thanks Dana!!!), hats for keeping cool, etc and I can't. Covering my hair in the way that I do now, fulfils that dream.

When I cover my hair:
  • I feel more ready to face the day 
  • I feel stronger 
  • I feel more like a woman (go ahead, sing some Shania Twain, you know you want to)
  • I feel beautiful (in a world that tells me big is most definitely not beautiful) 
  • I feel connected to other women 
  • I feel like I walk taller, inside and out
  • and perhaps most importantly 
  • I FEEL MORE LIKE ME!  The me, I've always known was there, but no one else could see.
And that last reason should be enough, it is enough for me, it is enough for my husband, and that is all that matters.

In the next post I shall address some of the comments and questions that have come my way.

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous3:33 pm

    I love your reasons and I agree, your scarves are beautiful and they do compliment your personality. I love that you have found your own style in your own way and that you are unique and creative. I have yet to find my style and so I find you inspirational.


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